Intern (Violent Extremism)

  • Anywhere
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 4 May 2021

Organizational Context and Scope:

The Transition and Recovery Division (TRD), part of the Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), is responsible for supporting member states and their populations to prevent and to progress towards solutions for recovery and resilience as it relates to displacement and other internal or transnational mobility dimensions of crises. As part of TRD, the peacebuilding unit works to both prevent and resolve conflict, addressing conflict dynamics as drivers of displacement, and supporting solutions for sustainable peace and reintegration. IOM’s peacebuilding programmes help individuals, communities and institutions to address the root causes of conflict, and manage conflict triggers and dynamics, reducing negative migration pressures and lay the groundwork for resolving displacement.

The role of the peacebuilding unit as part of TRD in Headquarters as it pertains to transition and recovery themes is to provide institutional guidance, standards and policies, overall guidance and support at the project level, assistance in learning and communications across contexts, ensure coherence in practice and policy, promote partnership and collaboration both internally and externally, and maintain IOM’s institutional knowledge.

The intern will provide support to IOM’s peacebuilding unit through supporting a new research and analysis initiative focused on violent extremism in Africa.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The specific duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Data collection: Compile research, news articles, briefings, resolutions, etc. related to violent extremism in Africa through internal and external sources. This could include but is not limited to establishing contact with relevant IOM field missions, research institutions, think-tanks, etc. Establish processes for future data to continue to be collected through news alerts, listserve memberships, or other means.
  • Repository creation/management: Organize collected data into a central online repository, with categories and links to be identified together with the Programme Advisor.
  • Data analysis: Provide weekly updates to the Programme Advisor summarizing data collected and identifying potential links to other data sources.
  • Editorial and publication assistance: Support with the drafting, editing, and/or reviewing of documents as needed, including with basic graphic design if possible. This could include but is not limited to the development of information tracking tools, public information tools, and briefing notes.
  • Administrative support: Provide support as needed with the creation/management of online databases, note-taking at relevant meetings, creation/management of email lists, disseminating/collecting information from missions, and other such tasks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


Completed a bachelor’s degree in political or social sciences, international relations, law or a related field.


  • Familiarity with conflict mitigation, violent extremism, peacebuilding, and post-conflict interventions;
  • Familiarity with concepts and issues related to violent extremism in Africa;
  • Advanced research, writing, outreach and communications skills;
  • Ability to collect, organize, and analyse data;
  • Experience managing a data repository is an advantage;
  • Computer/software literate (Microsoft Office, Publisher, Sharepoint, etc.);
  • Experience in graphic design an advantage;
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge in French and/or Spanish is an advantage.


Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV to, no later than 4 May 2021 by indicating “Candidate – Intern (Violent Extremism) ” in the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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