Partnerships Intern, Peace & Conflict Technical Support Unit

Mercy Corps
  • Location
    London or Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship
  • Posted
    Dec 26

Position description

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: 3 months part-time (2.5 days per week), starting January/February 2018 with a potential for renewal 

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: Internships based in the UK earn minimum wage (London Living Wage – currently set at 9.75 GBP per hour), subject to standard deductions. Costs of travel to and from the London office are the responsibility of the intern.  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  

Mercy Corps’ staff of 5,000 works in over 40 countries: places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Mercy Corps has a longstanding legacy implementing evidence-based peacebuilding programmes and rigorously testing impact. The HQ-based Peace & Conflict team provides technical support for the implementation of 28 programmes (including 4 research projects) valued at over £100 million in 16 countries that prevents, mitigates, and reduces participation in conflict. 

Mercy Corps’ current partnerships for peacebuilding programmes is narrow – almost exclusively from institutional (government or UN) donors, and even within that category overwhelmingly from UK, US and EU, with some projects funded by continental European governments and private foundations. The Peace & Conflict team therefore aims to expand its donor base by identifying new donor engagement opportunities funding both peacebuilding programmes, and development programmes that address the root causes of conflict (structural conflict drivers) for a peacebuilding goal. The longer-term goal is to influence donors’ peacebuilding strategies and funding mechanisms and secure grants/contracts for programming or research. In parallel, Mercy Corps wants to identify continental European organisations working towards similar peacebuilding goals for potential programme implementation and/or research partnerships. The Peace & Conflict, Partnerships Intern will lead the scanning and identification of donors (institutional donors, foundations, and corporates) and partner aspects of the work, and support HQ teams to engage the most promising donors and partners. 

OBJECTIVES & ACTIVITIES:  

  • Identify institutional donors interested in peace and conflict programming;
    • Liaise with key HQ teams (including Institutional Partnerships and New Initiatives) to identify donors (includes institutional donors, foundations, and corporates), frameworks, and funding sources relevant to (1) peace and conflict programming generally and (2) addressing the root causes of conflict specifically;
    • Conduct desk research to identify donors, frameworks, and funding sources relevant to (1) peace and conflict programming generally and (2) addressing the root causes of conflict specifically;
    • Draft meeting briefs, new donor influence strategies.
  • Track funding opportunities for (1) peace and conflict programming generally and (2) addressing the root causes of conflict specifically, and scan tracking tools (e.g., New Initiatives pipeline, NGO tab on GAIT) regularly and update Peace & Conflict proposal pipeline accordingly.
  • Conduct a partnerships scan, identifying civil society and private sector organisations in continental Europe working in peacebuilding and/or development programmes that address the root causes of conflict (structural conflict drivers) for a peacebuilding goal. 

DELIVERABLES:  

  • List of donors (includes institutional donors, foundations, and corporates) and implementing/research partners (with short analyses of the opportunities) focused on (1) peace and conflict programming generally and (2) addressing the root causes of conflict specifically;
  • Analysis of donor frameworks on peace and stability, including hyperlinked bibliography;
  • Presentation of donors/funding sources and implementing/research partners. 

Qualifications

Mercy Corps is looking for someone interested in international peacebuilding who wants to get experience in the sector. This person should be able to work independently and trusted to ask questions and raise concerns with her/his supervisor as needed. The Peace & Conflict, Partnerships Intern must have creative problem-solving skills and excellent time management capacities. S/he must also demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills, with an ability to analyse and condense information, and write succinctly. 

  • Demonstrated interest in peacebuilding required, this could be through:
    • pursuing a BA/BSc or MA/MSc in international relations, development or conflict studies, history, or related degrees;
    • or experience working in the charity sector abroad;
    • or experience working in the charity sector in the UK with an interest in international relations;
  • Experience in administration desired, maintaining electronic or physical filing systems;
  • Demonstrated experience analysing and condensing information;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required, fluency in French, German, Danish, or Dutch a significant advantage. 

Mercy Corps interns represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Application instructions

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