International Early Childhood Development Internship

ChildFund International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jan 09

Position description

ChildFund International is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) working in over 27 countries to help deprived, excluded, and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and become young adults, parents, and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. ChildFund is committed to child-centered change that leads to healthy and secure infants, educated and confident children, and skilled and involved youth. Since 1938, ChildFund has worked for the well-being of children by supporting locally-led initiatives in health and nutrition, education, micro-enterprise development, early child development, and psychosocial assistance that strengthen impoverished families and communities to help break the cycle of poverty and protect children’s rights.

ChildFund International has structured its programming along the life stages of child/youth development. Life Stage 1 includes infants and young children, ages 0 to 5; Life Stage 2 includes children and young adolescents, ages 6 to 14; Life Stage 3 focuses on programming for youth, ages 15 to 24.


ChildFund International’s work for infants and young children (IYC) aged 0-5 focuses on ensuring improved nutrition, health, safety/protection and early stimulation/early learning experiences.  ChildFund International is currently developing a Global Responsive Caregiving and Caregiver Well-Being Program Model and will be developing a related forthcoming research agenda that examines, amongst other topics, linkages between responsive caregiving programs and child protection.


To support the development of the global program model and identify evidence-based best practices, ChildFund is mapping former and existing internal organizational early childhood development initiatives and compiling both internal and external resources for best practices in early childhood development and child protection, particularly identifying resources with a focus on responsive and protective caregiving and caregiver well-being. 


  • Support the ongoing mapping of ChildFund's internal early childhood development-focused programs by continuing the initiated mapping of current and past ECD initiatives using ChildFund’s internal database; SharePoint site; and remote consultations with country offices, as needed;
  • Supporting the compilation of documentation on ChildFund’s past and current ECD initiatives, including best practices and lessons learned, with a specific focus on responsive and protective caregiving and caregiver well-being initiatives;
  • Support internal Early Childhood Development Knowledge Management processes such as identifying most recent ECD resources and supporting them being uploaded to the internal Sharepoint site; supporting the uploading country-office relevant materials to Sharepoint; and supporting compilation of quarterly internal ECD digest; and
  • Reviewing and editing ECD case studies on ChildFund’s ECD work.


  • Desk research of internal organizational grey literature (i.e. project databases and reports) and external academic and grey literature
  • Engagement with country offices, as needed and directed by the Sr. ECD Advisor
  • Mentorship from Sr. ECD Advisor


  • Current student in a graduate-level program in International Comparative Education, International Development, International Relations, Social Work, Master’s of Public Administration, Psychology, or related field
  • Experience working in a development or humanitarian setting; international early childhood development, education or child protection experience desired
  • Experience conducting research and report writing required; academic or professional writing sample required if shortlisted.
  • Fluency in English reading, writing and speaking required; Knowledge of French, Spanish, and/or Portuguese desired
  • Available to work 10-20 hours a week; days and times To Be Determined in partnership with the Sr. ECD Advisor


The contracted person will work remotely with the Sr. Technical ECD Advisor who is based part-time both in NYC and Washington D.C. and has an intensive international travel schedule from January – March 2018。 


  • Spring Term Required – Start Date Approx. February 5th
  • Based on workload, potential to continue into summer months if agreed between both parties


  • Unpaid
  • 1 roundtrip transport costs to Washington D.C. to meet the team and present final deliverables
  • Potential for Class Credit based on University

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