Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve.
Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position.
Resilience Documentation & Communication Intern
Programme / Department Summary: Mercy Corps’ Resilience Hub for the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region supports program design, implementation, measurement and knowledge sharing that builds resilience across the region.
Individually, the hubs are responsive to local contexts, build local capacities, design resilience interventions and generate and share findings across countries and communities facing similar shocks and stresses.
Collectively, they are networked to advance, funnel and operationalize learning into the agency, our partners and to the global development community.
General Position Summary: Currently, there exists a tremendous amount of grossly aggregated information about building and measuring resilience (e.g. documents, websites, reports, case studies, etc.).
However, very little useful cataloguing of this information has been completed in order to make this information more accessible and user-friendly to field practitioners.
Therefore, the primary purpose of this internship is to develop an annotated bibliography of approximately 200 priority resources which will be shared with Mercy Corps staff and partners.
The secondary purpose of this internship is to provide interested humanitarian development professionals an opportunity to experience working within a premier humanitarian agency like Mercy Corps as a short-term volunteer.
Internship Assignment Responsibilities:
- Design template for annotated bibliography of resilience resources (e.g. documents, websites, reports, case studies, etc.) in consultation with his/her supervisor
- Create one consolidated folder on Google Drive and populate with Resilience Hub team’s resilience docs for cataloguing
- Compile list of resources to be catalogued
- Prioritize resources to be annotated first, second, third priority, etc. with supervisor’s consultation
- Complete annotated bibliography of approximately 200 top priority resources
- Prepare a 20-30 min presentation of annotated bibliography to senior Mercy Corps’ Regional/Kenya team
- Support the hub in organizing for one resilience workshop/seminar
- Participate in at least one field activity aimed at supporting youth, women or pastoralist communities
The intern will:
- Learn how to support knowledge management in an organizational setting
- Gain experience in organizing learning events
- Gain field experience in resilience programming with a globally recognized leading NGO
- Template for annotated bibliography (based on academic best practice)
- Folder of consolidated resilience resources
- Comprehensive list of resources to be catalogued
- Electronic document containing approximately 200 annotated references to priority resources
- 20-30min presentation and PPT on final product for internal, senior management
- Field report and/or any other immediate deliverable determined by the field team
Reports Directly To: Resilience Hub Program Officer
The ideal candidate should possess the following:
- A recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in development/social science. A postgraduate qualification will be an added advantage.
- Interest in understanding the development dynamics and issues in the dry lands of the Horn of Africa
The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:
- A strong team player
- Excellent analytical and information management skills
- Attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines
- A good sense of humor
Mercy Corps interns and volunteers 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 MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday, 15th January 2016 by 4.00pm.
The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.
Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified.
Please do not attach any certificates.
(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
We will only get in touch with shortlisted candidates.)
NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.