GPPAC Youth Peace and Security Internship



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Laan van Meerdervoort 70
The Hague


Starting date 09 April 2018

Duration 3 months (4 days a week)

Location GPPAC Foundation in The Hague, the Netherlands

Deadline 20 March 2018

Please note that the position is unpaid. We will provide EUR 150 per month to cover expenses.


The GPPAC Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that promotes conflict prevention and peacebuilding strategies and supports and connects people working for peace worldwide. It is the Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), a network of civil society organisations working in this field. See:

We facilitate connections between network members for learning and knowledge exchange, and we work to make sure that the voices of local civil society organisations are heard in national and international policy arenas.

GPPAC seeks to build a new international consensus on the way in which we approach violent conflict, calling for a fundamental change: a shift from reaction to prevention.

About the GPPAC Internship Programme

Interns are invaluable to GPPAC, as they support our programmes with a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication. In turn, we aim to provide our interns with a useful learning experience for professional development. In addition to on-the-job learning about the programme they intern with, interns will gain an overview of the workings of our organisation and network as a whole. We also provide a series of short workshops over the duration of the internship, on topics ranging from the theoretical (how to analyse a conflict) to the practical (how to develop a project budget).

Each intern, together with their supervisor, sets personal learning goals, which are monitored throughout the internship.

Youth Peace and Security Internship

The Knowledge, Practice and Advocacy team facilitates the knowledge exchange and development amongst GPPAC members on specified themes within the conflict prevention field. It enables a unique clearing house of civil society generated knowledge, through collecting, sorting and documenting experiences, lessons learned and best practices on conflict prevention. The programme products also feed into GPPAC advocacy and outreach strategies at different levels.

The project, “Cameras in hand: transformation and empowerment of Kyrgyzstani girls and boys”, focuses on empowering Kyrgyzstani youth from different ethnic, gender and social backgrounds in the regions of Osh, Jalal-Abad, Chui and Batken to have a voice in local, national and international policy levels and to act as agents of change within their communities to foster understanding about the ‘other’ and bring new insights to gender roles, norms and issues. The methodology of Participatory Videos will be used to achieve these results.

This internship has a focus on project activities under the supervision of the Project Coordinator Youth Empowerment in Kyrgyzstan.


The tasks of the this internship will include, amongst others:

  • Support in the transformation of the information in frames of the project (conflict analysis in schools, conflict training materials and reports, perceptions survey etc., mostly in Russian) into the inputs for working groups/policy recommendations;
  • Assist in some of the project administration tasks, such as support in updating the joint project management file(s) and timeline in cooperation with the implementing partner;
  • Support in transformation of the above mentioned information and the reports from the activities in Kyrgyzstan into inputs for the evaluation reports (internal and external) – in cooperation with the Coordinator Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning;
  • Support the Communication and Information Management (CIM) team in maintaining the project page on the Peace Portal;
  • Updates for the newsletters in cooperation with the CIM team;
  • Support in constant monitoring of the project-related activities in social networks (in Russian) and translating them into the inputs for GPPAC communication platforms: social networks/ project page on the Peace Portal etc;
  • Support the project coordinator in the establishment of the Youth Peace & Security working group.

General task(s)

  • General office support and support to fundraising beyond the assigned programme tasks, when requested (we will endeavour to keep daily organisational tasks to a minimum).


  • Relevant educational background (university level), preferably in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science or a related field.
  • Familiarity and understanding of the civil society sector.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, knowledge of other languages a strong advantage, particularly Russian is a strong advantage.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong organisational skills, ability to manage assigned tasks and work to deadlines;
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Proactive, able to work independently, problem-solve and show initiative.
  • Systematic, meticulous eye for detail.
  • High level of computer literacy, in particular use of Word, Excel and online tools.

How To Apply

Please send your CV, a cover letter explaining your motivation and how you fit the requirements, and a writing sample (can be an essay, article, etc.) to Kateryna Gryniuk,, with just Internship Youth Peace and Security in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 March 2018, 09:00 Netherlands time. We will only consider complete applications.

Interviews will take place in the week of 26 March 2018. We normally receive a considerable amount of applications for internships. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For progress in the recruitment process, please consult our website