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Internship opportunity: Peacebuilding Outreach and Communications (Washington DC, USA)

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 nine in London.  A new Peace Direct presence in the US includes two part-time representatives in Washington, DC and New York.

Internship:  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), and helping organize a series of collaborative learning seminars on local peacebuilding (Fall 2015-2016).
  • Support Peace Direct’s representation and leadership in a new Local Peacebuilding Affinity Group within the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
  • 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:

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

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

  • Networking opportunities with the international peacebuilding community;
  • Skills development in communications, outreach, and event organizing;
  • 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.

Database and Office Administrator (London, UK)

Location: Development House, Leonard St, London, EC2A

Peace Direct is looking for a data-focused individual to join our organisation. You’ll play an integral part of the team, turning fundraising data into insight to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our work. The ideal candidate will enjoy administration and organisation, excel at analysing data and thrive on providing insight. The role would suit an organised, analytical and reliable individual, with great attention to detail and a positive attitude who enjoys a variety of tasks ranging from inputting data to solving IT issues.

Peace Direct is an international NGO that supports local peacebuilding in conflict zones worldwide. We work with local organisations in ten countries around the world and aim to support many more in the years to come.

We raise funds to enable our partners to achieve their own peacebuilding plans, not to carry out a funder’s project. Our funds come from a number of different sources, including individual supporters, foundations and large institutional funders. You will be responsible for all administrative support ensuring that office systems and procedures run as effectively as possible enabling us to help those living in conflict.

This is an exciting opportunity for a data-focused and analytical person, with an interest in peacebuilding and/or development, to work directly with local peacebuilding organisations around the world and to see their impact on a daily basis.

Application process
Please email your application form to by 9am 1st October. Interviews will be held w/c 5th October. The successful candidate should ideally be available to commence work the following week.

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