InterAction is the largest U.S.-based coalition of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with nearly 190 members working around the world in low- and middle-income countries, fragile and post-conflict states, and emerging/growth economies. Member organizations are large and small, secular and faith-based, with a focus on people living in the world’s most poor and vulnerable places. The U.S. public, foundations, and governments support the work of our member NGOs that collectively invest and manage more than $15.4 billion a year. InterAction revenues come from dues, government grants, private foundation and corporate grants, and a growing fee-for-service program portfolio. Using its collective voice and convening power, InterAction seeks to shape important policy decisions and actions across a wide range of issues – including foreign assistance, humanitarian relief, development, economic equity, food security, and climate change – that advance human dignity, human potential, and self-determination.
About the Project:
InterAction’s Protection Team has multiple ongoing workstreams focused on various aspects of protection. Since 2012, InterAction has been at the forefront of shaping and promoting the use of results-based approaches to protection in humanitarian crises.
InterAction’s Protection Team is seeking applications for the Summer/Fall 2022 Results-Based Protection (RBP) internship position.
This internship is for the summer and fall semesters, with an anticipated start date in June and an end date in December 2022. The intern will be paid $15.20 per hour. The number of hours per week can fluctuate and will be determined by the intern and his/her supervisor, but generally will be between 15-30 hours per week.
The Intern–Protection, Results-Based Protection (RBP) will gain valuable insight into the humanitarian sector by working directly with InterAction’s Protection team. Overall responsibilities will include administrative support as well as technical input wherever feasible, including contributing to activities related to the piloting phase of the Gender-Based Prevention Evaluation Framework (GBV PEF), the documentation of examples of Results-Based Protection, the 2022 annual Results-Based Protection Field Practitioners Roundtable, and an Action-Based Research project on Conflict and Hunger. The Intern will also provide general administrative and logistical support for the day-to-day activities of the Protection team, including meetings and large-scale events. Interns will be encouraged to participate regularly in both internal and external meetings. The specific work of the Intern will also be based upon the
individual’s learning and professional goals, as tied to the initiatives of InterAction’s Protection Team within the larger Humanitarian Policy & Practice (HPP) Team.
· Support team members with the piloting phase of the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Evaluation Framework.
· Support team members to document key elements of Results-Based Protection in practice by undertaking research and write-ups as needed by bringing together published research on a particular protection issue.
· Support team members to carry out the Action-Based Research on conflict-induced hunger by undertaking research in specific contexts and providing logistical and administrative support to help pilot the research.
· Support team members to plan and execute the 2022 Annual Results-Based Protection Field Practitioners Roundtable by providing administrative and logistical support for remote/online events, including managing invitations and RSVPs, managing large Zoom calls, and contracting interpreters, communicating with speakers, etc.
· Support team members to produce new updates, including policy and field developments to be shared with InterAction members and partners;
· Support other project deliverables as needed by the Protection team’s workstreams;
· Participate in various fora as needed;
· Provide administrative and logistical support for meetings and large-scale events, including drafting minutes of the proceedings and helping organize and synthesize materials;
· Debrief the team at the internship’s conclusion on learning and/or a work task completed.
An intern can expect to gain the following experiences beyond daily work duties through:
· Participation in InterAction working group meetings–access to meetings of members and InterAction staff on a variety of current issues within the humanitarian assistance field;
· On-the-job learning about the humanitarian architecture, advocacy, policy, and operations;
· Access to senior-level staff members at InterAction for informational interviews;
· Informal networking with InterAction staff members and individuals from more than 180 member organizations.
· Demonstrate knowledge of technical, thematic, regional, and/or policy issues related to the work of the Protection Team in humanitarian contexts;
· Understand the linkages between international policy and programming in the humanitarian field;
· Understand core elements of the global humanitarian architecture, including the roles of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), UN, and NGO community;
· Gain experience working in a professional and collaborative team environment;
· Develop research, analytical, communication, writing, and task/time management skills.
· College junior, senior, graduate student, or recent graduate student in a related field; interest in gender-based violence or protection is desired.
· Ability to quickly grasp complex concepts;
· Strong organizational and written communication skills;
· Strong research experience; experience conducting desk research is highly desirable;
· Strong analytical skills and ability to convey information clearly;
· Experience generating graphs and charts to communicate data and information;
· Excellent attention to detail;
· Ability to manage multiple tasks;
· Flexibility to meet changing deadlines and priorities;
· Familiarity with survey tools, such as Survey Monkey and Google Forms is desirable;
· Positive attitude, proactive, and curious; motivation to learn and contribute relevant skills and expertise to InterAction’s Protection workstreams;
· Ability to work with minimal supervision;
· Interest, familiarity, and/or coursework in U.S. foreign policy, international security, conflict resolution, humanitarian action, and/or related field is desirable.
This is a hybrid position. The intern will be expected to come into the office up to two days a week noting this might change (according to InterAction’s COVID-19 policy); All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the District of Columbia, (D.C.), Maryland, or Virginia for an extended period.
There are no extraordinary physical requirements for the performance of the essential functions of this position. InterAction will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
Please complete the online application and include a cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for this position. The position will remain open until filled and applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is May 11, 2022, but applicants are encouraged to apply early. Due to the expected volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please. No phone calls, please.