Interpeace Job Vacancy: Programme Assistant Intern - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Programme Assistant Intern
Reporting to: Learning & Policy Officer
Location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Type of position: Full time with a stipend
Appplication closing: Recruitment will remain open until the post is filled

Job start date: Immediate
, an international non-profit organisation, works in close partnership with national partner organizations and the UN, with the aim of building lasting peace. Interpeace supports the active involvement of local, national, and international actors in ongoing collective dialogue and participatory policy research that allows societies facing a risk of violent conflict to overcome its internal divisions. Interpeace assists and enables them to collectively respond to social, economic and political challenges.

Headquartered in Geneva with regional offices in Abidjan, Guatemala City and Nairobi, Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors. The organization is currently active in Africa, Central America, Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Scope of the position:
Under the supervision of the Learning & Policy Officer, the Intern assisting the programmes will support the work of Interpeace in West Africa, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire and the Sahel. The intern will be based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at Interpeace’s Regional Office for West Africa. In 2016 Interpeace focuses its programmes mainly in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali with an added attention on other countries in the Sahel. Detailed information on the programmes can be found on theInterpeace website. She/he will assist the entire programme team with a broad range of programme management tasks, including proposal writing, country-exploratory mission, translation (French/English), planning, communication, documentation and monitoring activities.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:
  • Assist the programmes in Côte d’Ivoire and in the Sahel region in various ways to help achieve Interpeace’s core objectives of supporting locally owned peacebuilding processes and supporting the international community’s efforts to support local peacebuilding capacities.
  • Assist in the carrying out of country-exploratory missions, particularly in the Sahel region, with regards to programme development.
  • Conduct context analyses / monitoring for the region.
  • Monitor email and other communications with partner teams.
  • Draft and/ or edit periodic (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual) programme reports.
  • Manage the proper archiving of physical and electronic documents.
  • Translate programme and other supporting documents to French/English.
  • Draft and/ or edit substantive reports.
  • Assist partner teams with the production of substantive and descriptive narrative reports.
  • Organize meetings, logistics with and for visitors.
  • Direct collaboration with the local programme teams in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Participate in team strategic and thematic discussions and document the exchanges.
  • Support day-to-day activities of the Regional Office for West Africa and undertake any other activities as called upon by the supervisors.
  • Completion or current pursuit of a postgraduate degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, human rights, diplomacy or related fields; or pursuit of undergraduate degree in these fields complemented with strong knowledge of the region.
  • Fluency in French required and a very good command of English. French skills are required to be comparable to those of a native-speaker in order to ensure autonomous work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/ interest in West Africa and Sahel contexts, knowledge of cultural and peacebuilding dynamics in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and other countries in the Sahelare considered a strong asset.
  • Strong desire to learn more about peacebuilding and conflict prevention issue.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French and English.
  • Excellent research and writing skills required.
  • Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding security, culture, climat and health issue.
  • Field experience in a conflict-affected or post-conflict country preferable.
  • Flexibility.
  • Evidence of strategic thinking and proven ability to organize, plan and prioritize work.
  • Good command of Microsoft Windows and Office is required. Experience with Adobe video or graphics software is considered an asset.
Nationals from countries in West Africa, as well as women, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Learning opportunities:
The West Africa Office will insure a proper induction process for the intern in order to rapidly get familiar with Interpeace’s work. The intern is encouraged to take part in the trainings, workshops and retreats of Interpeace and of our Ivorian partner which take place in Abidjan and its surrounding. Travel beyond Abidjan within Côte d’Ivoire or to other countries in the region will depend on financial means and cannot be guaranteed. The Interpeace team in Abidjan is dynamic and hard-working, encouraging space for personal initiatives and creativity.

Duration: 6 months (full-time)

Start date: As soon as possible. Early availability will be considered a strong asset.

Stipend: A stipend is offered to cover one return trip to Abidjan and basic living costs during 6 months.

How to Apply: Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest “Internship –WAO and your name” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email to be considered. Interpeace is an equal opportunity employer. Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed for interviews candidates will be notified. This recruitment will remain open until the post is filled. Early applications are thus encouraged.

Closing Date: 15 August 2016