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Gender & Open Government Intern

Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too.  

Internship Opportunity:
R4D is seeking an intern to join the Accountability and Citizen Engagement team, supporting the Feminist Open Government Initiative. This individual will work directly on advancing gender equality and inclusion across a project with the Open Government Partnership. The Feminist Open Government Initiative uses research and action to encourage governments and civil society to champion initiatives leading to gender advancements in transparency, accountability, and participation.  Open government is an underexplored tool to accelerate gender equality and close critical gaps in information, access, and participation.

And when women are absent from open government, so is the knowledge and skills that limit the potential of ambitious reforms that will impact daily lives. Yet, women’s participation and gender perspectives in OGP is uneven around the world. Only 54 OGP commitments include a gender focus – representing less than 2% of the 3,000 commitments made by national and local governments.
The Feminist Open Government Initiative combines research and action to advance gender equality by:
  • Deepening evidence around a gender-centric approach to open government and its impact on public service delivery, addressing corruption, and opening up civic space through two distinct research call.
  • Encouraging governments to design and implement improved gender-aware OGP commitments by developing model commitments, collecting best practices, and offering direct technical support; and
  • Establishing an international coalition of partners to drive and maintain this focus on gender and inclusion for years to come.
This internship is based in Washington, D.C., and will report directly to the Allison Merchant.

Responsibilities will encompass a range of tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Research and writing, including collecting best practices and creating fact sheets on gender across key policy areas
  • Partnership identification and responding to requests for support to growing coalition
  • Documenting key outcomes and next steps of the OGP Global Summit in May

Educational Objectives:  What you will learn during this internship?
R4D’s internship program is designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and training about our programs and projects in developing countries as well as supporting areas of R4D.  In this internship, you will learn the following:
  • Project management
  • Policy communications and research skills
  • Gender mainstreaming tools and techniques
  • Partnership development

Compensation and Length of Internship:
  • This is a paid internship and R4D interns receive $13.25/hourly.
  • This Internship will be for a period of 3 months, which can be extended up to six (6) months.

Eligibility & Requirements:
  • Candidates should be college/university undergraduate students with less than 2 years of work experience; or graduate students with less than 2 years of work experience.
  • Interns are expected to work between 20 and 40 hours a week during the 3-month internship period.

  • Strong writing and research background
  • Interest in women’s studies, gender studies, political science, or related field
  • Highly organized, thrives in a rapid environment

Academic Credit:
  • Awarding academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of your college or university. We are happy to assist you with providing appropriate information at your school’s request. Interns are responsible for making all arrangements for earning credit prior to the commencement of their internship.

Application Procedures:
  • To apply, please submit an application and upload your cover letter along with a writing sample. No telephone or email inquiries please.