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Intern Urbanization, Resilience and Security & Justice in Fragile Contexts



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Intern Urbanization, Resilience and Security & Justice in Fragile Contexts

Van14-09-2018 LocatieThe Hague Urenn.v.t. OpleidingHBO/WO

Cordaid is a leading international humanitarian and development NGO based in The Netherlands. Inspired by compassion, solidarity and subsidiarity, we see it as our mission to reduce fragility and the vulnerability of people in contexts like Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Myanmar and many others. We do so by providing programmes in a number of areas, including building resilience to disasters and climate change, and strengthening the provision of security and justice.

Urbanization is one of the most transformative phenomena in the world today, with especially profound implications in the fragile contexts where Cordaid works. Burundi, South Sudan and Afghanistan (all Cordaid focus countries) are among the fastest-urbanizers, with massive attendant pressures on infrastructure, provision of public goods, and social cohesion in cities. The largely informal character of urban growth in fragile states means that many urban citizens live in slums, where vulnerability to all manner of natural hazards is acute; and are excluded from the provision of public services like security and justice. As more and more people live in cities in fragile states, prospects for improving the lives of the poorest in these countries will depend on the promotion of resilient, equitable urbanization, with involvement of local governments.

Cordaid is looking for a

Intern Urbanization, Resilience and Security & Justice in Fragile Contexts

Over the past decades, Cordaid has gained extensive experience in urban contexts, in countries like Haiti, Kenya and the Philippines, initially through the Urban Matters programme from which the current urban resilience and multi-stakeholder approaches originate. Urban Resilience projects are currently ongoing in the cities of Cebu, Freetown, Jakarta, and Yangon; the prospects for growth of Security & Justice projects include a range of urban contexts, including Freetown and Yangon, among others. Over the past few years, while urban resilience programmes have  mainly taken place in contexts that are prone to natural disasters, there is little on-the ground experience in conflict-related urban contexts.

Cordaid’s Resilience and Security & Justice Units are determined not only to grapple effectively with the increasingly urban context of their work at country-level, but to identify new opportunities for policy influence and programme interventions resulting from urbanization, and do so in collaboration where possible. Cordaid may be better-equipped to respond to the urban challenge in fragile contexts by combining different capacities and experiences for joined-up policy and programming solutions. Therefore, the two units seek to learn from past experiences, map out urban opportunities where Cordaid may have comparative advantage, and explore potential integration and / or synergies between Resilience and Security & Justice tools and services in urban contexts.

What you do

The intern will report to and will be supported by supervisors from two units within Cordaid: Resilience and Security & Justice.

Expected tasks:

  1. Inventory Cordaid lessons learned from past interventions in fragile urban contexts, and current tools and services provided by Resilience and Security & Justice units relevant in fragile urban contexts;
  2. Assess the scope and significance of urban challenges, globally and in countries where Cordaid works, that can be addressed through Cordaid Resilience and S&J interventions, utilizing proven or promising tools and services, with the aim of identifying Cordaid comparative advantage vis-à-vis other actors, and in particular opportunities for collaboration between the units;
  3. Scan opportunities for resource mobilization (including potential opportunities to join consortia or sub-partner) and profile key relevant donor partners;
  4. Spotlight opportunities for potential new policy or programmatic partnerships, including with international and national civil society organizations in the urban domain;
  5. Produce practical recommendations for Resilience and / or S&J programme development in the urban domain, globally and in countries where Cordaid works, including a “menu” of possible policy and programme interventions, tools and services, and financing options, presented in a compelling final report.

Who you are

  • Bachelor or master student (HBO or WO) student in a relevant discipline (anthropology, development studies, economics, political science, urban planning, Disaster Risk Management, etc.);
  • Established interest in development practice & programming or challenges confronting fragile states, as demonstrated by course work or extra-curricular commitments;
  • Relevant work experience or previous internship in a relevant sector (development or humanitarian NGOs, urban planning) an asset;
  • Outstanding communication skills in English (verbal and written), fluency or facility in one or more Cordaid-relevant languages (especially Arabic, Dari, French, or Pashto) is an advantage;
  • Proven sharp analytical skills, able to absorb and summarize new information and translate into appealing and accessible knowledge products;
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial, and effective in a fast-paced cross-cultural work environment;
  • Affinity with (community managed) DRR, urban resilience, integrated risk management and / or security and justice.

What we offer

  • Internship compensation of €250.- or €350.- per month in case of a 36 hour workweek.
  • Unique opportunity to work at the heart of a dynamic, innovative international NGO, contributing to a vital new domain of policy and programming
  • Learn from experienced professionals in the development sector, and expand your career-relevant network
  • Location The Hague.
  • Duration: Starting asap for a minimum of 4 months, with a minimum of 3 days a week (can be adjusted to educational requirements)

More information

If you are interested in this position and you meet all requirements, please send in your application (cv and short motivation) before 7 October 2018 to Vera Kreuwels, Urban Resilience Expert (  and

Michael James Warren, Security & Justice Expert (

For more information about Cordaid, please visit our website:

Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

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