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  • Women in Nepal

    Intern, Resilience

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) recently launched a five-year strategic plan (FY2017/18 – 2021/22) which focuses on three complementary and interconnected strategic priorities. The Resilience Intern will support WRC to advance one of its Strategic Priorities: to inform and influence the development and implementation of resilience-based approaches in humanitarian settings to improve outcomes for women, children and youth.

    Crisis and conflict-affected populations are not uniformly impacted by shocks and stresses. Gender, racial, ethnic, and other intersectional norms impact and are impacted by the various aspects of resilience, such as perceptions of shocks and stresses, differential vulnerabilities to certain shocks and stresses, and unique resilience capacities that people of different backgrounds contribute. Humanitarian programming requires a resilience lens in order to effectively work towards sustainable and resilient households, communities and systems.


    The Resilience Intern will report directly to Associate Director – Social Inclusion, and be accountable to the Resilience Working Group at the WRC.


    • Expanding on initial scoping research through a comprehensive literature review and documenting the common components across existing resilience frameworks;
    • Conducting a mapping of key stakeholders, including designing and conducting key informant interviews;
    • Mapping how WRC’s current work is aligned with resilience-based approaches, and gaps moving forward;
    • Documenting implications for the WRC’s Internal Position Paper/Working Document on resilience-based approaches, and strategic opportunities or partnerships for the WRC to advance resilience-based approaches.


    • Increase knowledge of resilience-based and gender-transformative approaches in humanitarian settings;
    • Strengthen skills in qualitative data collection and analysis; and
    • Understand the research to action model and how research translates into advocacy among different stakeholders in humanitarian settings.


    • Bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled in an advanced degree program; degrees in Gender studies, Humanitarian studies or International Development studies strongly preferred.
    • Desk research skills, including developing methodologies for literature reviews, and conducting key informant interviews;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including for reports and presentations;
    • Solid diplomatic and interpersonal skills: the ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of internal and external professional contacts as well as partners;
    • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills: the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, high-functioning and detail-oriented team environment;
    • Strong computer skills: facility with Excel, Word and email/internet software;
    • A minimum of 1 year working in the development or humanitarian sector preferred; field-based work ideal
    • Demonstrated interest in resilience and humanitarian work, focus in social inclusion preferred.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, a résumé, two professional or academic letters of recommendation and a two-to-four-page writing sample to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Resilience Intern” in the subject line. Successful applicants will be required to provide a letter from their academic institution affirming receipt of academic credit in exchange for successful completion of the internship. Current US work authorization is required.

    WRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. WRC 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.