Internships with the Danish Red Cross in East Africa

Dansk Røde Kors

Udlandet (øvrige)

Do you want to support projects focusing on migration, emergency response and preparedness, community resilience, youth, health or disaster management? Do you have good reporting and communication skills, and are you ready to move to Ethiopia, Zimbabwe or Kenya and get an insight into the work of the Red Cross Movement? If yes, then you might be one of our new Danish Red Cross intern in Africa.

Danish Red Cross is right now looking for three interns for our offices in Africa; one for Danish Red Cross in Ethiopia; 50% at the country office and 50% at the regional office, one for the Country Office in Zimbabwe and one for the country office in Kenya.

The Red Cross is the largest humanitarian organization in the world and for 150 years we have helped alleviate people through crisis, wars and disasters. Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has a unique position and mandate to provide aid regardless of nationality, race or political views. We currently count 19 million volunteers in 190 countries. When disaster strikes we are there. Join us. Together we can make a world of difference.

The internships
1. Communication and Project Support Intern - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
A unique opportunity to learn and communicate about Danish Red Cross’ work in Africa The Danish Red Cross Regional Office for Africa is placed in Addis Ababa. From here we provide strategic and management guidance to our country offices throughout the continent; Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, Niger, Guinea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Our operations focus on emergency response, preparedness, resilience building, health, youth, psychosocial support and migration. The position will have a broad geographical focus and the intern will be expected to take on missions to other countries.

The position will furthermore support the DRC Ethiopia Country Office (50%), which is integrated with Ethiopian Red Cross Society HQ, where the main operations focus on migration and displacement, as well as emergency response and preparedness.

Your tasks
The intern will support the work at the Regional Office and the Danish Red Cross’ overall response in Africa.

This will include:

  • Prepare communication pieces about DRC’s work in Africa, including regular Facebook updates, quarterly one pagers and news articles etc.
  • Support with internal communication to DRC staff in the region and at HQ
  • Support in developing and maintaining and communicating about regional coordination mechanisms, e.g. holiday plans.
  • Assist in preparing quarterly regional portfolio overviews
  • Support organization of regional meetings
  • Support day to day activities at Regional Office
  • Assist with the file handling

For the Country Office, the intern will specifically support with:

  • Conducting field visits to project sites for monitoring project developments
  • Support delegates in providing timely and quality reports according to plan
  • Prepare and develop communication content for the Country Portfolio
  • Assist and support the DRC Country Office in day-to-day admin tasks

You will learn about the work of Danish Red Cross in Ethiopia and the African region as whole and receive ongoing supervision and support by the Head of Region and regional staff.

2. Project Support Intern – Harare, Zimbabwe
A great opportunity to learn about project implementation and the Red Cross’s work on Health and Disaster Management in Zimbabwe. The Danish Red Cross office at Zimbabwe Red Cross Society in Harare is currently looking for an intern to provide support to ongoing project implementation in Zimbabwe. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience within the humanitarian sector and get a broad insight into various technical fields of development work.

The intern will be supporting various Health and Disaster management aspects of the operations including Child Nutrition, Sexual Reproductive health, Non-communicable diseases, Gender Based Violence, Food security or Forecast based financing. The position will furthermore assist with reporting and development of articles as well as documenting good practices and success stories.

Your tasks

  • Support project implementation of ongoing projects
  • Support new initiatives and capacity building within health-related projects
  • Support annual reporting - Develop communication material such as articles and case stories
  • Support the day to day activities of the Danish Red Cross office in Zimbabwe

You will be supervised and supported by the Danish Red Cross Country Manager.

3. Programme Intern - Nairobi, Kenya
A unique opportunity to learn and support Danish Red Cross’ work in Kenya The Danish Red Cross Country Office for Kenya is located in Nairobi. We work closely with the Kenya Red Cross through a mutually benefiting long-term partnership focusing largely in community resilience building, Health (with a strong focus on Non-communicable diseases), innovation, youth, psychosocial support and operations emergency response support to the National Society. The intern will be supporting these ongoing programmes and get a unique insight into the humanitarian sector and long-term development work of Danish Red Cross in Kenya.

Your tasks
The intern will support the work at the Country Office and the Danish Red Cross’ overall response in Kenya.

This will include:

  • Support in setting up new projects
  • Support in follow up of specific programme management tasks
  • Support in drafting project agreements/addendums
  • Support in reporting/reviewing reports/follow up of reports due/filling reports
  • Support day to day activities at Country Office
  • Assist with the file handling
  • Participate in relevant meetings and workshops

You will learn about the work of Danish Red Cross in Kenya and receive ongoing supervision and support by the country manager and country staff.

We expect
We expect that you work independently, are action driven and provide an effective service delivery. You are well structured and resourceful, interested in humanitarian work and want to be part of the Red Cross. We also expect you to have an interest in working closely with local actors, and that you have the skills to engage in different project activities. We imagine that you through your study have knowledge of international humanitarian work and/or insight into partnership projects.

The professional and academic background needed for the position is:

  • Excellent report writing and communication skills to be disseminated in a professional, but not academic language.
  • Documented experience from working with organizational development involving volunteers as well as programme design and monitoring.
  • Cultural sensitivity and experience in participatory methods and planning of fieldwork.

It is required to have an internship agreement with the university in place prior to the start of the internship, thus, enrollment in a relevant master programme e.g. social science, political science, African studies, development studies or similar, is a requirement of this position.

As a person, you are result oriented with a cultural sensitivity. You have an ability to both listen and facilitate dialogues with a flexible approach, adapting your way of working depending on the culture and capacities. Fluency in both Danish and English is a must.

We offer
As an intern with the Danish Red Cross in the Africa region, you will get the chance to gain first-hand experience of what it is like to work for the world’s largest humanitarian organization. You will learn about Red Cross’ work in East Africa and receive ongoing supervision and support by the experienced Disaster Management professionals.

You will get to work alongside professionals who are experts in their field and gain valuable and relevant work experience within a dynamic workplace. At the same time, an internship with the Danish Red Cross in the Africa region will provide you with an opportunity to apply what you have learned during your academic programme in a challenging, yet inspiring setting.

The internships begin in February 2020 and ends in June/July 2020 and runs for about 6 months. The weekly hours are 37. The internship is unpaid, however accommodation, vaccinations and insurance are covered by the Danish Red Cross. Before arriving at the internship, a thorough training by the Danish Red Cross will be undertaken in Denmark and online.

Further information
If you wish to know more, please contact:

Ethiopia: Programme Delegate & Acting Country Coordinator, Hans Storgaard -

Zimbabwe: Grant and Portfolio Coordinator, Rikke Holm,

Kenya: Country Coordinator, Dorothy Mwari Nkonge-Ngumbau -

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