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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Peacemapping and Outreach Intern

Who We Are

Peace Direct works with local people to stop violent conflict and build lasting peace.   We believe 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. In addition, we also run www.peaceinsight.org , which includes information on more than 1600 local peacebuilding groups around the world.

Peace Direct was founded 15 years ago in the UK and now has a small presence in the US.  We are seeking a highly motivated individual to work in our office in Washington, DC, in support of our local peacebuilding work in the US and internationally.

Intern Role

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

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Research and outreach to local movements and organizations in the US, inviting them to submit their group’s profile on our website: peaceinsight.org.
  • Maintain communications with these groups, particularly as new crises develop in the U.S
  • Create content that features and promotes profiles of these organizations on our social media and website.
  • Promoting key resources and events, and outreach to individual donors and NGO colleagues
  • Support Peace Direct’s representation and leadership in various policy related working groups in DC.
  • Track and attend policy and donor events in Washington, DC related to specific conflict situations and other key peacebuilding issues.
  • Assist with other office administrative duties as needed and attend weekly Team Meetings with the UK office by Skype.

Qualifications

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Students working towards their Graduate or Master Degree preferred.
  • 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

Compensation

  • 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 has a small office located in a shared work 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 Christine at contact@peacedirect.org.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

 

 

Local Peacebuilding Experts to report on peacebuilding work in: Myanmar and Somalia

Insight on Conflict provides information on local peacebuilding organisations in areas of conflict. We feature profiles of over 1,400 organisations around the world, as well as blog posts and key resources on peacebuilding. Key to our work is our network of ‘Local Peacebuilding Experts’, who help to research and write about peacebuilding and conflict around the world.

Peace Direct is currently seeking Local Peacebuilding Experts to report on peacebuilding work in: Myanmar and Somalia.

For this role, we require someone with contacts in the NGO or peacebuilding sector, a strong interest in the media and reporting, and excellent written and spoken English (in the case of Haiti and Mali, we can consider working with a Local Peacebuilding Expert who speaks French and not English, though English language skills are an advantage). The role is ideal for someone pursuing a career in peacebuilding with an interest in journalism. Local Peacebuilding Experts should be based in the country they cover; we may consider people living outside the country if they have exceptional links to the peacebuilding sector in that country. Priority will be given to local/national applicants.

The role is not full-time and is not salaried, though Local Peacebuilding Experts do receive some payment for work published on the website. The work is best suited for people with a passionate desire to share information on peacebuilding with a wide audience.

In their role, the primary area of work of the Local Peacebuilding Expert will be on investigating and supplying information on local peacebuilders. The Local Peacebuilding Expert is expected to occasionally submit posts to the Insight on Conflict blog. The blog gives space to Peace Direct and the Local Peacebuilding Experts to respond instantly to developments in conflicts around the world. It also offers a place for more personal reflections by the Local Peacebuilding Experts on their work.

If you are interested in becoming Insight on Conflict’s Local Peacebuilding Expert for any of the above countries,  please send a CV, writing sample, and a short covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to Ruairi Nolan: ruairi.nolan@peacedirect.org

Deadline for applications: this is an open call for applications. Please note that if you are not a national of the country or region for which you are applying, or are not currently based in the country, your application will not be considered.