The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation is an international human rights organization, dedicated to ending rape as a weapon of war globally. The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation supports survivors’ demands for a world where sexual violence as a weapon of war is no longer tolerated, and bears consequences for individual perpetrators and states. We work for a future where survivors receive the holistic care & compensation they need to rebuild their lives. We create opportunities for survivors to speak out and be heard, and where they can organise to create change, influence policies, and demand justice and accountability.
We are working towards a future where sexual violence in conflict is no longer seen as inevitable, but is recognised for what it is: a crime that should have consequences. We want the international community to draw a line against wartime sexual violence and to hold states and individuals accountable. Visit www.mukwegefoundation.org for more information about the cause.
To raise public awareness and greater support to end CRSV, the Mukwege Foundation seeks the assistance of a Communications Intern. The internship programme is designed to benefit students or fresh graduates with the following learning gains:
- Understanding of communicating sexual and gender-based violence to the public
- Understanding of a diverse, ethical, and inclusive representation in non-profit communications
- Skills to conduct desktop research and social listening
- Skills to develop content for digital campaigns
- Skills to organise knowledge assets
- Skills to organise events and conferences
- Interpersonal skills to collaborate in a multi-cultural working environment
- Other learning objectives (as agreed by both parties)
The objectives of this internship opportunity with the Mukwege Foundation are to:
- Support the Foundation in raising awareness about conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) as well as ways to prevent and end such atrocities;
- Support the communication team with content management, event logistics, monitoring, evaluation, and other related communication tasks.
Scope of work
Working closely with the Communications Specialist and the global team of the Mukwege Foundation, the intern will conduct the following assignments:
- Content development support (60%):
- Conduct desktop research on conflict-related sexual violence and related themes
- Co-manage the Foundation’s social media platforms, schedule and create content to grow and engage followers
- Conduct interviews and collect information for the quarterly newsletters
- Assist the development of campaign and fundraising toolkits, e.g.: e-flyers, web-banners, short animations, etc
- General support with communications-related tasks (40%):
- Assist with the development of a digital audio-visual library
- Support the logistical preparations for community events
- Monitoring and reporting news on conflict-related sexual violence
- Other relevant communication tasks as directed by the management.
Conditions of the internship
The internship will be conducted under the following terms and conditions:
- The candidate is registered as an active student or a fresh graduate of a recognised higher education institution;
- If the candidate is a student, a signature of an agreed learning assignment in relation to the applicant’s learning trajectory is required;
- A small monthly remuneration can be offered based on Dutch law, depending on the applicant’s status: student or fresh graduate;
- The candidate must be based in the Netherlands with occasional commute to the Foundation’s office in The Hague (minimum once a week);
- The candidate is legally permitted to stay and work in the Netherlands independently;
- The candidate agrees to treat and portray survivors with dignity and respect;
- The candidate shall adhere to the code of conduct of the Mukwege Foundation;
- The candidate shall sign and adhere to a non-disclosure agreement.
The duration of the internship is minimum 4 months and maximum 6 months on the basis of 32 hours of work/ week.
Competencies and qualifications
The Communications Assistance Intern is expected to have the following skills and experiences:
- High degree of personal integrity;
- Sincere interest in the topic of human rights, humanitarian efforts and the non-profit sector;
- Flexibility, independence, reliability and commitment to the goals of the Mukwege foundation;
- Proof of active enrolment at a higher education institution or an obtained Bachelor’s/ Master’s degree majoring in communications/ journalism/ media production/ or other related fields;
- Excellent skills in content development and production – to be validated with a digital portfolio;
- Strong writing skills in English (French, Spanish, and other language competency is an asset);
- Expert knowledge and enjoyment of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube);
- Experience in using Canva or Adobe Creative Cloud;
- WordPress, Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, and/or video editing skills are a plus.
What we offer
- You will work with a small team of colleagues from all around the world
- An internship position of 32 hours/ week for a period of minimum 4 months and maximum 6 months.
- Part-time internship may be considered upon request.
- First-hand experience in content and event management.
- Opportunities to make a real contribution to the ongoing activities supporting survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.
- A great learning opportunity to develop your career in the non-profit sector.
How to Apply
Please send your cover letter and CV in English, no later than April 12th 2023, to Brynn Campbell, Office Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org. You are encouraged to submit a sample of your online portfolio such as social media posts, blogs, YouTube channels, and or other pieces of work that demonstrate your suitability for the position.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. It will not be possible to obtain a work permit for this position. All candidates must be based in, and fully eligible for an internship in the Netherlands.