DATES OF INTERNSHIP: January 2021- April 2021
HOURS PER WEEK: Full-time: 30 Hours/week
INTERNS SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Director of Research-Conflict and Governance, Research and Learning, Senior Researcher- Peace and Conflict
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: $1500/month stipend
Mercy Corps responsibilities
For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:
- Training and supervisory support
- Access to Mercy Corps online tools
- All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project
Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:
- Laptop for working remotely
- Accommodation, travel, and living expenses
Mercy Corps is an international relief and development organization working in over 40 countries worldwide helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps’ Research and Learning team is dedicated to producing compelling, relevant and rigorous research that supports this mission. Our priority topics include areas related to Mercy Corps strategic programming and influencing objectives including governance, conflict, migration, resilience, and market development.
In the coming months, the Research and Learning team is working to expand our evidence base and influence on issues connected to the intersection between governance and conflict. With a growing portfolio of studies on conflict and governance, the Research and Learning team seeks to recruit an intern to provide support to specific projects requiring greater support with quantitative and qualitative data analysis and the communication of evidence to policy stakeholders.
The Governance and Conflict Research Intern’s primary role will be to support the Research and Learning team in advancing priorities under the research agendas on governance and conflict, including projects focused on understanding the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. In particular, the intern will work on several projects that involve developing and communicating program and policy recommendations that build on the finding of Mercy Corps research studies.
Through the internship, the intern will acquire:
- Experience in program evaluation and quantitative/qualitative research methods on topics related to conflict and governance
- Experience with policy analysis and communications
- Exposure to NGO/donor coordination
- Experience with development of research products (briefs, reports, analysis plans)
The intern is expected to provide support to the team in a variety of tasks, including:
- Conducting desk and literature reviews on topics related to governance and conflict,
- Helping to identify and assess potential program and policy option and formulate recommendations,
- Helping to produce reports, policy briefs and other research products tailored to key audiences,
- Helping with quantitative and qualitative data analysis,
IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in progress or recently completed (within 1 year)
- Interest, experience, and/or coursework in policy analysis, international development, political science, conflict studies, or related fields.
- Interest, experience, and/or coursework in qualitative research methods such as interviewing, focus groups, and case studies and quantitative research methods such as surveys, field experiments, and regression analysis with statistical packages such as Stata or R.
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
- Excellent writing and communication skills, and in interest in communicating about data and evidence to a diverse set of stakeholders.
- Strong multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit your résumé/CV, along with a brief cover letter explaining your interest in this internship and highlighting any relevant experience or interests.
Mercy Corps Diversity Statement
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere toMercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
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In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any relevant experience, and demonstrate your interest. Your application will be reviewed by the Mercy Corps team and shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly for interviews.