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Country: United States of America
Organization: International Republican Institute
Closing date: 5 Nov 2021

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Job Summary:

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence - We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom - We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect - We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork - We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency - We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability - We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

IRI seeks to create an engaging, purposeful, and structured internship program that educates and promotes students’ interest in democracy and governance while building tangible skills for their future endeavors. The intern will work in the Africa Division and provide support to a diverse portfolio and assist regional teams on several projects (political party work, civil society strengthening, governance programming, etc) from a variety of funding sources (USAID, State Department, National Endowment for Democracy).

Interns will learn about time management and work on tasks in a fast-paced international affairs environment and be introduced to professional learning opportunities.

This position is virtual will start in January 2022 for no more than sixteen (16) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $15.20 per hour.

In-Person and Virtual applicants encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements:

  • Current student or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program in Political Science, International Affairs or related field and interest in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively, complete tasks with minimal oversight, and communicate clearly and consistently in a virtual work environment.

  • Language skills a plus: French, Spanish and/or Portuguese

Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff with program administration and events, including interview coding, translating reports and other documents, logistics and other tasks as needed

  • Provide administrative support to regional teams

  • Support database system and database management, including Telling our Stories, etc.

  • Monitor international media outlets and conducts background research on political developments specific to regional portfolio

  • Write as a contributor to IRI’s blogs

  • Develop and/or edit country one-pagers

  • Assist in researching and gathering intelligence for proposal design, briefing papers, reports, and presentations

  • Attend and contribute to proposal design sessions and budget development processes

  • Support key record keeping functions of the division, including taking minutes as staff meetings, cleaning databases (contact lists, program inventory, survey research, etc.)

  • Support team recruitment efforts by reviewing job applications and qualifications and developing candidate matrices

  • Attend (virtual) informational meetings and participate in professional development opportunities including trainings offered by the organization (Grants Department, Business Development, Procurement, Office of Evidence and Learning Practice, Center for Insights in Survey Research, etc)

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire knowledge of the democracy and governance field of international development in including aspects related to program management, monitoring and evaluation, program and business development, and external affairs.
  • Experience in key project administration skills employers look for in entry level candidates.

  • Develop the communication and writing skills needed to contribute to reports and publications

  • Apply research and analytical skills

  • Gain an understanding IRI’s funding landscape and of award requirements

  • Become acquainted with survey research methods

  • Engage with IRI’s Center for Global Impact and better understand innovative approaches and thematic expertise related to democracy and governance programming, including evidence and learning practices

  • Adapt to virtual workplace culture and accountability practices

How to apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to company website: Virtual Intern Africa | Job Opportunities (ultipro.com)

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