Campaign and Research Assistant (Internship)

Job Description

You won’t 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, 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
•       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 Berlin, Brussels, Cairo, London, Nairobi, New
York, Paris and Washington DC. More information is available at:

 Job Posting Date: January 9, 2013

 Job Closing Date: January 16, 2013

 Job Duties 

The Campaign and Research Assistant works with the New York Director, Senior Adviser for Strategy & Campaigns, Head of Advocacy, 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
•       Coordinating work with Crisis Action’s seven other international
•       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
•       Administrative work, such as setting up conference calls and  maintaining
        contact lists and databases.

Current conflict priorities for Crisis Action in New York include Sudan-South Sudan, Syria, and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Crisis Action also monitors ongoing emergencies (i.e. Mali) 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. 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 $700 stipend will be provided each month.

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
with “New York Internship” in the subject line no later than Wednesday,
January 16th, 2013. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an
interview. We regret that due to the volume of applications we cannot respond individually to each applicant.