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The United Nations Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa Fellowship Program

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The United Nations Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa Fellowship Program

The United Nations Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa welcomes scholarship holders throughout the year.

I- General :

1. The United Nations Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa (CNUDHD-AC) offers advanced training courses (called fellowships) to student / graduate es / es, officials of public and private administrations and members Of the civil society for a period of two (02) months renewable twice according to the performance of the trainee, the maximum of training time being six (06) months.

2. This opportunity is granted to candidates who are nationals of States of the Central African subregion (Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad).

3. This scholarship program provides an opportunity for scholars to familiarize themselves with human rights and democracy issues in Central Africa as well as to give them an idea of the activities of Nagorno- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in general. In addition, the scholarship program enables the UN / UNCSDH to benefit from scholarships and scholarships in a field relevant to its mandate and activities. 

II- Different fields of professional activities

4. From a practical standpoint, the UNCSDH-AC is organized into different professional areas or clusters. Scholarships are therefore offered according to these domains and therefore in the following five clusters:

(A) Human rights;

(B) Democracy;

(C) Human rights of women and gender;

(D) Documentation, communication and advocacy; and

(E) Administration and finance.


III- Selection Criteria 

5. Candidates for the Fellowship Program must meet the following general criteria:

(A) Have a university degree or professional experience in the fields of law, social science, political science, international relations, gender, documentation, communication, administration or finance;

(B) Demonstrate their interest in working for the promotion and protection of human rights and democracy at the national, sub-regional or international levels;

6. In addition to the general criteria mentioned above, a master's degree in French (written and spoken) is required to obtain a scholarship to the UN-CCDHR. Fluency in an additional language, including English, Spanish or Portuguese is an asset.

7. Having professional experience in the field where the candidate wishes to carry out the internship, would also be an advantage.

IV- Contractual conditions

8. The UNHCHR-HC shall pay for travel expenses (travel and return), accommodation and accommodation of the fellow. The Center will also, if necessary, reimburse the costs of obtaining the necessary visas for the fellowship and take out a health insurance covering the duration of the internship.

9. A monthly subsistence allowance of $ 300US will be awarded to the Fellow during the probationary period.

10. The fellow must work full-time on the same basis as the other staff of the UN-UNDP-HQ and perform the duties assigned to him / her in a timely manner.

11. The Fellow is bound by the same confidentiality obligations as the staff of the NWWC-HC and in particular must refrain from disclosing any unpublished information obtained during the fellowship program or to publish, Authorization of the UN / UNCSDH-AC, a report or brief prepared on the basis of confidential information obtained during the course. These obligations are outlined in the contract to be signed before starting the scholarship program.

V- Procedure for Applying

12. Those interested in the UN / UNCHSD Fellowship Program may submit their application to : ; By attaching to it:

A) The completed fellowship form ( Download here (Word) );

B) A letter of motivation (maximum 3000 words) expressing the interest and the expectations of the candidate for the field chosen for his internship;

(C) An up-to-date curriculum vitae which may include experience in promoting and protecting human rights and democracy (reports, voluntary work, etc.);

(D) Copies of diplomas obtained;

(E) Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic institution and one from a professional person attesting to the interest in human rights and democracy and the seriousness of the candidate); and

(F) A copy of an identity document (national identity card, passport).


VI- Selection Process

13. The selection of fellows is made on the basis of a careful examination of the candidates' files and of oral and / or written interviews with the shortlisted candidates. Before the interview, candidates are informed of the dates, time and other details of the interview.

14. Due to the large number of applications, the Center is not in a position to inform non-pre-selected candidates. It is nonetheless possible for them to apply again, after a period of six months following their first attempt.


VII- Our contacts :

United Nations Human Rights

United Nations Center for Human Rights

Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa (UN-UNHCR)

Address :

Avenue Rosa Parks, Golf Course Ntougou

BP Box 836, Yaoundé, Cameroon


Tel: +237 22 21 24 74/22 50 58 01

Fax: + 237 22 21 24 75