Resilient Roots Intern
At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthenging the power of people to organize, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective, and innovative civil society.
We strive to promote marginalised voices, especially from the Global South, and have more than 4000 members in more than 175 countries. We work for civil society, protecting and growing ‘civic space’ by which we mean; the freedoms of expression, association and assembly – the fundamental freedoms on which rest peoples’, citizens’ and organisations’ right to speak out, organise and take action.
We know that this is a time of big global challenges for civil society and the world, but we also know that our members and partners have big responses. Our role is to connect, amplify and scale these responses and, in doing so, strengthen the contribution of citizen action and civil society.
Drawing on over 25 years of experience, we are working to build on our strengths while also exploring new ways of working. CIVICUS’ Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022 sets the strategic direction for the secretariat and alliance. It articulates who we are, what we strive to achieve, how we work and how we define our success.
How we make a difference:
Given the nature and extent of the challenges facing humanity, it is our responsibility to take bold and brave action, and to strengthen citizen action and civil society by:
- Building solidarity among civil society across borders and at scale
- Supporting civil society to connect with others
- Producing timely and world-class knowledge and analysis
- Advocating for open spaces and systemic change
- Amplifying voices of those usually not included
- Promoting resourcing of diverse and resilient civil society
- Innovating and incubate bold initiatives
- Promote, model and disseminate civil society best practice
CIVICUS Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
CIVICUS positively promotes diversity and inclusion across all areas of the organisation. CIVICUS ensures that its policies and practices do not discriminate on the basis of gender, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or race. Furthermore, CIVICUS ensures that its recruitment policies are designed to enable candidates from under-represented regions, with diverse educational backgrounds and with diverse language skills to access employment opportunities with CIVICUS.
DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:
The Resilient Roots Intern will support various aspects of programmatic, research, communications and administrative functions of CIVICUS’ Innovation Stream, whose mission is to empower a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. This will involve working across a variety of programmes, and the Resilient Roots initiative in particular.
Under the guidance of the Coordinator, Resilient Roots, the intern will additionally assist with activities such as stakeholder mapping and outreach, identifying and engaging project partners, research into civil society organisations’ constituent-driven accountability and resilience, collating and summarising learnings from the initiative, and workstream management.
In this process, the intern will gain knowledge of CIVICUS’ work with civil society around the world - particularly in the Global South – in particular on the socio-political challenges they face, how tech and data based approaches are being leveraged to help developing their capacities, and how to communicate complex issues with both internal and external audiences.
The Resilient Roots initiative is testing whether organisations who are more accountable and responsive to their roots - namely, their primary constituencies - are more resilient against external threats. To do so, CIVICUS is joining forces with civil society organisations in various countries to design and rollout innovative accountability experiments over an 18-month period. These experiments will explore the factors which increase public support and trust in organisations, in order to identify different pathways to greater, longer-lasting efficacy and legitimacy.
Successful interns may be considered for staff positions in line with CIVICUS’ structure and staffing needs after the end of their internship appointment.
QUALIFICATIONS, BEHAVIORAL SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:
- Degree in a related field of study, including international relations, sustainable development, human rights, public policy, and/or others, with relevant work experience.
- Strong interest in working in non-profit organisations, charitable networks, and/or public service institutions.
- Available for work in London.
- Prior internship in non-profit organisations and/or international settings beneficial but not required
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Fluent in English;
- Proficiency in other languages, particularly UN languages, helpful.
- Knowledge of civil society and the broader sustainable/international development sector
- Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google software
- Experience in research, activity management, and communications and outreach, helpful.
- Self-starter willing to take initiative with attention to detail and not inspired by problem solving
- Resilient interpersonal and networking skills, especially working with multi-country, multi-time zoned teams
- Great degree of agility and ability to ‘roll with the punches’
- Passion and deep interest in technology and tech tools; Digital native characteristics are very helpful
- Deadline driven, with ability to multi-task, especially on the part of job description that says: ‘and other tasks as assigned’
JOB TITLE THIS POSITION REPORTS TO: Coordinator, Resilient Roots
DURATION: Three months, full time
SALARY: £1,530 per month (London Living Wage)
START DATE: 6 August or as soon as possible
To Apply, please submit :
- A motivational letter (no longer than one page A4);
- Your CV;
- Contact details of three references;
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not have heard from us within 3 weeks after your application, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.