The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Emergency Preparedness Intern will be involved in a range of projects. Specific projects will cover a wide range of areas including but not limited to the following:
- Assist in coordination of Emergency Preparedness Planning (EPP) and Country Emergency Team (CET) workshops with country programs including:
- Prepare reports on country context/background information
- Preparation of presentations and materials for various workshops
- Arranging travel, visas, and other logistics
Research and Report Writing
- Regularly update Emergency Portal with emergency preparedness reports and resources
- Research and gather information about emergency response processes and protocols within other INGOs
- Assist in recording expenses from all preparedness activities
- Prepare spending reports on preparedness initiatives
- Coordinate communications regarding curriculum module development for CET’s
- Other duties as assigned.
At the end of the designated period, the intern will be able to:
- Write regional/country research reports regarding current and prospective emergencies and contexts.
- Understand theories of adult learning as they relate to capacity development within emergencies/INGOs
- Develop comprehensive and creative presentations for training and workshops in emergency preparedness.
- Understand new technologies and software related to internal and external organizational communication
- Understand issues around organizational capacity in emergencies
The Intern will work closely with the EPRU senior leadership, and report directly to the EPRU Sr. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. They will also work collaboratively with the EPRU Deployment Coordinator on staffing and other logistical issues . The Intern will also work closely with IRC’s country program managers and regional teams as necessary. Depending on the assignment, she/he may also work closely with other EPRU staff and other IRC departments including IT, Finance, Procurement and Human Resources.
- Currently enrolled student in internationally-focused academic program.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently and without close supervision
- HTML experience, intermediate coding experience preferred
- Demonstrated ability to work closely with range of stakeholders.
- Creative thinker, effective communicator and active problem solver.
- French language skills preferred