4 Peacebuilding Policy Internships Abroad


Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

SFCG is an international non-profit based in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, with 56 offices in 34 countries. It focuses on conflict transformation on individual, organizational, and governmental levels. The Moroccan team has been working since 2001 to create opportunities for mediation in internal conflict within the cultural boundaries of Morocco. SFCG is seeking a Leadership and Training Intern to be based in Rabat, Morocco, who will report to the country director and will focus on mostly Policy Research and Outreach. This includes desk research related to policy with a special focus on the mediation practices in Morocco, youth leadership and civic engagement, women’s empowerment and other issues of peace, security and conflict in Morocco, conduct donor prospect research, and represent SFCG at events and meetings. There will also be a small amount of administrative work.

An applicant should have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in Peacebuilding, social sciences, international law, political sciences or a relevant field, and ideally have focus or experience in Moroccan or Sahel studies. They will have knowledge of the current global affairs and policies particularly on conflict and peacebuilding related issues. Language requirements include strong English and working capacity for French.

The position is open until filled.

The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania

The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) is offering internships as well as short or long-term engagement in its Department of Peace Operations. The NGO is located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and seeks individuals who are interesting in becoming “researchers on peacebuilding and prevention training,” as well as “training coordinators for practitioners working in peacebuilding, prevention and post-war recovery and peace consolidation.”

The positions are unpaid with a required commitment of a 6-month minimum. Based on performance, there is opportunity to be placed on a track to funded position. The individual will be a team member on a project focused on a comprehensive review of EU and global training curricula on peacebuilding and prevention, and will work with researchers across the European Union. Internally, the role will include development and coordination of trainings for peacebuilding practitioners and policy makers within the EU and UN.

A successful candidate will have experience in peacebuilding and development of peacebuilding training curricula, however will also accept recent graduates looking for entry into the field. They will have research skills, strong English-writing skills, be willing to travel, and will be able to manage multiple projects at a time. They will also be a team worker but also be able to self-direct and manage time. Individuals may apply just as researchers, just as coordinators, or for a combined position.

The application deadline is March 1st, 2017.

The International Crisis Group

The International Crisis Group is an NGO working to prevent conflict and shape policies through research, reports to influence political decision making, and high-level advocacy. The Northeast Asia team is seeking an intern to work in Hong Kong.

Internships with ICG last between 3 and 6 months, focusing on hands-on experience. The Voluntary Intern will be a full member of the team, responsible for research on China’s role in international relations and security, preparing reports for publication, and work in communications with media and advocacy, among other tasks such as attending meetings or providing some administrative work upon request.

A candidate should have a recent undergraduate or graduate degree in international relations, political science, conflict studies, or Asia studies. Full professional proficiency in English and Mandarin Chinese is also necessary, and other languages in the region are helpful.

The position is open until filled.

The United Nations Development Programme

The UNDP Regional Hub in Bangkok, Thailand has launched the initiative “Supporting Regional and National Partnerships for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Asia Pacific” in response to the economic growth that often comes at the expense of marginalized groups. Within the UNDP’s Governance and Peacebuilding group, it works to support democratic governance that addresses the needs of ordinary citizens at all levels.

The intern will work in Bangkok under the direct supervision of the Crisis Prevention and Rule of Law Specialist, Governance and Peacebuilding Team for a duration of 3 and 6 months. The intern will assist in the activities within the Business and Human Rights Initiative; research will include assisting in collecting and analyzing data on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in countries in Asia Pacific, and preparing advocacy materials. They will also engage in coordinating missions, workshops, and training sessions in regards to this initiative.

A successful candidate will be either enrolled in a graduate school program, a final academic year of a first university degree programme, or have graduated with a Master’s degree within the last year. They will demonstrate commitment to the UN’s values and knowledge of the UN Human Rights programmes, in addition to being competent in research activities, Microsoft Office; it is also ideal but not required to have experience working within an NGO or GO in a human rights or communications capacity.
The deadline for applications is February 23, 2017.

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