05OCT - Campaign and Research Assistant - Crisis Action - Deadline: 13OCT


Organization Description
Crisis Action is a pioneering non-profit organization, launched in 2004 to enable civil society to respond more effectively to international conflict. Our aim is to help prevent suffering caused by armed conflict, to change the calculations of decision makers and ensure the protection of civilians. To achieve this aim Crisis Action works behind the scenes to catalyze, co-ordinate and support strategic coalition campaigns by our civil society partners. Our work enables more effective joint advocacy and campaigning on conflict by our partners, which include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, Oxfam, and many others.  


Location - New York, NY


Job Description
We are looking for interns who are available to work for six months full-time. We require interns to commit to a full-time period of six months as we feel this offers interns the best opportunity to immerse themselves in the organization’s work and gain the most valuable experience. The internship is unpaid, but a $1200 stipend will be provided each month.


Job Responsibilities
The Campaign and Research Assistant works with the New York Director and Advocacy and Campaigns Manager in a small New York office. The work involves a range of duties including:

  • researching particular conflict situations;

  • liaising with leading international NGOs, the media, the UN and governments;

  • coordinating work with Crisis Action’s seven other international offices;

  • setting up, and taking minutes at, meetings with UN officials;

  • monitoring international and UN news, including taking notes of UN briefings and Security Council meetings; and

  • administrative work, such as setting up conference calls and maintaining contact lists and databases.

Current conflict priorities for Crisis Action in New York include South Sudan and Syria. Crisis Action also monitors ongoing emergencies (e.g. Yemen, Burundi, Sudan, Nigeria) and could engage in new emergency-response advocacy.

You will have the opportunity to learn about global conflicts and interact with high-level policy makers and top-tier NGO partners.


Job Requirements
The candidate must have excellent organizational skills, be a very good communicator with sound political judgment. He or she must be self-motivated, possess considerable initiative and be able to handle many tasks simultaneously. Excellent administrative and computer/technology skills and Microsoft Office proficiency are vital. He or she must be able to prioritize with minimal supervision and to work independently.

A degree in politics, international relations or a similar field and/or related experience is preferred. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of the United Nations would be an asset.


How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to newyork2@crisisaction.org with “New York Internship” in the subject line. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a follow up assessment. We regret that due to the volume of applications we cannot respond individually to each applicant.


Deadline - 13OCT