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Act for Peace employs people from all backgrounds who are dedicated to assisting communities affected by poverty and conflict. If you’re passionate about tackling injustice and helping communities torn apart by war and poverty, we’d love to hear from you. Have a look at our latest jobs and internship vacancies below.
Please note, our head office is located in Sydney, though we do have some staff located in offices around Australia. We are committed to the protection of children and we do not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.
View Act for Peace's Child Protection Policy here and all other policies visit the Act for Peace Policies area.
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Project Assistant / Intern - Ecumenical Accompaniment Program for Palestine and Israel (voluntary)
- Three days per week (0.8FTE)
- Duration of internship: Beginning of October to Mid-December (closed for Christmas break) and Mid-January to Mid-February.
- Start date: The week of Monday 1st October 2018
- Closed for Christmas break for three weeks: Monday 17 December to Friday 6th January
- Proposed finish date: Friday 15th February 2019
This internship relates to a project called the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). This program was created by and ultimately managed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) with Jerusalem and Geneva based staff. The program works through National Coordination bodies in 25 countries around the world. This programmatic infrastructure exists to support teams of international volunteers, ‘Ecumenical Accompaniers’ (EAs) who undertake three month deployments in the occupied West Bank, and then return to their home countries to undertake awareness raising and advocacy targeting policy change.
In Australia, the National Coordination is auspiced by Act for Peace, the aid and development arm of the National Council of Churches in Australia. It is Act for Peace’s role to recruit, train and deploy Ecumenical Accompaniers from Australia. Act for Peace’s coordination of this program is supported by a volunteer Committee comprised of former EAs and other people experienced in the context and the program. The Project Assistant internship would support Act for Peace’s coordination of the Australian component of the program (note, the Project Assistant would not themselves be an EA and would not travel to Palestine as part of this internship).
EAPPI Australia is piloting a new model of program implementation which anticipates a significant increase in the number of Ecumenical Accompaniment deployed by EAPPI Australia from 1-3 EAs per year to 20 EAs per year; greatly expanded support to individual fundraising of EAs in order for the EAs to generate enough funds to fully pay for their own deployment; and support to the EAs upon their return to Australia to undertake more strategic and targeted advocacy as part of EAPPI’s global efforts.
- Supporting Advocacy:
- Develop an EAPPI Australia Advocacy Strategy (working closely with the EAPPI Australia National Coordinator) which:
- Is based on the WCC-EAPPI Advocacy Strategy
- Uses the policy changes highlighted in the WCC-EAPPI baseline survey
- Identifies key talking points and ‘asks’ that returned Ecumenical Accompaniers can use in their advocacy
A template and first draft of the EAPPI Australia Advocacy Strategy document will be provided by the EAPPI Australia National Coordinator.
- Based on the EAPPI Australia Advocacy Strategy, and the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Networks set of resources for ecumenical and church-based audiences, work with the EAPPI Australia National Coordinator to develop:
- A short ‘how to’ guide on undertaking advocacy
- A toolbox of advocacy and awareness raising resources that returned EAs can use including factsheets (based on data and information from reliable sources, particularly organisations with the same values as EAPPI of principled impartiality), powerpoint presentations, videos / clips etc.
- Compile above resources in a dropbox folder or Wiki, which the Project Assistant (intern) will be responsible for helping to set-up.
- Support the organisation and logistics for the Christmas advocacy event being organised by Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Network in conjunction with EAPPI Australia
- Supporting recruitment of new EAs:
- Undertake logistics and organisation for the training
- Mapping of opportunities to link or partner with university programs or other organisations who may subsidise placements of qualified university students or other demographics as EAs
- Mapping of possible foundations or philanthropists who might be open to receiving a fundraising proposal
- Support establishment of linkages and relationships with organisations including universities that could identify and send high-quality Ecumenical Accompaniers
- Developing and submitting fundraising proposals
- Supporting normal program management activities:
- Work with the EAPPI Australia National Coordinator to:
- Strengthen the EAPPI Australia debrief process
- Prepare EAs for deployment
- Undertake other duties as requested by the EAPPI Australia National Coordinator.
Our selected candidate will have:
- Right to work in Australia.
- Have a friendly, positive and respectful approach to work
- The following qualifications and experience:
- Proficient in Word, Excel and other commonly-used office software
- Excellent written communication skills, and good or very good verbal communication. Fluent English
- Experience undertaking research (for university or in an office environment)
- Demonstrated time management and organisational skills for yourself and working in a team
- Excellent stakeholder engagement skills
- Attention to detail
- Problem solving skills and a can-do attitude
- Self-manager and self-starter
- Commitment to social justice and the values of Act for Peace.
- The following Competencies:
- Planning and organising: ability to meet tight deadlines; handle concurrent projects/activities and balance, prioritise and adjust changing workloads.
- Values: Understanding of, and commitment to, humanitarian principles and standards and AfP rights-based and community-focused approach to protection.
- Problem-solving: Strategic thinker with a big-picture understanding, entrepreneurial attitude. Ability to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to a range of issues/problems with strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills. Tenacious and adaptable.
- Communication: excellent spoken and written English communication skills; the ability to relate to respectfully and effectively with partners from different cultures; capacity to prepare program proposals and reports; capacity to contribute to advocacy, public policy and campaign materials.
- Teamwork: generous team spirit; excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain effective national and international partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-faith environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, and; capacity to work with remote stakeholders.
- Attention to detail. Strong attention to detail and commitment to accuracy and compliance.
- Commitment to:
- The values and purpose of AfP and the NCCA as a whole, including sympathy with the values of the Christian faith, and commitment to equal opportunity, diversity and equity
- ACFID Code of Conduct
- Act for Peace Code of Conduct, Child Safeguarding Policy and related Code of Conduct, and agree to undertake National Police Check and Working with Children checks prior to employment because AfP prioritises the safeguarding of children in all of our work.
This volunteer internship is unpaid. However, a $20 / day stipend is provided to cover the cost of public transport to and from the Sydney office and lunch. This allowance is paid for every full work day (7 hours from 9am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break); relevant incidental work-related expense will be reimbursed as long as it is approved by the EAPPI Australia National Coordinator prior to incurring the expense.
How to apply
Please email your CV and a 1-2 page cover letter with response to the selection criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: EAPPI Project Assistant / Intern application, by 9pm Sunday 16th September 2018.
Interviews would likely occur on Friday 21 September.
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