Human Rights Project Planning and Development Internship (flexible start date, two positions available)

Interns will be working at The Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (NMDHR) in Freetown. The NMDHR is a coalition of civil society and human rights organizations, thus interns will be exposed to a wide variety of organizations.  Interns are expected to have or be working towards a Bachelors degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Business, International Development, Project Development, and Human Rights. Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • In project planning and project development
  • Organizing fund raising activities
  • Assist in programmes planning and programmes evaluation
  • Assist in project writing
  • Assist the programme Manager in coordinating all programmes to meet our anticipated objectives.
  • Assist in doing monitoring and evaluation

Interns are requested to bring their own laptop computers (NMDHR will provide internet access).

 

Human Rights Programme Development Internship (flexible start date, two positions available)

Interns will be working at The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) in Freetown. Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a Bachelors degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Business, International Development, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution, Media advocacy etc. Applicants pursuing a Masters degree in Human Rights or pursuing a career within the realm of Human Rights advocacy will be preferred. You may also be expected to supervise another intern during your internship, and will act as a fully functioning member of the HRCSL team, with extensive guidance and training provided by the Chairperson. Tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • Under the direction of the chairperson furnish the public with information on the activities of the HRCSL and ensures all information released to the media/public is accurate and consistent with HRCSL objectives
  • Support the development and implementation of a communication and media strategy
  • Facilitate communication with the electronic and print media
  • Attend to inquires and request for information from the public, review reports, and/or other written materials for public consumption
  • Coordinate media programs and outreach activities, services and/or program implementation in collaboration with relevant institutions in partnership with HRCSL
  • Collect data and review research materials, determines the accuracy and validity of information sources and the degree of appropriateness for use.

 

Resource Development Intern for Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) (Flexible start date, two positions available)

CARL seeks to promote a just society for all persons in Sierra Leone through monitoring institutions of accountability, outreach, and advocacy for institutional transparency, capacity building and empowerment of citizens. CARL has its origin in the Special Court Monitoring Group (SCMG), which was established in May 2004 as a partnership project of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability (COJA) to exclusively monitor and produce objective reporting on proceedings before the court for both the local and international community.

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in some or all of the following areas: human rights, social justice, media advocacy, and monitoring of the justice system. Interns should be working toward (or have completed) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Law, Business, International Development, Non-Profit Management, Resource Development and External Relations, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution, Media Advocacy etc. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights, International Law, or pursuing a career within the realm of Courts Advocacy will be preferred.

Since this position includes a significant amount of editing and writing, mastery of the English language is required, and each candidate is required to submit a brief writing sample for review.

Basic Responsibilites:

  1. The Resource Development Intern will be responsible for activities in public outreach, marketing, and increasing donations for core funding within CARL.
  2. Work with the Director to determine an appropriate resource development target during your internship (increased website visits, increased presence online, increased radio presence, as well as a monetary target).
  3. Coordinate media programs and outreach activities, services and/or program implementation in collaboration with relevant institutions in partnership with CARL.
  4. Work on developing relationships between new and/or potential donors and CARL.
  5. Strengthen ties to former interns and existing staff to act as a network for fundraising coordination.
  6. Create and maintain an active grants database for CARL.
  7. Write grant proposals and actively seek funding from donors.
  8. Update and increase CARL’s media presence via online marketing, social media development, and fundraising campaign strategies (pamphlets, radio broadcasts, etc).
  9. Design and write a fundraising campaign strategy for CARL.
  10. Any other duty that may be assigned.

This is an opportunity to engage with the local community and business leaders, becoming more familiar with what it takes to lead a successful fundraising campaign and how non-profits seek to generate funds.

Any intern must be well versed in CARL’s mission and goals, keep in regular contact with External Relations staff, and most importantly, be energetic and outgoing.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

 

Court Monitoring/Social Justice Intern- Centre for Accountability and the rule of law (CARL) (flexible start dates, two positions available)

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a sustained and reflected (via the CV and cover letter) interest in some or all of the following areas: human rights, social justice, media advocacy, and monitoring of the justice system. Interns should be working toward (or have completed) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Criminology, Law, Business, International Development, Non-Profit Management, Sociology, Human Rights, Government, Conflict Resolution, Media Advocacy etc. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in Criminology, International Criminal Justice, Human Rights, International Law, or pursuing a career within the realm of Courts Advocacy are preferred, with special preference given to those with experience in police work or police monitoring.

Since this position includes a significant amount of editing and writing, mastery of the English language is required, and each candidate is required to submit a brief writing sample for review.

Basic Responsibilities:

1. Accompany staff in monitoring high profile court cases in the Sierra Leone special courts, high courts, and criminal courts. These court buildings are not always in the best condition, so interns should be duly prepared.

2. Work with the Director and accompanying staff to write and edit reports of court activities, to ensure that courts remain accountable to the general public and that justice has been upheld.

3. Edit and develop existing methods for recording and evaluating court activities.

4. This position may include travel to the provinces (expenses to be covered by CARL) where the intern will be expected to attend court trials, hear community cases, and work with trained community monitors in cases related to domestic abuse and gender violence, child abuse, political violence, and anti-corruption cases.

5. Develop programmes and conduct research for the best means of monitoring police accountability and police activity.

6. Any other duty as assigned.

This is an opportunity to engage with the local community and business leaders, becoming more familiar with what it takes to lead a successful monitoring campaign in a post-conflict setting.

Any intern must be well versed in CARL’s mission and goals and most importantly, be energetic and outgoing.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.