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  • Women in Nepal

    Livelihoods and Communications Intern (Spring 2011)

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and youth.  As an advocacy organization, the Women’s Refugee Commission is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children and youth.  The organization strives to effect policy change with broad, worldwide impact. The Women’s Refugee Commission is legally part of the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Women’s Refugee Commission receives no direct financial support from the IRC.


    The Women’s Refugee Commission’s Livelihoods Program is focused on conducting research and developing tools and guidelines for policymakers and practitioners working in the field with the aim of transforming the way livelihood programs for displaced populations are designed and implemented. We advocate for creating safer, more sustainable programs that lead to income generation and self-sufficiency. Currently, our projects focus on mitigating the risks of gender-based violence (GBV) through effective and safe economic programs, and researching the needs of urban refugees.

    We are in the process of revising our web page, which we would like to be interactive and used as a resource by donors, practitioners and policy-makers. The intern will coordinate with the Livelihoods and Communications teams to design a website that serves as a resource for practitioners, is visible, content-specific, and furthers the program and advocacy goals of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    The internship will provide the opportunity to work closely with Livelihoods and Communications staff and attend internal organizational meetings and other external meetings and events related to refugee issues.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (will include some or all of the following):

    1.     Research livelihoods initiatives in order to create, and develop content for the Livelihoods program’s web presence.

    2.     Pitch creative ideas for web layout, making sure that the theme is consistent with the Women’s Refugee Commission’s guidelines and standards.

    3.     Draft and edit communications pieces for Livelihoods, i.e. one-pagers, blogs.

    4.     Support the development of an online platform that will allow practitioners to exchange information and research, and share best practices on current livelihoods practices and interventions.

    5.     Copyedit and proofread all web content.


    1.     Graduate student with international relations, development economics, humanitarian affairs background or interest.

    2.     Excellent writing and editing skills, including an ability to write for various audiences.

    3.     Excellent research and analysis skills. Knowledge and experience in livelihoods/economic strengthening interventions and displacement desirable.

    4.     Excellent computer skills.

    5.     Solid organizational skills.

    6.     Ability to work productively in a team environment as well as independently.

    Reports to: Jasmeet Krause-Vilmar, Senior Livelihoods Officer

    Location: New York, NY

    Timeframe: 4 – 5 months / part-time

    Start date: January 2011

    ** Please note that this is an unpaid internship **

    To apply please submit a résume and a 3 page writing sample via e-mail to:

    Abigail Gacusana, Program Coordinator

    E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Please make sure to indicate “Livelihoods and Communications Intern” on the email subject, otherwise your application may not be considered.

    No phone calls please

    The Women’s Refugee Commission considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

    The Women’s Commission is an equal opportunity employer.