Internship Vacancy: Project Support – full time

Title: Project Support Internship: SEMA global & National survivor networks

Location: The Hague

Period: Starting September 2022, full time, for a period of 6 months

About Us

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. See also

Internship overview

The scope of this 6-months internship opportunity with the Mukwege Foundation is to:

  1. Assist the team with the coordination of SEMA – the Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Wartime Sexual Violence, and support with project management tasks.
  2. Support the programme manager for national survivor networks with reporting, activity planning, and other various project management tasks linked to national networks of survivors in various countries.

I. Assist the team with the coordination of SEMA & support with project management tasks

In 2017, the Mukwege Foundation supported the creation of SEMA, the first global network of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, and we have been accompanying them ever since. SEMA currently represents survivors of conflict-related sexual violence from over 20 countries ranging from Africa and South America to the Middle East and Europe. Working together, these survivors draw global attention to the continued use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and call for the changes needed to end the violence and achieve justice. SEMA members influence policies and programmes by advocating for changes in how we address sexual violence in conflict. The SEMA network enables its members to share experiences and to learn directly from one another.


  • The Project Support Intern will be in direct and regular contact with SEMA members;
  • Organization of SEMA events and meetings (face-to-face and online), namely the (online) quarterly meetings of the working groups of the network;
  • Logistics associated with the travel of survivors (visa application and travel requirements for SEMA members);
  • Support with ongoing and new initiatives of the network, including the coaching program and the connectivity initiative;
  • Donor reporting and activity implementation;
  • Support the upcoming 16 Days of Activism 2022 campaign;
  • General support with communications-related tasks, including keeping the website and social media platforms up to date.

With mutual agreement, other discrete tasks of a similar nature may also be assigned.

II. Support the programme manager in the implementation of projects for national networks of survivors

The Mukwege Foundation supports local survivor networks with capacity building and resources, to develop their own solutions and actions, and amplify survivors’ voices at the national level. The Mukwege Foundation helps facilitate the establishment of survivor networks and supports existing ones in more than ten countries.

We enable survivors to document their testimonies through creative approaches, expressing experiences which are often beyond words. We strengthen survivors’ leadership and abilities to effectively advocate for victims’ rights, and to enable them to act as key partners for consultation, policy and programme development around conflict-related sexual violence. We connect local and regional survivor networks with SEMA for mutual support, inspiration, learning and growth.

Tasks: Assist the programme manager with:

  • Donors reporting (narrative and financial);
  • Fundraising for national networks (grant-writing);
  • Managing relationships with the Mukwege Foundation’s local implementing partners (drafting contracts, reviewing reports, etc.);
  • Conducting desk research to understand country contexts and assess opportunities;
  • Logistics for activity implementation.

Profile of the candidate

  • Master’s degree in international development, international relations, or relevant subject;
  • Strong organisational and communication skills;
  • Knowledge and experience using online conferencing platforms, including Zoom and KUDO is a plus;
  • Expert knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter);
  • Perfect command of English, both oral and written;
  • Good understanding of written and spoken French and/or Spanish and/or Dutch is a plus;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Past experience in project management (monitoring, budgeting, reporting to donors) is a plus;
  • Past experience in working with survivors of Gender-Based Violence or other war crimes is a plus;
  • Attentive to details, highly organised, and autonomous;
  • Ability to prioritise and work under pressure;
  • Hands-on attitude, proactive mindset;
  • Commitment to women’s rights.

What we offer

Contract type: Internship agreement, full-time, 40 hours/week

Work location: Must be based in The Netherlands (partly remote, partly at the office in The Hague)

Duration: 6 months full-time, starting in September 2022

A small stipend of 20 Euros per day will be provided.

You will work with a small team of colleagues from all around the world. While getting first-hand experience in coordinating international projects and events, you have the opportunity to make a real contribution to the ongoing activities supporting national and global survivor networks. 

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and CV in English, no later than September 15 to Brynn Campbell, Office Manager, using the subject line “Project Support Intern” at:

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 to work in, The Netherlands. This means that non-EU nationals must already have permission to stay and work in The Netherlands.

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