International Job Resources & Databases

If you are interested in working in international law: protecting and upholding human rights, pairing with inter-governmental organizations, or working with international Nongovernmental Organizations, here are some resources available to help you find positions of interest.

General/Human Rights

ABA Section of International Law, Human Rights Committee E-Brief
Contains organization profiles, job listings, and weekly human rights news.  Students can sign up to receive the weekly newsletter and also view past issues.

American Society of International Law
Career resources for students are listed at:

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
Weekly listing of gender-related vacancies; often includes human rights jobs.

Communication Initiative
Website designed to facilitate communication among development professionals (legal and non-legal).  Job opportunities listed under Vacancies.

DevNet Jobs
International Development Jobs & Consultancies in UN, NGOs, Non-Profits, Charities, Foundations, Bilaterals, Multilaterals and Development Banks.  Includes jobs related to human rights and humanitarian work.  Membership is required to view some listings.  Free newsletter.

Job postings for general positions in India.

Foreign Policy Association
Website and also weekly jobs newsletter.

Finding & Funding International Public Interest Opportunities Great resource put together by the Career Development Offices of William & Mary, University of Arizona, and University of Georgia.  Last updated July 2007.  Includes tips for job hunting in the international arena, resume tips for sending resumes abroad, and identifies governmental agencies with a high concentration of international work.

Human Rights Job Board
For a complete list, enter nothing and click on search.

Human Rights Jobs
Some jobs open to all, most are for members only.  Membership is about $50 annually or $20 quarterly.  Members get access to all vacancies, a weekly e-newsletter, and are able to post their CV/resume.

Human Rights Resource Center
Links to numerous job pages at NGOs and inter-governmental organizations.

Human Rights Tools
This website has a variety of tools for human rights professionals.

Job listings in public service, including human rights positions throughout the world.  If you enter your profile, Idealist will send you relevant listings.  To sign up, fill out a profile at:

This is the contractor paid by the US State Department to select US citizens for seconded jobs with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

Pambazuka News
Website and newsletter on social justice in Africa.  Relevant for field positions throughout Africa.

Can limit search by date posted, sector, region or type of organization.  Most listings are not legal jobs, but the most relevant sector is Protection/Human Rights Law/Rule of Law.  This site posts new vacancies daily and has a lot of listings for field positions.

Inter-Governmental Organizations

International Criminal Court
Americans be aware: Posts to be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered.  

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Theoretically, the ICTY’s jobs are listed on the main UN site, but this is not always the case.

United Nations
A database for all UN jobs.  Some job types to search for include human rights, legal, legal affairs, and humanitarian affairs. For information on the competitive exam, see:

UN Development Program
Some rights-related jobs.  Can search by location or by job field.
For information on the UNDP Leadership Development Program, see:

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Theoretically, the High Commissioner’s vacancies are all listed on the main UN site, but in reality there are often jobs here that are never posted to the main site.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Information on external vacancies and international professional roster.  However, no external vacancies existed when searched.  May not be most useful source.

United Nations Populations Fund
International development agency promoting health and opportunity.

United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
For information specifically on internships for graduate students, visit:

Some rights-related jobs.

International NGOs

American Bar Association Rule of Law Programs
Lists opportunities stateside and abroad.

Center for International Environmental Law
Lists internships, fellowships and job opportunities with CIEL.

Development Aid
Active job board with 20-30 new postings per day of jobs in the international development sector.

Global Rights
Fellowship, Internship and job opportunities are listed for a nonprofit organization operating in 10 offices throughout the world.

Human Rights First
Human Rights First protects people at risk, such as refugees who flee persecution and victims of crimes against humanity.  They list job openings and fellowship and internship information.  Locations seem to be Washington D.C. and New York City.

Human Rights Watch
HRW lists job opportunities divided by category (Legal & Policy Positions, Communications Positions, etc.) as well as fellowship, internship and volunteer opportunities.

International Center for Transitional Justice
The ICTJ assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse.  At time of search, no job vacancies, though internship opportunities were listed.

International Committee of the Red Cross
Lists Skills always in demand, as well as the occasional, more specialized Vacancies.  Keep in mind all ICRC personnel must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings abroad during the first 24 months of employment.

International Crisis Group
Lists any current vacancies and internship opportunities available in Brussels, Nairobi, New York and Washington.

International Rescue Committee
No legal specific search available, but gives internship/fellowship and volunteer opportunities.

Open Society Institute
OSI has offices in Baltimore, Brussels, Budapest, London, New York, Paris and Washington D.C.  Can search by issue or region.