Women, Peace and Security Policy & Research Fellowship for 2017-18
Applications are due by 11:59pm (Eastern) on Monday, 3 April 2017
Please note, we are unable to support work or student visas for this position, however, we welcome applicants who are in the United States under an existing student or research visa.
The Women, Peace and Security Policy & Research Fellowship
, based in New York City, in the office of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security
is an unpaid fellowship offered to current graduate students or professionals with expertise and background in gender, human rights, and international peace and security issues.
This fellowship is being offered beginning from June 2017 to May 2018. The goal of the fellowship is to engage students and young professionals in civil society efforts to advance the protection of women’s rights, and promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at the international level with a particular focus on the UN Security Council and UN Headquarters.
Fellows conduct research, write policy analysis, and contribute to policy advocacy initiatives on issues across the spectrum of peace and security. They interact with NGOWG members and have access to events and policy discussions on gender, peace and security issues within the NGO and UN community. Fellows receive a UN pass and are able to access events at UN Headquarters. Each fellow will work a minimum of three days in the NGOWG’s office.
Throughout their term, the staff and members of the NGOWG will engage fellows in ongoing policy research projects and offer a structured mentorship on mainstreaming policy developments in the women, peace and security field at the international level. The fellow’s work will be guided by the Program and Research Manager.
Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in an array of NGOWG projects and in the development of policy tools ranging from analytical briefs to focused policy recommendations. The environment is fast-paced with new projects and advocacy opportunities emerging without notice, so fellows should be able to work in a responsive, focused and high-performing manner.
The term of the fellowship is 9-12 months, beginning in either June or September 2017 and ending in May 2018. We are open to discussing different start dates / duration for highly qualified individuals. Should you have any questions regarding options for term length, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Currently be enrolled in a graduate program (MA, MS, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, feminist theory, gender studies, or a related field;
- Experience in feminist/gender analysis and specific expertise on issues related to gender and conflict is highly regarded; willingness to fill gaps in knowledge and/or experience through additional study is a positive;
- Experience and/or demonstrated interest in policy analysis and research on international security is also highly regarded;
- Background and/or demonstrated interest in the United Nations system, including experience gained as a result of academic study or experiential learning activities such as Model United Nations;
- Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English with high level of writing proficiency;
- Applicants must be able to commit to at least 3 full days per week for the duration of the fellowship (schedule can be negotiated and adapted as needed);
- Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and familiarity using Google Docs;
- Experience working with websites, including WordPress is a plus;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, exceptional attention to detail, and ability to work quickly and efficiently;
- Ability to speak additional languages, such as French, Spanish or Arabic an asset, but not required.