Re-Imagine Aid Program- Intern

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Organization: Adeso
Closing date: 10 May 2021

Position: Re-Imagine Aid Program- Intern

Reporting To: Advocacy Officer

Working With: NEAR’s Leadership Council (i.e. Board of Directors); NEAR Secretariat

Duty Station: Remote (although ideally around GMT time zone)

Duration: 6 months; with a possible extension

Starting Date: May 15, 2021 (ongoing recruitment, if needed)


NEAR (Network for Empowered Aid Response) is a movement of Global South civil society organizations with a bold ambition – to reshape the top-down humanitarian and development system to one that is locally driven and owned, and is built around equitable, dignified and accountable partnerships. NEAR’s vision is a world where local communities have the resources and agency to address the challenges that impact them. NEAR is currently hosted by Adeso, an African based international development and humanitarian organization. Adeso and NEAR both aspire to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: Influencing policy change and enacting systemic change through innovative solutions led by local and national actors.


NEAR is embarking, like other humanitarian and development actors, on a journey to reimagine aid. We know the system, as it exists today, does not ensure equity amongst all actors, or systematically identify responses based on the needs of an ever-growing affected community. With concerns around risk, inclusion, and approaches to response, NEAR has embarked on a two-year initiative, in partnership with the Zakat House, to organise some important conversations through five regional summits across the Global South. To support his effort, NEAR is currently looking for a Re-Imagine Aid Intern to support NEAR’s Advocacy team.


The Re-Imagine Aid Intern will be providing support to NEAR in implementing three main tasks including: a research piece, coordination, and implementation of 5 regional summits in 2021, and the planning of the final global summit in 2022.


Re-Imagine Aid Mapping

· Produce a scoping map of current regional and global processes around decolonization of aid, local humanitarian coordination mechanisms, and re-imagine aid.

· Provide an analysis to allow NEAR and Zakat House to avoid repetition and ensure that regional summits build on existing conversations.

Regional Summits

· Support Regional Representatives in coordinating with regional partners in the planning and execution of Regional Summits.

· Drafting of program documents including but not limited to – event invitation, briefs, event program/agenda, guidance notes for the speakers.

· Support by managing external queries from members, partners, and stakeholders.

· Provide internal coordination support by setting up meetings, taking minutes and providing necessary feedback.

· Support our Regional Representatives and Advocacy Officer to research possible regional partners for the Sub-Saharan Africa and Small Islands Summits.

· Contribute to any fundraising documents related to the Regional Summits.


· A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Development or Humanitarian Affairs

· Previous event planning experience (webinars, panel discussions preferred).

· Interest and basic knowledge of transformative systems approaches (basic understanding around the Re-Imagine Aid conversation, preferred).

· Lived and/or professional experience in the Global South.

· Experience with various online meeting platforms (ie: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.)

· Able to work effectively in a multicultural environment and with a remote team across multiple time zones.

· Proven ability to work in a team.

· Highly organized and self-motivated.

· Ability to work under high pressure situations, ability to adapt to changing environments & situations while continuing to manage and prioritize tasks.

· High standard of written and spoken English; French, Arabic or Spanish at a proficiency level would be desirable.


NEAR is offering either school credit or a small stipend for this position.

How to apply:

All applications should be sent to by 10th May 2021 with Re-Imagine Aid Program Intern on the subject line. The selection committee will review all applications as they arrive.

Each application package should include the following:

· Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information. The letter should be no longer than one page

· CV (including detailed work experience, education/degrees, and details of similar assignments)

· Two Professional References, with complete contact information

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Adeso is an equal opportunity employer.

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