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Internship opportunity: Peacebuilding and Policy Intern

Who We Are

Peace Direct believes local people can and should lead efforts to build peace in their societies.   We work with local partners in conflict situations around the world (Burundi, DRC, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Israel-Palestine, Sudan/South Sudan) to support, strengthen, and raise awareness of their work.  We also work with donors, policymakers, and others in the international peacebuilding community to improve practices and policies in ways that help support local peacebuilders. We run the Insight on Conflict website, which includes information on more than 1000 local peacebuilding groups around the world.

Peace Direct was founded ten years ago in the UK and has a staff of twelve in London.  A new Peace Direct presence in the US includes two part-time representatives in Washington, DC and New York.

Intern Role

Peace Direct US seeks a highly motivated individual to work with our US Senior Representative in Washington, DC, to improve our communications and outreach with key stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist with communications and outreach, including monitoring general email and email lists, tracking and supporting distribution of Peace Direct communications, promoting key resources and events, and outreach to individual donors and NGO colleagues
  • Help organize meetings and events with policymakers, donors, and NGO colleagues. Includes planning and implementing key meetings for Peace Direct partners when they visit Washington, DC (2 or 3 visits per year)
  • Support Peace Direct’s representation and leadership in a new Local Peacebuilding Affinity Group within the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a Burundi Working Group, Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, and/or the Prevention and Protection Working Group.
  • Track and attend policy and donor events in Washington, DC related to specific conflict situations and other key peacebuilding issues.
  • Assist with office administrative duties as needed and attend weekly Team Meetings with the UK office by Skype.

Hours:  The intern is expected to work 15-20 hours/week for an initial 3-month period.  The internship may be extended for up to 12 months dependent upon availability and performance.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Experience planning and organizing events, including managing a budget.
  • Experience with email lists, social media, and electronic file management. Basic skills with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Professionalism and ability to represent an organization and its mission well to various stakeholders.
  • Independent initiative, ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage a workload without heavy supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.


This is an unpaid internship without salary.  We do provide a small monthly stipend ($100) to support local transportation costs.  Other benefits include:

  • Opportunity to work closely with and find mentorship from team members of a non-profit organization
  • Networking opportunities with the international peacebuilding community;
  • Skills development in communications, outreach, and event organizing;
  • Gaining experience with country-specific issues of interest;
  • Exposure and potential connections to local peacebuilding groups around the world;
  • Professional reference and career advice from a seasoned Washington DC peace advocate;
  • The chance to make a real contribution to Peace Direct’s work to support local peacebuilders.

Peace Direct’s office is located in a shared office space that provides free refreshments daily, as well as a wide range of information-sharing and networking opportunities with other socially oriented organizations.

How to Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume expressing your interest and why you think you are a good match for the position, along with three references, to Bridget Moix at  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Senior Research Officer (2 positions available). £26,000 – £29,000, full time (fixed term contract)

(London, UK)


Peace Direct is launching two exciting new research projects which focus on how different contexts enable or inhibit the development of local civil society.

The first research project (‘Stopping at Success’) will look into how international support to local organisations and projects can limit the risks of dependency and plan for a successful exit at the outset. The second research project (‘Facilitating Financial Sustainability’) will look at what conditions are necessary in order to ensure that local organisations are financially sustainable.

We are looking for two highly motivated researchers to join our team to lead on these exciting research projects. Both research posts will involve collaborating with research consortium members in the US and around the world; commissioning and reviewing specific sub-research components; and providing support to in-country activities in order to test theories, collect case studies and evaluate approaches.

We are looking for someone with first-rate research skills, with excellent written and spoken English, who is able to work independently and as part of a team to produce high quality research. Both posts will involve regular travel, including to fragile countries.

Peace Direct is an international NGO that works with local people to stop violence and build sustainable peace. We work with local organisations in ten countries around the world and aim to support many more in the years to come.

The deadline for this position is 5pm on 26 October. Please read the Job Description and Person Specification carefully. Only completed applications with a cover letter will be accepted (no CVs please) and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered.

In your application, please indicate which research post you are interested in applying for.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 7 November. (Updated: previously week commencing 31 October)


Volunteer positions – Sri Lanka

Interested in making a difference within a local organisation working for peace in Sri Lanka?

Are you committed to the values of peace, non-violence and diversity? Are you looking for an interesting and challenging volunteer position and gain field experience at the same time? Do you believe that transforming, nurturing and sustaining human relationship will lead to a more peaceful world? If this is the case, please have a look at the following vacant volunteer positions that our local partner organisation in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (CPBR), is looking to fill in:

  1. Project writer and fundraiser: the tasks will include writing proposals and fundraising for CPBR’s various programs
  1. Program Manager: the tasks will include liaising with donors, writing reports, conducting M&E work, writing proposals and fundraising.
  1. Communication Officer: the tasks will include writing the newsletters, stories newspaper article, developing we content.
  1. Permaculture expert or environmentalist: with experience in setting up eco-friendly resource centre building, natural building as well as in promoting sustainable living and ecological & human wellbeing.
  1. Programme Manager (Youth Programme): tasks will include overall management of programme for young people, as well as fundraising and communications work. Requires prior experience in youth work.

The work will be based in Sri Lanka. Volunteers should be prepared to commit for at least 6 months, and preferably one year. Positions will start ideally early in 2017, though with some flexibility.

The positions are not salaried but a stipend for local costs may be considered. Help will be provided to find an accommodation close to the office of CPBR. Volunteers should already have relevant experience in the area of work relevant to the position you are interested in.

These positions are unique opportunities for qualified people to get involved in a local organisation, participating in their journey towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

If you are interested and ready to embark on an exciting new experience, please send your CV and an email explaining why you think you would be suitable for this role to Laura Vermeer: . Please email no later than 5 November, 2016.


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