Internship – Legal Affairs Unit – Institutional Affairs and Regional Activities Direction – WOAH HQ Paris, France

The World Organisation for Animal Health is an intergovernmental organisation recognised by the World Trade Organization as a reference Organisation for intergovernmental standards concerning the sanitary safety of international trade of animals and products of animal origin and zoonoses. WOAH is in charge of improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as transparency of the global animal disease situation. Its headquarters are based in Paris, France. It comprises 182 Member Countries and is present on all continents through 13 regional offices.
Positioning and reporting  
The Intern will report to and work under the guidance of the Head of the Legal Affairs Unit on a wide range of operational, programmatic and governance issues, as well as reviewing and drafting legal documentation.
Internship role and activities  
In particular, the Intern will work under the supervision of the Head of the Legal Affairs Unit on all or some of the following tasks:
– Supporting the management of elections of the governing bodies;
– Providing recommendations and legal support on data protection management;
– Providing support in contractual matters (e.g. service agreements, grant agreements);
– Assists in the review of legal documents, instruments, or other material;
– Assists in the preparation of draft background papers, studies, reports, etc.;
– Performs legal research and benchmarking with the rules of other international organisations;

Other duties involving legal issues as required by the Head of the Legal Unit;
Qualifications and Requirements  

– Currently studying or recently graduated from a law school (Master’s level or above) providing a general legal tertiary education;  

Technical skills
– Ability to draft clear, legally correct documents or agreements in English;
– Advanced knowledge of international organisations’ law or international public law;
– Advanced legal research and benchmarking skills;
– Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft environment;  

Additional skills
– Good command of French or Spanish would be an asset;
– Knowledge of the two main legal systems of relevance to the Organization (civil and common law) would be an advantage;
– Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations (UN or non-UN system) would be an advantage;  

Behavioural skills
– Excellent communications skills;
– Courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multinational and multicultural environment;
– Precise and punctual work approach, attentive to details;
– ‘Can do’ attitude and ability to work within short deadlines;
Internship conditions  
– The intern must deliver an *internship agreement* (convention de stage) for the whole duration of the internship.
– WOAH will provide a stipend in the amount of 659,10€ monthly for full time work (35 hours per week) based in WOAH Headquarters Paris in France (12, rue de Prony 75017 Paris);
– The maximum internship duration is 6 months (from March 2024);
– The intern must provide a medical insurance certificate, covering in case of illness and death, valid for the duration of the internship prior to starting;
– The intern is responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas if needed.
WOAH will provide you with the necessary documents.  
Some of the results of this analysis will be confidential.
The intern will therefore be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.
General information  
WOAH attaches great importance to a multicultural and positive working environment.
WOAH is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.
If you are interested in this internship, please complete your online application by 30 October 2023 by clicking on the link below.
Please note that only applications including a resume and a cover letter will be considered.