Women Protection and Empowerment Intern
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
Following a first assessment conducted in January 2017 in Italy and another in July 2017, several critical protection gaps were identified within assistance provided to refugees and migrants in Italy: mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), assistance to unaccompanied children, information provision and legal support. IRC established a small presence in Italy in response to the identified gaps. Programs in Italy include Refugee.Info web-based information platform, child protection programming targeting unaccompanied children and victims of trafficking, mentoring programs for the socio-economic inclusion of refugee youth, WPE, and education
(social-emotional learning and healing classrooms). With the onset of the Ukrainian refugee crisis in Ukraine, IRC Italy is ramping up its capacities to respond to the protection and MHPSS needs of newly arrived Ukrainian refugees in several locations in Italy.
Are you passionate about people? Bring your whole and authentic self, and join our team!
We are looking for a Woman Protection and Empowerment Intern based in Milan who will support, in collaboration with IRC staff, the implementation of activities within the WGSS (Women and Girl Safe Space - safe spaces for women and girls where various services are offered in order to protect and promote the empowerment of women and girls through building networks and participation in workshop activities). The Intern will also help develop content that is adaptable and tailored to the needs of women.
- Support to the Senior Project Officer and the Content Development Officer through writing first drafts of articles related to women's needs; - Activities of collaboration with IRC staff operating on the Refugee.Info platform; - In close collaboration with Senior Legal Officer and Information Assistant, support IRC staff in data collection activities for protection monitoring purposes and drafting relevant reports and documentation; - Support the IRC team in Milan by helping in setting up the new space (shared with other organizations) and support the implementation of activities for vulnerable individuals, including women and children. - Attend meetings and draft minutes. - Assist IRC Program in Italy with admin and logistic tasks as needed. - Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
Key working relationships:
- Required to work closely with the IRC Italy Program team in Milan, Senior Legal Officer, Information Assistant, and RI Content Development Officer.
- Student/recently graduated from University in relevant field. - Confirmed digital literacy in MS Word, MS-Excel MS-Access, and related programs required. - Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and perform multiple tasks simultaneously. - Ability to work under pressure and follow timeframes. - Willingness to put in extra hours as the need arises. - Great teammate. - Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills - Proficiency in English and Italian, both written and spoken; - Willingness to travel to field sites in Italy and Europe
Positions directly reports to: Senior Legal Officer, IRC Italy
Professional Standards: IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and carries out policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Respect at Work Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Accountability to Clients: IRC staff must adhere to the commitment of contributing to the sustainability and development of its (CR) Client Responsiveness Mechanisms, preserving the culture of prioritizing the needs of our clients and affected communities by systematically listening to their perspectives and using their feedback to make programmatic decisions and give them greater influence over program design and delivery.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that enable women to participate in our workforce, including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. In keeping with our core values of Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality, IRC strives to maintain a work environment built on mutual respect in which all individuals treat each other professionally, and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment. IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of IRC Persons in any work setting. All IRC staff, wherever they are located, are accountable for creating an environment free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation.