Job Title : Internship– Enhancing Women’s Political Leadership in the Commonwealth
Division: Political Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
Time frame: 6 months
Reports To: Head, Africa , Political Division
The Political Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat (the Division) is seeking to place a greater focus on the implementation of Commonwealth election observation reports to enhance the impact and value of its election work to member states. Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) reports consistently examine the participation of women in elections and where appropriate, make recommendations for improvement.
An opportunity has arisen for the Division to support the implementation of these gender recommendations through the design and implementation of a project that promotes women’s political participation. This would contribute to one of the Division’s desired outcomes which is to assist m
ember states conduct credible and inclusive elections. It would further contribute to the organisation’s goal of assisting member states to achieve gender parity across their governance structures within the context of SDGs 5.5.
This project will be implemented in three phases in Africa and the Caribbean regions, respectively, in this pilot stage.
Qualifications and experience
- Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 30 years of age and have the right to reside and work in the UK for the full duration of the Internship.
- The Secretariat will not assist in applying for visas or altering the visa status of applications but will provide, where necessary, documentary evidence required for students under UK Immigration rules.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a post-graduate degree or should have completed one within the last year, in political science, law, development studies, international relations, or other related field or relevant disciplines. Courses/thesis bearing directly on gender and politics will be an advantage.
- Demonstrable familiarity with a variety of research methods.
- Knowledge of elect oral frameworks and gender issues in developing country contexts: knowledge of same in Africa and the Caribbean will be an advantage.
- Knowledge of international normative frameworks on politics and inclusive democracy.
- Substantive and proven experience in developing high-level research and working with international project teams.
- High-level communication and facilitation skills, especially for engaging with stakeholders.
- Excellent analytical, research and writing skills
- Demonstrated understanding of the Commonwealth’s fundamental values and principles as outlined in the Commonwealth Charter.
- Respect for diversity and intercultural understanding.
- Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
- Promotes enabling environment for open communication.
- Sound political acumen.
- Ability to work independently and produce high quality outputs in a timely manner, while understanding and anticipating evolving needs.
How to apply
The applicant must submit:
- A curriculum vitae and a cover letter explaining why he/she is suitable to carry out the expected tasks.
- A brief outline of how he/she might implement this research project.
- Submit a sample of a research and policy document he/she has produced, preferably one that has a bearing on this project
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