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Programme Intern: CSOs fighting populism and promoting innovation (SoS19)

  • Full Time
  • Internship
  • Part Time
  • Berlin
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International Civil Society Centre

Position: Programme Intern: CSOs fighting populism and promoting innovation

Contract period/Starting date: As soon as possible, ideally before February 2019

How to apply: Your application should consist of a CV and cover letter expressing your motivation and what you would aim to learn during your internship (in English). It should include your earliest possible starting date, suggested working hours per month, and desired internship length. Please send your application in one PDF-document below, stating your name and the job reference “Internship CSOs” in the document title. Application via email will not be accepted.

Application deadline: 1 January 2019

The Centre

The International Civil Society Centre helps international civil society organisations (ICSOs) maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world.

The Centre works with ICSOs to successfully navigate change. We scan the horizon for opportunities and threats; enable learning and cooperation among ICSOs and their stakeholders; support ICSOs in developing effective leadership; and promote robust accountability to strengthen ICSOs’ legitimacy. The Centre is a not-for-profit organisation fully owned by the organisations it serves. We strive to set high standards in management, governance and strategy for ICSOs and the wider sector.

Programme: ICSOs in times of Populism and Division in Society

In 2019, the Centre will launch a programme exploring the area of “ICSOs in times of Populism and Division in Society”. We are developing a number of elements as part of this programme which will address a) a self-reflection on ICSO legitimacy, partnerships and business models, and approaches to transparency and accountability, to renew public trust; b) an analysis and action around shaping a new positive narrative of civil society and our role in uniting support to address the key global issues of our time; and c) an effort to establish more effective mechanisms for solidary action within and beyond the sector. In early 2019, we will be taking essential steps in outlining and defining this work in more detail, both in terms of further clarifying the context and in outlining concrete suggestions for collaboration.

The Centre is currently looking for an intern to support our work in this area.

Key tasks

  • Mapping: Based on defined criteria, conduct research of initiatives, organisations and approaches interesting for this work and thus develop a mapping of relevant actors
  • Meeting/report background preparation: Assist with content, such as identifying or supporting potential speakers or contributors and drafting input to presentations, case studies, etc. as well as meeting logistical preparation for the Programme Manager and Executive Director. This will include the Innovators Forum on ‘Reframing the Narrative: Creative Responses to Growing Divides’ in February 2018, and the first ‘Innovation in Civil Society Report’ on “ICSOs in times of Populism and Division in Society”.
  • Event management: Prepare and support the implementation of various convenings, e.g. for working groups, incl. liaising with participants, travel booking, logistical arrangements
  • Communication: Assist in the development and implementation of texts and other relevant communication material, incl. for social media
  • Fundraising: Assist in researching potential donors and in developing funding proposals related to this area of work
  • Further: Any other tasks as assigned by the Programme Manager

The intern will mainly work with the Programme Manager, but will be part of the overall Programme Team and have opportunities to get to know other areas of the Centre’s work.

What we are looking for

  • Enrolment in an ongoing study programme (“Immatrikulationsbescheinigung”) in a relevant field, such as Political Science/International Relations or Political Communication and looking for a compulsory internship (“Pflichtpraktikum”)
  • First hand experience of working or engaging with the civil society sector
  • Strong understanding of the current global social and political contexts and challenges within which civil international civil society organisations are working
  • Diligent, reliable and focused way of working with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to familiarise quickly with new issues and concepts
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Good MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

We offer

  • A 3-6 months internship
  • Insights into the civil society sector and the work of the world’s largest ICSOs
  • Insight into the development of project with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Insights into potential ways of countering increasing political and social divides
  • The opportunity to be part of an international, dynamic and ambitious organisation with enthusiastic and experienced colleagues supporting the world’s largest ICSOs

Working hours: 20-40 hrs per week, negotiable

Holidays: depending on working days, based on 26 holidays p.a.

Compensation: €350 per month, before tax for a full-time internship

Location: Berlin, Germany

Starting date: As soon as possible, ideally before February 2019

Application for the position

Your application should:

  • consist of a CV and cover letter expressing your motivation and what you would aim to learn during your internship (in English);
  • include the earliest possible starting date, suggested work hours/month and desired length of the internship;
  • be submitted through our online application form by 1 January 2019. Please submit your application in one PDF document, stating your name and the job reference “Internship CSOs” in the document title. 

Interviews will take place from 9-11 January 2019 by Skype or in our office in Berlin. Please note that we can only contact shortlisted candidates.

We look forward to receiving your application!