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Portland, OR - Tech-Youth Civic Engagement Intern
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Job Description


DATES OF INTERNSHIP: January - April 2020


Work closely with:

Director YPP

Senior Advisor Technology for Development

Senior Governance Researcher R&L Team

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: $600/month stipend for a month

Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

* Workspace within the MC office in Portland, Oregon
* Access to Mercy Corps online tools
* All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project to be undertaken

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

* Travel to and from Mercy Corps HQ
* Maintaining their personal computer which will be used for the internship
* Accommodation, travel and living expenses
* All other costs associated with this internship


42% of all people in the world are younger than 25 years old. In the world's 48 least developed countries, children or adolescents make up the majority of the population, and almost half of all the young people in the world live in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa[1]. For organizations working in development, this means that working effectively both with and for young people must be an essential part of doing business.

Mercy Corps has committed to a global strategy of empowering young people to drive social change and economic development in their communities. To achieve this, by 2020, each Mercy Corps region will launch initiatives using digital technologies to promote youth employment, education, and civic engagement.

Keeping this focus in mind Mercy Corps commissioned a land scape study to understand the importance of digital technology to youth civic engagement last year. Building on this body of work Mercy Corps wants to develop a How-to-Guide on Assessing the Viability of Implementing a Digital Youth Civic Engagement program.


The intern will gain skills in materials review, landscape analysis on the importance of technology for youth civic engagement. He/She will further learn how to develop a practitioner's guide to help assess the viability of implementing a digital youth civic engagement program. The intern will engage with different field/program-based staff as they develop the practitioner's guide and learn how to inform the guide's development using a user-centered approach.


Building on the work done last summer as part of the PEA study titled "Using Digital Tools to Promote Youth Civic Engagement" the intern will develop a how-to-guide on assess the viability of implementing a digital youth civic engagement program.

The Intern will:

* Review the PEA study titled "Using Digital Tools to Promote Youth Civic Engagement" focusing on the guide outline in the report.
* He/she will further review materials from peer agencies/donors to (this will include reviewing evidence around "what works" in efforts to facilitate accountability, and to ensure an evidence-based approach)
* Based on the findings the team will expand on the guide outline from the previous report hence developing a draft guide on assessing the viability of implementing a digital youth civic engagement program.
* The intern will vet and further refine the guide in collaboration with the YPP, T4D and GAP TSU team, and select field/program-based staff.
* The intern will also help develop a dissemination strategy and plan for sharing this document internally within the agency.


* Bibliography of the background information gathered and list of sources used
* Document outlining the process and methodology used to develop the how to guide.
* A how-to-guide on assessing the viability of implementing a digital youth civic engagement program.


* University degree (preferred-international development, youth development, governance, civic engagement) in progress or recently completed (within 1 year)
* Excellent writing skills in English
* Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required
* Strong multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills are necessary.
* Commitment to working with vulnerable groups in need regardless of race, religion or gender
* Excellent communication skills are required
* Highly developed computer skills and strong familiarity with Microsoft Office are mandatory


This internship is based in Portland, Oregon.

Mercy Corps interns and team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Diversity is powerful. To achieve transformational change, we seek out team members with different origins, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of thinking. Diversity helps us unlock complexity.

[1] 1 Tariq Khokhar, How is the Worlds Youth Population Changing?, World Bank, 17/04/2017. Accessible at https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/chart-how-worlds-youth-population-changing.