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  • Women in Nepal

    Protection Program, Displaced Youth Initiative Intern, Summer 2009

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    BACKGROUND:

    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.

    POSITION SUMMARY:

    The Intern will provide overall support to the Displaced Youth Initiative. This three-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 will map existing services and innovative practices; identify gaps, needs and priorities of the displaced youth; and recommend strategies to meet educational and job training needs.

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

    1. Conduct background research and assist with preparations for a field mission by staff (Liberia and Southern Sudan TBC) to look at youth programs, challenges and needs, including liaising with field based staff and organizations, developing an itinerary and drafting sections of assessment report.
    2. Co-manage the Women’s Refugee Commission’s global Youth Advisory Group, comprised of young people from conflict-affected countries to help guide and inform the initiative.
    3. Participate in the facilitation of a global process to update the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards.
    4. Identify and document innovative and comprehensive education and skills building programs for displaced, conflict affected and/or at-risk youth via desk research and interviews, examining programs in humanitarian emergencies and developing and developed countries, including the US.
    5. Participate in the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the Displaced Youth Initiative.
    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.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • 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: Senior Program Officer – Children and Youth, Women’s Refugee Commission
    Position: Protection Program’s Youth Intern – Summer 2009
    Location: New York, NY
    Timeframe: 3 months / full-time
    Start date: June 2009 (flexible)

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

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

    Jenny Perlman Robinson, Senior Program Officer

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    Indicate “Youth Internship” in 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 Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer.