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Campaign and Research Assistant - Crisis Action

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Organization Information

You may not have heard of us, as we work behind-the-scenes, but Crisis Action is at the forefront of global advocacy. 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, Save the Children and many others.
Our rationale is that focused advocacy by non-governmental organisations, charities, think-tanks, faith groups and others is far more likely to succeed if it is done strategically and collectively. Crisis Action works to bring together diverse organisations and draw on their respective skills and capabilities to increase their impact.

Our work includes:
• Warning of emerging crises and prompting early responses
• Sharing information and analysis among partners
• Researching government policy
• Facilitating partner dialogue
• Developing strategic advocacy and campaign propositions
• Negotiating joint policy platforms
• Coordinating agreed partner action plans
• Planning and executing joint campaigns
• Evaluating the effectiveness of joint responses to crises

Crisis Action has offices in Brussels, MENA, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Paris and Washington DC. More information is available at: www.crisisaction.org 

Location - New York, NY    

Job Description

The Campaign and Research Assistant works with the Deputy Executive Director, New York Director, Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, and Advocacy Associate 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 Nigeria, Sudan-South Sudan and Syria. Crisis Action monitors other potential and actual conflicts (e.g. Iraq, Gaza,) 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.

We are looking for interns who are available to work for six months full-time. In our experience, a six month commitment 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 Qualifications - Required Qualifications

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 newyork1@crisisaction.org with “New York Internship” in the subject line no later than Tuesday, March 31st, 2015. Instructions may also be found on https://crisisaction.org/opportunities/. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. We regret that due to the volume of applications we cannot respond individually to each applicant. 

Desired start date: April 13, 2015