Internship with the Somalia Programme Unit


Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent, non-coercive ways by assisting national actors in their efforts to develop social and political cohesion. Interpeace also works to assist the international community, particularly the United Nations, to play a more effective role in supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world. For more information about Interpeace, please visit

Scope of the internship:

Working as a member of the Somali Programme, under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, the intern will provide support to Interpeace’s Somali Programme. S/he will gain insights into the process of programme management, budget development, report writing, concept note and proposal development and developing communication skills with internal and external stakeholders.

A skilled supervisor will guide and mentor the intern during the internship. This includes:

  • Discussing and setting the development objectives for the internship period with the intern
  • Providing the resources and support required to meet the requirements and development objectives of the internship
  • Providing mentorship and regular feedback on performance
  • Issuing an internship certificate

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting monthly updates of the Somali programme on the basis of the weekly reports received from the Somali partners and Interpeace’s field teams in Hargeisa, Garowe and Mogaidishu
  • Assist in compiling information and data for producing the annual and bi-annual donor reports and programme documents for 2020
  • Liaise with the Communication Team in preparing success stories and web stories that capture key programme outcomes
  • Assist the Somali programme in researching and compiling data needed when preparing concept notes and proposals
  • Provide support in drafting correspondences (letters and forwarding emails) for sending to internal and external stakeholders
  • Scheduling and maintaining the Somali programme meeting calendar as guided by the Country Coordinator
  • Providing additional support to the Interpeace Somali team as called upon

Skills that the intern will develop and knowledge that the intern will acquire:

  • An understanding of programme management
  • An understanding of peacebuilding dynamics in several conflict and post-conflict contexts
  • Open source research skills to provide sound analysis of conflict dynamics
  • Drafting written communication (briefs, letters, e-mails, etc.)
  • Drafting documents for internal and external audiences


The duration of the internship is six months


A stipend is offered throughout the internship period.

  • Current pursuit of an undergraduate degree (Bachelor) in Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, or related field and able to dedicate six months to a full-time internship with the university’s/education institution’s agreement or
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree (Bachelor) in Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, or related field and pursuing a Master’s degree in the near future. Applicants will need to provide an attestation from the education institution where the candidate seeks to pursue the graduate degree attesting that this internship is aligned and will contribute to the educational purpose of the graduate degree or
  • Recent completion of a Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, or related field
  • A strong desire to learn about peacebuilding while making a worthwhile contribution of time and effort to Interpeace

  • Fluent written and spoken English; good written and spoken Somali is an added advantage

  • Good knowledge of common MS computer applications

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Excellent proven organization and communications skills

Please note only Kenyan nationals and those with valid immigration status in the country will be considered.

How to apply

Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to [email protected]

Internship: Somali Programme ” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application e-mail to be considered.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be notified.

For more information about Interpeace, its values and working principles, please visit the Interpeace website

The deadline for applications is 15th May 2020.**

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