Volunteering at the NGO Welcome Desk


During sessions of the Human Rights Council, the Welcome Desk works with a team of part- or full-time volunteers.

    Sessions 2014
    Your benefits
  • Hands-on experience in an international conference
  • Possibility to assist to the sessions of the Council
  • Possibility to make contacts with a large range of participants, from NGO delegates over diplomats to UN staff
  • Training before the conference (depending on candidates’ profiles)
    Your skills
  • University degree recently finished or ongoing, preferably in international relations, political science, international law, human rights law or related field;
  • Good knowledge of the United Nations Human Rights system;
  • Good knowledge of English and French essential, knowledge of Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian an asset;
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a multicultural team;
  • Enthusiasm, reliability, good manners and good presentation;
  • A sheer interest for human rights.For conditions and how to apply, see below.

See below for more information.



During sessions of the Human Rights Council only (part-time or full-time, flexible schedules). Commitment for a minimum of two sessions required, preference is given to candidates who can commit themselves for more sessions. During sessions, a weekly minimum of three times 3h30 is required. Assisting to preparatory activities before and after sessions is mandatory. These activities will approximately amount to three to four days for training, setting up before and tiding up after sessions as well as a debriefing.


United Nations Office in Geneva (Palais des Nations).


We regret to be unable to pay our volunteers or give them any allowance whatsoever.

Legal requirements

Volunteers must have their own health and accident insurance valid in Switzerland. Only candidates who are legally entitled to stay and work in Switzerland are eligible (Swiss or European citizenship or residency, student permits).