Summer Lifeline Intern
|Work Location:||Washington, DC - US|
|# of Openings:||1|
Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying and mitigating threats to freedom worldwide. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.
Freedom House seeks an intern to support the Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund. Lifeline provides emergency assistance and rapid response grants to frontline defenders and civil society organizations under threat for their human rights work. Freedom House manages the global fund through a consortium of 7 INGOs and with the support of a donor steering committee of 19 governments. Lifeline has supported over 2,400 CSOs in over 115 countries with support for temporary relocation, trial monitoring, medical expenses, and other types of emergency assistance, in addition to support for efforts to mobilize communities, conduct policy and legal analysis, and carry out advocacy campaigns targeting both domestic and international actors.
The intern will have the opportunity to provide administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for Lifeline’s work in providing grants to front line defenders and human rights CSOs – many of whom represent marginalized communities – in a worldwide effort to counter the rising trend of closing civic space with support to civil society leaders. They will be well-integrated into the team and work in a highly-dynamic, multicultural, (virtual) office environment.
Anticipated learning outcomes include understanding threats to civil society worldwide; understanding of how human rights advocacy is coordinated among international NGOs; understanding the particular risks and threats that marginalized CSOs and HRDs face; how to design programs in restrictive environments; how digital security techniques can be utilized in the human rights field; practical administrative, logistical, and programmatic skills to help implement a large-scale grant and sub-grant program; understanding of financial and budgetary oversight; and qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation techniques.
This position is typically based in Washington, DC, but can be virtual for summer 2021. The position reports to the Program Officer for the Lifeline Fund.
Duties and Responsibilities
This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Qualified and Interested Applicants
We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter.
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.
Successful candidates will be applying for this unpaid internship as part of an established colleague/graduate school internship program.
A fixed stipend for travel cost will be available (at $500 a month for a full-time intern and prorated for a part-time intern).
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