PEACEWOMEN FELLOWSHIPS/INTERNSHIPS - 2016
Apply for a PeaceWomen Fellowship/Internship
Are you interested in peace, disarmament, and gender justice? Join our team!
The PeaceWomen Internship and Fellowship Programme, based in New York City, is an unpaid position offered to current graduate students, recent graduates or professionals with expertise and background in gender, human security, and international peace and security issues.
This programme targets young professionals and academics interested in the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in an effort to provide professional development skills and opportunities for engagement with civil society on the implementation of the WPS Agenda at the local, national, and international level. Categories currently being recruited are:
- Security Council Monitoring Fellow (August or September start date)
- National Action Plan Monitoring Fellow (August or September start date)
- Communications Fellow (January start date)
PeaceWomen is a programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the longest-serving women's peace organization, founded in 1915. PeaceWomen has three pillars of work: Accountability, Inclusive Participation and Conflict Prevention. Our work includes a wide range of tools and projects, from policy advocacy at the United Nations (i.e. Security Council; General Assembly) to capacity building and outreach on a local level, including with WILPF sections and partners; the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security, and others.
We work to advance the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda through our mission, team, partners, strategy, and outreach. PeaceWomen advocates for complete stigmatisation of militarisation; holistic implementation of the WPS Agenda and a feminist foreign policy; and accountability through monitoring and evaluation of international entities and systems.
Fellows will be responsible for at least one of the PeaceWomen projects, while also working together across the board as part of a the PeaceWomen team. Projects include:
Security Council Monitoring: The SCM Research Fellow is the project lead for PeaceWomen's Security Council Monitor project, which provides comprehensive and up to date information on all Security Council debates and other action addressing issues of Women Peace and Security. The fellow attends and monitors Security Council debates and related events, writes policy analysis, posts monitoring information on the website, and provides PeaceWomen staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with UN Member States. The fellow collects monitoring information about the Council including on upcoming missions and countries on the Council's agenda with particular focus on countries where there are peace support operations. They participate in PeaceWomen's Women Peace and Security lecture series and have access to related events and policy discussions through the UN and civil society community.
National Action Plan (NAP) Monitoring: This project includes maintaining and developing PeaceWomen's Member States section of PeaceWomen.org to provide consistent and comprehensive information about national and regional action plans (NAPs and RAPs) and on translating global commitments on Women Peace and Security to practice. The position involves working with PeaceWomen staff to provide information that allows timely and relevant advocacy by WILPF sections and national partners to strengthen action and impact.
UN Monitoring: This project includes monitoring key UN forums around implementation of SCR 1325 outside of the Security Council, including the the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and General Assembly (GA), as well as other UN outcomes and statements (e.g., Post2015 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)s, Peacebulding Commission, Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations). It includes maintaining and updating SCR 1325 related resources for all relevant policy documents from each entity with analysis of their implementation efforts on PeaceWomen.org. It also includes supporting broader WILPF development of programming and project work on environment, militarism, and gender issues.
General research and website support: All interns and Fellows will be also responsible for maintaining regional and thematic sections of the PeaceWomen website. Fellows will post resources, initiatives and events to their respective sections and share via social media daily, as well as responsible for maintaining the World Map section of the website. Each Fellow is provided with a regional assignment. The regions and countries are listed online.
Communications: Communications fellows edit our monthly news publication, format and help write and edit reports, oversee social media and social strategy, and assist in producing press releases and other communications materials.
Please note that we are unable to provide work visas for this position.
How to apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning in April 2016.
All applicants must submit AS ONE PDF document the following:
1. Resume: indicating education, relevant past activities and experience
2. Cover Letter (1 page, single spaced), including availability (start/end date and days/week).
3. Contact information for 3 references.
4. Writing Sample that highlights understanding and knowledge of issues relating to women, peace and security (no more than 5 pages and in English please).
Please submit your application to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a subject line of "PeaceWomen 2016 Fellowship Application" and attach all application materials as a single PDF. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until slots are filled; please be sure to indicate which category you wish to apply for.