Peacebuilding Intern

International Alert
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Mar 14

Position description

Internships at Alert are intended and designed both to make a practical contribution to the work of the organisation through fulfilling identified duties and responsibilities, and to offer a learning opportunity for the intern. In this case, the opportunities to learn will focus around the substance of the new projects and the design and start-up phases of project management. There will also be opportunities to interact with other members of Alert’s staff and participate in meetings where appropriate.

Job Purpose

The purpose of the intern for Peacebuilding is to provide day to day administrative and research support to International Alert’s (Alert) developing work on understanding the gender dynamics of violent extremism and current approaches to preventing/countering violent extremism (PVE/CVE). The role will assist with desk based research, the production of policy papers, internal knowledge sharing and general administrative duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main focus of this internship is to provide administration and research support to the Peacebuilding Advisory Unit (PAU) in its research and advocacy work on gender and PVE/CVE. Other programme support tasks will arise and some may be at short notice.

Core tasks will include: 

  • Contributing to Alert’s emerging understanding of gender perspectives in PVE/CVE work through desk based research;
  • Assisting with internal knowledge management and outreach on these issues through supporting the content production and management of an internal resource centre and recording internal knowledge sharing meetings; Assisting with administrative tasks linked to outreach, advocacy and documentation;
  • Assisting with the development of new projects in the field of gender and PVE/CVE;
  • Supporting general administrative tasks such as logistics, meeting planning and database management;
  • Participate in organisation-wide events and discussions on related topics/projects.



For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed below are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for research – assiduous attention to detail and the capacity to be imaginative in identifying and tracking down the appropriate literature and identifying its main themes and utility – combined with the ability to express precise findings in a clear and accessible way. This is what we will be looking for above all else.

Essential requirements 

  • A degree in a relevant subject
  • Experience in conducting research and gathering information, analysis and writing
  • Proven computer literacy (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Excellent writing skills in English and ability to communicate complex concepts simply
  • Good interpersonal skills, including team working and networking skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, with strict deadlines, and to prioritise clearly
  • Ability to interact and work with people from a range of cultural and professional backgrounds

Desirable requirements  

  • A understanding of issues relating to violent extremism
  • Experience of working on peace and conflict issues and/or international relations
  • French or Arabic language skills an asset
  • Experience of administrating content managing systems (Wordpress)
  • The ambition to continue to work in the peacebuilding sector
  • Desire to learn

Application instructions

To apply, please send a completed INTERN application form and equal opportunities form to [email protected] , both of which can be found under ‘Downloads’. Please note we do not accept CVs.

As it is unlikely that we will be able to obtain a Work Permit for this role, all job applicants must already have the right to work in the UK.

Closing date:  17 March at 5pm (UK time). Interviews will take place on Wednesday 29 March.. Start date: from 24 April.

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