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Volunteer Intern, Sahel and West Africa Projects

  • within the region preferably, Senegal

Job description

The International Crisis Group’s West Africa and Sahel projects are looking for a volunteer intern to support their project directors and analysts in their daily activities. The intern will work at the Crisis Group office in Dakar, Senegal. Requiring a natural flair for politics and foreign affairs, it is an excellent opportunity for someone to learn about conflict analysis and advocacy work but also to gain valuable experience in a high-profile international NGO.

This voluntary internship would suit a candidate with an excellent level in both French and English and a recent undergraduate or graduate degree in international relations, political science or related fields. The ideal candidate is someone seeking to gain experience in a fast-paced, international NGO working to prevent and resolve deadly conflict in the region.

We are looking for a volunteer intern to start in  September and October 2024. The volunteer will support both the Sahel and West Africa projects, following developments in countries including but not limited to Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and the coastal Gulf of Guinea countries.

Responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring political and security-related developments across West Africa and the Sahel via online sources.
  • Writing daily press roundups on countries covered by the projects.
  • Assisting in drafting monthly situation reports on countries covered by the projects.
  • Assisting in various research assignments, including conflict data analysis.
  • Attending in person and virtual events of interest held by International Crisis Group and other organizations specializing in conflict analysis and taking a written note thereof.
  • Attending Crisis Group in person and virtual research meetings where possible and taking a written note thereof.
  • Other administrative tasks as may be required.

Job requirements

Qualifications include:

  • Good writing, research and organisational skills.

  • Good knowledge of international politics related to conflict prevention and demonstrable knowledge of African politics, preferably West Africa/Sahel.

  • Previous experience working in/on West Africa or the Sahel an asset.

  • Ability to summarize information in a concise and clear manner.

  • Good level in both verbal and written English and French required; knowledge of other languages (among others Arabic, Hausa, Bambara, Tamacheq, Fulfulde, Mooré, Portugese) an asset.

  • Knowledge of visualisation tools (QGIS, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Tableau) an asset.

If interested, please apply by 23 July 2024 and indicate your preferred start date.