Paid Internship – Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:45

As set out in the Programme for Government, the Government is committed to developing Irish engagement in international conflict resolution as an important dimension of Irish foreign policy.  Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and support for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda are key aspects of our approach to conflict resolution.  
This internship is designed to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to gain practical experience in policy development and in the work of the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with a particular focus on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.  The internship will be for a maximum duration of 11 months, commencing on Monday 2 October 2017.
A first or second class honours undergraduate degree is required, preferably in International Relations, History, Politics or a related discipline
High level of oral and written communication skills are essential
A strong interest in conflict resolution, as demonstrated by previous work experience in this area, specialised studies or academic training
Good interpersonal, administrative and organisational skills
Flexibility and capability to work independently and as a member of a team  
A postgraduate degree with a focus on conflict resolution and/or peace and security studies
A knowledge of Women, Peace and Security issues
Familiarity with social media and communications strategies 
Job Specification:

The successful candidate will act as Women, Peace and Security focal point within the Conflict Resolution Unit.  This will involve work on a variety of tasks and projects, including:

providing Secretariat support to the Oversight Group on the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
implementing and further developing the unit’s WPS communication strategy
coordinating the Department’s reporting on implementation of WPS commitments
research and policy analysis
drafting of briefing papers and reports on selected thematic issues
attending and taking notes at meetings
contributing to the design and planning of conferences and events
responding to public queries and requests for information
performance of other related duties to support the ongoing work of the Unit as required, including the UN Coordination role of the Unit 
Application Details:

Completed application forms should be marked CRU Intern Application addressed to and received by 17:00 Dublin time on Friday 23rd June 2017.
The pay rate applicable is the first point of the Executive Officer salary scale. There is no entitlement to Civil Service status.
Selection will be on the basis of a competitive interview. If a large number of applications are received, candidates will be short listed for interview on the basis of their application.
Eligibility: citizens of non-European Economic Area (EEA) States are not eligible to compete.  The EEA consists of the member states of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.  A candidate who is in doubt in this regard should consult with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. 
Canvassing:  It should be noted that any attempt, direct or indirect, by or on behalf of a candidate to influence the selection process will automatically disqualify the candidate.
Candidates who have previously undertaken an internship or employment of six months or more in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or in an Irish Diplomatic Mission abroad are not eligible to compete.  Successful applicants will also be ineligible for any future intern positions which may arise in other areas of the Department, including the Junior Professional Internship programme.
Candidates must be available for interview the week commencing Monday 17 July 2017. Interviews may be conducted via videoconference from an Irish embassy or consulate overseas or via telephone if necessary.
Conflict Resolution Unit
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Iveagh House
80 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2, Ireland
+ 353 1 408 2812