Intern to humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy

Danish Red Cross (DRC) is part of the global Red Cross Movement, which includes national Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies in 190 countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). DRC's international work is guided by its International Strategy 2015-2020. Health and Care and Disaster Management are the DRC core competences. The focus of DRC’s long-term development programs is on Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Based Health. Currently, DRC has long term programs in more than 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The international work of Danish Red Cross is organized under three units: International Programs and Disaster Management, which have the operational responsibility for DRCs international development cooperation and emergency responses respectively; and International Support (IS), with the main objective of providing technical support to the international cooperation, including program development, monitoring and quality assurance.

In recent years the cooperation between the international department and the fundraising department has increased drastically, as businesses have shown a great interest in working together with the Red Cross in its international work, and the demand for DRC’s international work is increasing. The international department currently has more projects with private sector than previously and there is still unfulfilled potential.

Also, the international department is developing a humanitarian diplomacy/advocacy plan to increase our footstep on the debate in Denmark as well as putting specific areas on the agenda to the international community and donors to ensure DRC stays relevant.

Therefore DRC International Support team is looking for one intern for the spring of 2018

The humanitarian diplomacy/advocacy intern will support the final development and role out of the DRC international department main advocacy areas for 2018-19. The intern will also support the international department in staying on top of current events and ensure that DRC remains a go-to actor for the media on humanitarian issues.

Expected tasks for the humanitarian diplomacy/advocacy intern

  • Support the final development of DRC international department advocacy positions, on health and on preparedness
  • Support the role out of the subjects, including developing advocacy material for target audience and training material for DRC
  • Help devise and execution of the role out
  • Support, when needed, input to overall DRC positions
  • Support all DRC international staff in giving input to the “budskabsplatformen/fortællebanken”
  • Support DRC international department in preparing talking points for staff members on radio and tv
  • Help foresee potential issues that DRC international department has to have a position on.

NB: The position will also include adhoc administrative tasks. The specific tasks and assignments can be negotiated based on the experience and interest of the candidate.

Required qualifications

  • Student in global health, disaster management, CBS or other relevant disciplines
  • Knowledge of international development work and business partnerships
  • Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in an efficient manner
  • Some experience with facilitation and process management
  • Ability to work independently and have good communication skills
  • Fluency in English, fluency in Danish an advantage
  • Experienced in the use of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Strong writing skills in English
  • Preferably, experience from relevant student jobs or internships with larger business

You will be based at DRCs office in Copenhagen. Starting date of the assignment is in January (later date can be negotiated). It is expected that the duration of the internship is 6 months.  The job description is indicative. It is the personal responsibility to be an active and supportive member of one’s team, department and the Red Cross as a whole. In other words, one can be asked to take on further tasks and responsibilities not mentioned in the job description.

The internship is unpaid but DRC will provide a workplace. In addition, DRC will cover costs in relation to participation in meetings or travels outside Copenhagen if required.

For further information about the position please contact HD & protection advisor Louise Piel McKay

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