Philosophische Fakultät   Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

Datum Eingang: 26.07.2018
Firma: The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Ort: Stockholm, Sweden
Qualifications and required skills

- Analytical, drafting and problem solving skills.
- Ability to appreciate diversity and work as part of a team in such an environment.
- Ability to assess, manage and structure information.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office package (including Excel).

Language skills: Fluent written and oral English, French and Dutch required. Spanish, or Arabic language skills would be an asset.
Aufgabe: The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance – International IDEA – is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes. International IDEA acts as a catalyst for democracy building by providing knowledge resources, policy proposals and supporting democratic reforms in response to specific national requests. It works together with policy makers, governments, UN organizations and agencies and regional organizations engaged in the field of democracy building.

International IDEA develops shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise:

- electoral processes;
- constitution building;
- political parties, participation and representation.

It also addresses the important issues of gender, diversity, and conflict and security as they relate to democracy.

It utilizes comparative knowledge to:

advance global, regional and national debates on democracy;
facilitate and substantiate dialogue among global, regional, national and local actors to support democratic change;
partner with stakeholders working for democratic reform at the country level.

Internship Activities

The intern, under the guidance of the Secretary-General, shall perform the following tasks:

- Conducts background research on specific topics;
- Assists in writing speaking notes for the Secretary-General;
- Assists with minute taking, and writing mission reports, including for International IDEA’s website;
- Drafts, sends and archives some of the Secretary-General´s correspondence, including in Dutch and French language;
- Oversees and summarizes appearances in Dutch speaking media, responding to requests as advised; Contributes to the follow-up on contacts established by the Secretary-General;
- Assists with organizational tasks ahead of meetings, conferences and seminars as requested;
- Actively integrates the inclusion of a gender perspective in all activities.

Expected outcome/learning opportunities

The intern is expected to benefit from the position by gaining insights, experience and knowledge on:

- Working processes of an intergovernmental organization;
- Political sensitivities of working in the Secretary-General’s office.

The intern will also have the opportunity to develop his/her analytical and researching skills. The objective of the internship is to provide a learning opportunity for an interested and talented student within a relevant study area. The intern is expected to act as part of the team, learning from all team members in their different capacities.

Management and Organization

The intern will be guided by the Secretary-General and/or any other person designated by him/her. The intern will be provided with a work-station at International IDEA.

The internship period will be between 3-6 months with a preferred start date in August or September 2018. The intern will work office hours 9-17 if not otherwise agreed with the Mentor.
Vergütung: unpaid

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