Saturday, December 12, 2015


Title: Research Intern
Based at: INTRAC office, Oxford
Reporting to: Head of Research
Rate: Unpaid
Days: 3-5 days per week (part-time/full-time negotiable)
Period: 3-4 months (negotiable)
Start date: As soon as possible; latest by 4th January 2016
About the role
INTRAC is seeking a Research Intern to work alongside the Head of Research and the Research Team over 3-4 months between December 2015 and March 2016.
INTRAC has developed a multi-annual programme of work on civil society sustainability. The Research Team are looking for a motivated individual to provide assistance on specific tasks related to the advancement of this programme.
The placement will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to learn about the use of particular research methodologies such as systematic reviews, the production of practitioner-oriented reports and on-line content, as well as the development of research funding proposals. It will offer practical insights into the internal workings of a busy and dynamic organisation that supports civil society worldwide.
Tasks and responsibilities
The Research Intern will:
Assist with a systematic review of the literature on civil society sustainability. Tasks may include:
• Collating summaries of publications on civil society sustainability and helping turn them into synthesis reports, annotated bibliographies, and resource lists.
• Editing and formatting synthesis reports, annotated bibliographies, resource lists and other written outputs related to the systematic review.
• Inputting information on publications into chosen reference management software and ensuring that all entries are current and complete.
• Liaison with a small team of external researchers working on the project
Assist with an internal review of existing evidence and learning on civil society sustainability. Tasks may include:
• Finding and uploading internal materials relevant to civil society sustainability to chosen reference management software.
• Reviewing these materials and writing short summaries focused on learning and evidence.
• Assisting the Research Team with semi-structured interviews and production of related outputs such as interview notes and transcripts.
• Editing and formatting written outputs related to the internal review.
Assist with the development of research funding proposals. Tasks may include:
• Providing general support to the Head of Research and Research team related to the development of funding proposals on civil society sustainability.
About you
This role requires a wide range of skills and abilities. It would be ideal for a recent graduate or an individual studying for a postgraduate degree, interested in working within the international development sector or seeking to gain practical experience of working within a civil society organisation.
• Are a motivated, quick thinking and thorough individual with good attention to detail
• Can balance multiple demands and work independently on the basis of allocated tasks and priorities
• Have fluent written and spoken English
• Are able to analyse complex information and present it in a clear and concise way
• Are a confident writer, with experience of writing materials for different audiences
• Are able to find, access and extract information from sources relevant to civil society and development on the web and from academic sources
• Are a confident user of Microsoft Office software, including Word and Excel; and may be familiar with reference management software such as Mendeley, Zotero etc.
• Have a good Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject such as development studies, politics and international relations, sociology, anthropology, human geography or regional studies
• Have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working as part of a small team
• Have an interest in and commitment to the values of civil society
• Are comfortable working in a multi-cultural environment

Application deadline: we are seeking to recruit a suitable individual as soon as possible. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. We will seek to appoint before the 22nd of December for a start date of no later than 4th January 2016.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Please tell us why you would like to undertake an internship at INTRAC, and clearly state how your experience meets the criteria listed above.

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