Internship with Kenya Programme

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Type of position: Internship

Application closing: 20 November, 2019

Region: Africa

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. Interpeace also works to assist the international community, particularly the United Nations, to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world. For more information about Interpeace, please visit

Scope of the internship:

Working as a member of the Kenya Programme, under the supervision of the unit’s Programme Officer, the intern will provide support support to the Kenya peacebuilding programme, and also bridge the information needs of the NCIC peace building teams in the field and office in Nairobi.


A skilled supervisor will guide and mentor the intern during the internship. This includes:

  • Discussing and setting the development objectives for the internship period with the intern
  • Providing the resources and support required to meet the requirements and development objectives of the internship
  • Providing mentorship and regular feedback on performance
  • Issuing an internship certificate


Specific duties:


Based in Nairobi, the intern’s emphasis will be on supporting the team on a programmatic, timely reporting and operational level. Specific responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:


  • Assist the Interpeace Kenya programme officer in the implementation of the Kenya peacebuilding programme including the NCIC-Interpeace programme, IGAD-Interpeace programme and any other new programme being undertaken.
  • Support Interpeace’s key functions regarding preparation of donor reports preparation by the implementing partners from the field.
  • Provide communication and logistical link support for the Kenya peacebuilding programme from the Interpeace Nairobi office for activities on going at the field level.
  • Support in the compilation and review of written products, including publications, research and donor reports as well as other communication outputs of the regional programme, in collaboration with the programme officer.
  • Drafting of weekly context notes based on the partner team inputs and open source information on context developments.
  • Operational support for events, workshops and field activities by Interpeace and its regional programme partner organizations.
  • Support the development of emerging thematic programme and process including through the provision of academic inputs and identification of relevant research resources relating to regional programme content.
  • Support in sharing Kenya peacebuilding programme content with stakeholders and funding partners, including the dissemination of partners’ reports and films
  • Ensures the NCIC-Interpeace joint peacebuilding process timelines of events in line with the programme design as agreed by both Interpeace and NCIC.
  • Ad-hoc organizational tasks within the office including helping to develop organizational systems, such as databases or other.
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned.

Skills that the intern will develop and knowledge that the intern will acquire:

  • An understanding of different stages of programme development (scoping, country analysis, stakeholder engagement, proposal development etc.)
  • An understanding of peacebuilding dynamics in several conflict and post-conflict contexts
  • Open source research skills to provide sound analysis of conflict dynamics
  • Drafting written communication (briefs, letters, e-mails, etc.)
  • Drafting documents for internal and external audiences
  • Planning and coordination of events



The duration of the internship is 3 months with possible extension by another 3 month.



A stipend is offered throughout the internship period.


  • Current pursuit of an undergraduate degree (Bachelor) in Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, or related field and able to dedicate six months to a full-time internship with the university’s/education institution’s agreement or
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree (Bachelor) in Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, or related field and pursuing a Master’s degree in the near future. Applicants will need to provide an attestation from the education institution where the candidate seeks to pursue the graduate degree attesting that this internship is aligned and will contribute to the educational purpose of the graduate degree or
  • Recent completion of a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, or related field.
  • A strong desire to learn about peacebuilding while making a worthwhile contribution of time and effort to Interpeace
  • Fluent written and spoken English; Knowldege of Kiswahili language is an added advantage
  • Good knowledge of common MS computer applications
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi-task
  • Excellent proven organization and communications skills


How to Apply:


Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to


Internship: Kenya Programme MUST BE included in the subject line of the application e-mail to be considered.


Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be notified.


For more information about Interpeace, its values and working principles, please visit the Interpeace website


The deadline for applications is 20th November