• Women in Nepal

    Displaced Youth Initiative Intern, Winter 2010

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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 Intern will provide overall support to the Displaced Youth Initiative. This multi-year global research and advocacy initiative aims to increase attention and support for comprehensive education and job training programs that help prepare young women and men for life during and after displacement. In partnership with displaced youth, we are mapping existing services and innovative practices; identifying gaps, needs and priorities of the displaced youth; and recommending strategies to meet educational and job training needs.

    PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES (will include some or all of the following):

    1.    Assist with follow up advocacy and dissemination of advocacy video and field reports from Liberia, Jordan, Darfur and Arizona.
    2.    Co-manage the Women’s Commission’s global Youth Advisory Group, comprised of young people from conflict-affected countries to help guide and inform the initiative. Focus on orienting new members.
    3.    Participate in the development and maintenance of new monitoring and evaluation system to capture progress towards meeting advocacy objectives for the Displaced Youth Initiative.
    4.    Conduct background research and preparation for a field mission in Spring 2010 (Southern Sudan TBC) to look at education and job training programs for conflict-affected youth, challenges and needs, including liaising with staff and organizations, developing an itinerary and drafting sections of assessment report.
    5.    Participate in the facilitation of a global process to update the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards.
    6.    Contribute to a database of organizations and actors working on youth related issues for advocacy and networking purposes.
    7.    Research prospective donors for the initiative.
    8.    Attend meetings as a representative of the Women’s Refugee Commission, taking notes and summarizing relevant information in written form.
    9.    Assist with administrative duties, including drafting letters, editing reports and other activities as required.


    •    Excellent research, data collection, analysis and writing skills.
    •    Strong background in relief and international development, with knowledge of and interest in conflict-affected populations, youth, education and livelihood activities.
    •    Experience working with young people and/or in developing countries a plus.
    •    Excellent communication and computer skills.
    •    Comfortable taking initiative and working with minimal supervision. Team player.

    Reports to: Jenny Perlman Robinson, Senior Program Officer – Children and Youth
    Women’s Refugee Commission
    Position: Protection Program’s Youth Intern – Winter 2010
    Location: New York, NY
    Timeframe: 3-4 months / part-time
    Start date: early-January 2010

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

    To apply please submit a résume and 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 “Youth Internship” on the email subject, otherwise your application may not be considered.
    No phone calls please.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission/ IRC 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 Refugee Commission/ IRC is an equal opportunity employer.