Mercy Corps International
DATES OF INTERNSHIP: May - August 2018 (flexible)LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: 3 months at 30 hours/weekINTERN SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Knowledge Catalyst & Learning Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.orgFUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: Mercy Corps responsibilitiesFor the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:$670/month stipendWorkstation within Mercy Corps DC office headquartersAccess to Mercy Corps online toolsAll other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertakenIntern responsibilitiesIntern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:Living expensesTransportations costsMaintaining their personal computer which will be used for the internship.All other costs associated with this internshipPROJECT DESCRIPTION: Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. Mercy Corps' Resilience Initiative is a cross-agency effort to understand, test, and mainstream resilience thinking across our humanitarian and development portfolio. Over the past 4 years, we have built a conceptual and practical understanding of resilience, and we are now operationalizing this understanding through our network of regional Resilience Hubs. This Initiative has grown and matured, and there is now a wealth of knowledge generated through the range of programs, assessments, research, pilot activities, case studies and evaluations conducted across headquarter and Resilience Hub teams.The Resilience Knowledge Management and Communications Intern will collaborate primarily with the Resilience Knowledge Catalyst and Learning Advisor. S/he will support the development of a resilience communications digital toolbox to enable team members to strategically plan for the creation, dissemination and socialization of resilience products. Additionally, s/he will support the Resilience Initiative in drafting compelling resilience internal communications materials, such as internal newsletter and Workplace posts, as time allows.As time permits and depending on interests, s/he will support members of the Research and Learning team, Technical Support Unit, and other members of the Global Resilience Initiative.DELIVERABLES:Design and create an online learning toolbox for resilience knowledge management and communications, including:Collating and organizing relevant internal and external resilience communications resources, tools, templates and examples Creatively presenting materials in a way that encourages self-paced learning and behavior changeConducting internal brownbag & webinar to present toolbox towards the end of the internshipDraft compelling resilience communications materials, such as internal newsletter posts, blogs, photo essays, and others as assignedOther projects as interested and as assignedLEARNING OBJECTIVES: The intern will gain skills in knowledge management, strategic internal and external communications, MediaWiki project development, and more. Additionally, s/he will gain knowledge in resilience research and application and be exposed to other research streams within Mercy Corps such as cash and markets, violence reduction and prevention, and climate change adaptation.THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications:Graduate study complete or in progress in international relations, education, library sciences, international development, communications or related field.Strong writing skills; experience writing short articles, blog posts, and vibrant storytelling.Ability to present projects to peers and others as part of representation.Strong organizational and verbal and written communication skills.Experience in international development strongly preferredExperience developing digital learning and knowledge management tools strongly preferredSuccess factors:Flexibility in a non-hierarchical environmentMulti-tasker with the proven ability to organize and prioritize competing prioritiesSelf-motivated and able to work without close supervisionDemonstrated ability to communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles, follow procedures, and meet deadlinesFlexibility and creativity in planning and problem solvingAbility to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for resultsUnderstanding for diverse cultural, political and religious environments and be able to work successfully in those environments.Maintaining a sense of humor in stressful situationsMercy Corps interns staff 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.Diversity is powerful. To achieve transformational change, we seek out team members with different origins, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of thinking. Diversity helps us unlock complexity.
The world is more fragile than ever. Food shortages have left millions of people hungry, while violent conflict has sent millions on the run. From poverty and malnutrition to natural disasters and climate change, it’s easy to see a world of insurmountable challenges. Instead, we see an opportunity to create transformative change. We see the world differently. In crisis, we believe in the power of human potential. In struggle, we believe in the ability of communities to grow stronger.