GEDI Great Lakes Internship
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Great Lakes region is a very complex environment with numerous crises ongoing for the past several decades resulting in the displacement of “over 700,000 refugees and 4,000,000 IDPs in the four countries. IRC provides support to those who are displaced, those who can return home, as well as the host communities and those unable, to flee the multiple conflicts affecting the region”.
As a result of this unstable environment there are mass populations of people that face high levels of vulnerability and risk, in particular women, and children at the forefront of heightened risk due to patriarchy, structural inequalities, harmful social, cultural, and traditional norms, and practices. In response to these disparities-IRCs’ Gender Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion strategy aims to advance Gender, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion focused on (3) Pillars: Who We Are, What we Do, and What we say & how engage including: GEDI mainstreamed in program design, deliver programs rooted in intersectional analysis, & external engagement centered on the needs of our clients, staff, and partners.
The Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (GEDI) Intern will serve as a key source of support to the Regional GEDI Director based in Nairobi, Kenya collaborating with IRC counterparts within the Great Lakes region (Tanzania, Burundi, DRC, CAR, Chad, and Cameroon). The position is focused on supporting IRC GEDI unit efforts with research, coordination, logistics, graphic designing, and capacity building of different staff in different country programs. The GEDI Intern will be managed by the Regional GEDI Director, who will work to building on the GEDI Intern’s individual strengths when identifying work responsibilities through the internship period.
Essential Job Functions:
• Assist in preparation and analysis of briefing notes and communication materials.
• Calendar management, including scheduling and organizing meetings/workshops when required.
• Contribute to designing and implementation of initiatives, projects, or program.
• Assist in preparation of the relevant communications materials (for example<-Country GEDI Factsheets,
• Maintain tracking system of activities of GEDI champions, and Employee Resource Groups such as Women at Work ([email protected]) groups across the region and contribute to their visibility.
• Support the updating and adaptation of training and orientation material to the regional context.
• Provide administrative support on an as needed basis
• Support other activities as requested.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Regional GEDI Director
Position directly supervises: N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
- Regional Team.
- Country Programs Teams: Country Directors and Senior Management Teams
- ERGs such as [email protected], GEDI groups and functional actors
- Frequent contact with GEDI team
• Required: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gender, Development Studies, Public Health, African Studies, BA’s program in the areas of international development, gender studies, and other relevant disciplines.
• Volunteer, research, and/or professional work experience in at least one of the following areas: gender equality including- feminist movements, youth justice, antiracism, diversity, equity & inclusion
• Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment is desirable.
• Experience conducting research, writing, and editing reports, creating presentations, and basic statistics knowledge.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills: ability to work effectively across and within a large, complex non-profit organization, both laterally and vertically, and diplomatically communicate with a variety of people in a multi-cultural environment.
• Excellent organizational skills: the ability to work independently in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment and efficiently organize the workflow of a fast-paced team.
• Proven attention to details: the ability to track and process multiple details simultaneously and accurately.
• Solid writing and editing skills: the ability to draft and edit professional documents and correspondence in French.
• Strong visual skills: the ability to assist with preparation of charts and graphs in Excel and PowerPoint.
• Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently.
• Trustworthy with an ability in maintaining confidential information.
• Strong computer skills: ability to work effectively and accurately with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and to adapt to new applications.
Language Skills: English language proficiency and native French speaking required. Swahili as an added benefit.
Working Environment: The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with hybrid (in person) office and remote work environment.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Qualified African and African diaspora women are strongly encouraged to apply. We will make any practical adjustments to enable people with a disability to participate fully in an inclusive working environment. Please let us know in advance if you have a disability and require any special assistance in making your application. (Adapted from FEMNET)
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