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  • Women in Nepal

    Protection Program, Livelihoods Intern (Summer 2010)

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    BACKGROUND: The Women's Refugee Commission advocates vigorously for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and displaced women, children and young people—bringing about lasting, measurable change.

    Our vision is a world in which refugee, internally displaced, returnee and asylum-seeking women, children and young people:

    • are safe, healthy and self-reliant;
    • participate in the decisions that affect their lives, both during displacement and when displacement ends; and
    • are advocates and activists themselves, providing continuous monitoring of the policies and practices that affect them.

    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.

    SCOPE OF WORK: During the summer of 2010 the Women’s Refugee Commission will be working to improve policy, funding and practice to ensure that more displaced women and youth have access to effective, market-driven economic opportunities as a means of enhancing their protection and well-being. To do this, we will develop and implement a global advocacy campaign to influence policy, funding and practice and facilitate livelihood trainings in three countries as a means of influencing and improving field practice.

    The field placement student will assist in implementing a communication’s strategy to support our global advocacy, assist with the development of workshop curricula, and take a leading role on planning the workshops, arranging logistics, communicating with participant, liaising with the conference venue and in-house procurement, and evaluate workshop feedback. S/he will also support monitoring and evaluation by inputting and analyzing data.

    This position reports to the Senior Program Officer – Livelihoods at the Women’s Refugee Commission.  It will be from June 2010 – August 2010, based in New York City.


    1. Work with Protection staff to implement advocacy campaign.
    2. Identify strategic partners for building coalition/movement.
    3. Work with staff to design workshop curricula.
    4. Work with IRC procurement to identify workshop venues and draft contracts.
    5. Distribute workshop invitations, participant criteria, and application forms.
    6. Liaise and communicate with potential workshop participants to address their questions and share additional information.
    7. Collate and analyze workshop evaluations and assess need for curricula modifications.
    8. Support the livelihoods team in monitoring and evaluating the impact of their work by collecting baseline data, and revising guidance documents on forms and tools.


        • College/ graduate student. Background/experience in international development, social sciences and/or economic development, preferred.
        • Experience/ interest in refugee and conflict issues.
        • Excellent logistic and coordination.
        • Excellent analytical skills.
        • Knowledge of international affairs
        • Ability to work productively in a team environment as well as independently.
        • Solid computer skills.
        • Knowledge of  French preferred.

        REPORTS TO: Jina Dev, Senior Program Officer- Livelihoods, Women’s Refugee Commission

        POSITION: Protection Program, Livelihoods Intern - Summer 2010

        LOCATION: New York, NY

        TIMEFRAME: 3 months

        START DATE: June 2010

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

        To apply please submit a resume 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 Internship” 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 statues or disability.