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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.


Fundraising and Finance Officer (£20,000 per annum, full time) (London, UK)

Peace Direct is looking for a committed and enthusiastic Fundraising and Finance Officer to join our growing team.

You will provide essential fundraising and finance support to Peace Direct, splitting your time between research and proposal writing for Trusts and Foundations (60% of your time), and finance administration (40% of your time). We are looking for someone with excellent written English skills, who is able to work confidently with figures in MS Excel and is a fast learner, particularly when it comes to financial software packages.

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 18 September. Please read the Job Description and Person Specification carefully. Only completed applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 19 September.


Filmmaker needed for peacebuilding project, Sri Lanka

Calling all budding filmmakers!

Are you an early-career filmmaker interested in how the arts can be used for social good? If so, we may have an exciting opportunity for you in Sri Lanka. Our partner organisation the Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (CPBR) is seeking a talented filmmaker to be part of an exciting new phase in their work, as they use film as a way to build trust between communities in Sri Lanka, as well as recording their story of reconciliation between religious groups over the past decade.

The project will allow the selected filmmaker to work directly with CPBR staff as they embark on this project, as well as alongside Sri Lankan filmmakers. The work will be based in Sri Lanka and will be at least several months in duration. The position is not salaried but a stipend for local costs is offered.

This a unique opportunity for a filmmaker to work directly with a local peacebuilding organisation, participating in their journey towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

If you are interested, please send your CV and an email explaining why you think you would be suitable for this role to Ruairi Nolan: . Please email no later than 30 September, 2016.

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