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For individuals looking forward to working with DPI, see our careers and internships pages.

All employment opportunities will be posted on our website, and we offer various internships on a rolling basis throughout the year.

For private institutions and other organisations, please contact us for more information about how you can get involved with our work at: info@democraticprogress.org.

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Careers

Programme Assistant (Maternity Cover)

Reporting to: Deputy Director

Location: London, UK

Salary: £25,000 per annum

Contract type: Fixed term contract (maternity cover) 27 May 2019 to 21  February 2020

 

Job Description Overview
The Programme Assistant works closely with the founder and CEO of DPI, facilitating all areas of his day-to-day work. The Assistant acts as a proactive ‘trouble-shooter’ in providing administrative, logistical and research assistance to the CEO. Responsibilities broadly include diary management, minute-taking, travel arrangements, and technical support. The Assistant moreover communicates with external stakeholders on behalf of the CEO, and coordinates briefings and small-scale research carried out by the CEO. In carrying out these tasks, the Assistant maintains high levels of professionalism, discretion and full confidentiality. Impeccable written and oral English grammar required.

 

Assistance to CEO’s programme work

Tasks include but are not limited to:
Maintain the CEO’s diary and ensure the CEO’s Microsoft Outlook Calendar is up to date
Screen and prioritise incoming speaking, meeting and event requests for the CEO
Arrange meetings and calls for the CEO, both internally within the organisation and externally with advisors, institutions, funders and others, and maintain a record thereof
Brief the CEO in advance of internal and external meetings and prepare relevant documents
Draft briefing papers and speeches for the CEO where necessary
Manage the extensive travel schedule of the CEO, including managing visa applications, arranging accommodation and researching and booking flights and other forms of transport
Prepare budgets for the CEO’s trips and complete expense forms
Travel with CEO or with programme team where necessary
Manage the CEO’s task list and ensure timely completion of tasks
Take minutes at internal and external meetings and ensure implementation of agreed action points
Organise and maintain the filing system in the CEO’s office, including registering and archiving materials and photographs
Update databases and contact lists for the Office of the CEO, including data entry and tracking of fundraising efforts and organisational partners
Prepare and send out correspondence from the office of the CEO, including responding to and coordinating responses to inquiries by individuals and institutions, as applicable
Coordinate small scale research projects by the CEO’s interns and manage interns
Assist the CEO in drafting briefing notes
Provide the CEO with IT and technical assistance, including phones (iPhone) and computers (laptop and iPad)

Qualifications and Personal Specification
Essential
Have right to work in the UK
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Political Science, Law, English etc.)
Highly organised
Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks, excellent time-management, problem-prevention, and problem-solving skills;
Strong editing skills including spelling, grammar and fluency in English;
Knowledge of new technologies for communications
Excellent/proven research skills;
Capacity to work in a highly pressured environment while remaining calm;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail;
Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information;
Willingness to travel if necessary for short periods of time;
Interest in human rights, conflict resolution or democracy building

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to info@democraticprogress.org. Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will only contact shortlisted applicants.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Volunteering Opportunities

We offer a number of opportunities throughout the year to join our London-based team as volunteers.

Our volunteering programme is an exciting opportunity to get first-hand insights into the workings of an NGO addressing peace-building and conflict resolution, and to develop your skills and gain valuable work experience at the start of your professional career.

Our different volunteers work closely with our staff on one of the following teams:

Programmes Team, Legal Research Team, Operations Team, or the Finance & Fundraising Team.

We provide our volunteers with a small daily stipend for lunch, and continuously look for ways to offer valuable experiences such as professional networking opportunities and career development guidance. You might even get the opportunity to travel with our permanent staff.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and will contact successful applicants when openings arise. Please follow the links to find out more about each volunteering opportunity.

For any further information, please contact: info@democraticprogress.org – with subject line “Volunteer Intern”.

Legal Research Internship

Voluntary position, based at our office in Clerkenwell, London
Full-time or part-time (3-4 days per week for a minimum of three months)
Closing date and interviews: recruitment on rolling basis
Suitable for: Legal researchers or Lawyers qualified in any jurisdiction (there is no minimum PQE requirement) with expertise in international human rights and humanitarian law
Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in Turkish and/or French would be highly desirable

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to appoint several legal volunteers with an interest in our work relating to conflict resolution. We are offering a number of internships to outstanding candidates. Admission to our internship program is on a rolling-basis, lasting at least three months, and is unpaid. The successful candidates will be current or recent postgraduates or at post-doctoral level.

Volunteers recruited to DPI’s International Law Department will assist with all areas of its work, in particular, current projects relating to the implementation of ECtHR judgments in Turkey and legal analysis on matters related to international humanitarian law. Other work could include legal research, monitoring and analysis of human rights issues, documentation/organisation of legal materials, analysis of ECtHR judgments, preparing and drafting communications to United Nations bodies, contributing to casework, preparing papers for submission to the Human Dimension of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, editing reports, and providing general support to the legal team. In return, we will provide experience of and insight into the world of international human rights litigation and exposure to legal research at the forefront of conflict-resolution and peace-building.

The suitable candidate will be available ideally full time (Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 17.30) but other arrangements can be made. You will have the opportunity to assist with the general work of the legal department for a period of three to six months, with a particular focus on our legal case-work and on the implementation of ECtHR judgments in Turkey. Candidates are expected to have excellent verbal and written English skills, a strong visual eye, good attention to detail and strong organisational skills. Working well either alone or as part of a team, you will have experience of working with a diverse range of people.

Those interested should send a CV and Cover Letter stating your interests and experience. Submission of a 2 to 3 page writing sample on any area of interest to the applicant is highly recommended. The candidates will be selected on the basis of their experience and suitability for the role. Please also state your availability and how many days you are available per week (minimum requirement of 3 days).

Please send your application to Saniye Karakas: skarakas@democraticprogress.org 

 

Operations Volunteer

Next open position: as soon as possible Position Details
Voluntary position, based at our office in Bloomsbury, London
Full-time or part-time (ideally 3-5 days per week for 3-6 months)
Suitable for: Candidates interested in management and operations related work experience
Fluency in English is essential

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to appoint a volunteer intern to join our Operations Team. The internship would ideally be full-time and last for 3 to 6 months. The role is unpaid with a small daily stipend for lunch expenses.

The operations internship will involve working closely with the Operations Support Officer on various tasks that are essential to the effective running of a small but busy NGO. Through this experience, the volunteer intern would gain valuable insights and knowledge relating to management and operations in the non-profit sector.

The operations intern’s main duties will be to:
Implement decisions taken by management related to operational systems such as IT and Communications
Recommend and implement changes in office practice procedures or practices
Assist with HR management
Assist in developing and implementing in-house staff development/training
Assist with the publication of reports
Assist in developing and implementing tools for impact measurement of the organisation when required, assist programme team with small research tasks and logistics 

The position requires excellent written English skills and a strong ability to carry out administrative duties. We would also value a strong eye for detail, good organisational skills and well-developed IT skills. Working well either alone or as part of a team, you will ideally have experience of – or interest in – working with a diverse range of people. It is important that the successful candidate is self-motivated and able to work successfully independently and with minimal supervision.

The suitable candidate will ideally be available full time (Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 17.00) but other arrangements can be made. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their interest, experience and suitability for the role.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven interest in and knowledge of DPI’s areas of focus; namely conflict resolution and democratic advancement (including but not limited to the MENA region).

Please send an email with the subject line ‘Operations Intern’ along with your CV, a covering letter stating your interests, experience and availability, and a writing sample of no longer than 1,000 words to:

info@democraticprogress.org

Telephone: (0) 207 405 3835

Unfortunately, we can only offer internships to UK/EU citizens and those who have the right to the work in the UK. 

 

Programmes Volunteer

Next available volunteering role: August/September 2019
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to welcome volunteers to work within the Institute’s Programmes Team. Key areas of focus include conflict resolution and democratic transition processes in Turkey and Syria. Each volunteer Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with – and learn from – the Programme Manager and other team members in planning and implementing DPI project activities, which include roundtable meetings in the region and international comparative study visits, as well as conducting project related research in the Institute’s main areas of interest, which include governance and constitutional reform; DDR and SSR; gender and conflict; the role of the media in conflict resolution and democratic reform process; and transitional justice among others.

DPI seeks candidates with a strong interest in international relations, conflict resolution and democracy building. These volunteer internship placements begin on a rolling basis and typically last three to six months, are unpaid, and preferably full time. A daily stipend is provided for lunch expenses. The successful candidates are likely to be current or recent postgraduates or at post-doctoral level.

About the Democratic Progress Institute
DPI aims to create an atmosphere whereby different parties share knowledge, ideas, concerns and suggestions surrounding the development of a democratic solution in regions facing conflict. Our work focuses on a combination of research and practical approaches to broaden bases for wider public involvement by providing platforms for discussion in the form of roundtable meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.

DPI’s work incorporates research and discussions on range of strategic and relevant topics including constitutional reform; preparing for constitutional changes in conflicting and post conflict societies; freedom of expression and association; cultural and language rights, political participation and representation; women’s role in resolving conflict; access to justice; transitional justice and truth and reconciliation commissions.

DPI aims to create an atmosphere whereby the different parties to conflicts are able to meet with experts both on the ground and abroad, to draw on comparative studies, as well as analyse and compare various mechanisms used to achieve positive results in similar cases. The work supports the development of a pluralistic political arena capable of generating consensus and ownership over work on key issues surrounding a democratic solution at both the political and the local level. Our aims are as follows:

To contribute to broaden bases and providing new platforms for discussion on establishing a structured public dialogue on
peace and democracy building.
To provide opportunities, in which different parties are able to draw on comparative studies, analyse and compare various
mechanisms used to achieve positive results in similar cases.
To create an atmosphere whereby different parties share knowledge, ideas, concerns, suggestions and challenges facing the
development of a democratic solution in Turkey and the wider region.
To support, and to strengthen collaboration between academics, civil society and policy-makers.
To identify common priorities and develop innovative approaches to participate in and influence democracy-building.

Candidate Profile Project Skills:
The successful candidates may be invited to attend external conferences and DPI activities both in Turkey and elsewhere, and to write briefs and take detailed notes on behalf of the Institute, therefore touch-typing/transcribing experience is valued. Projects involve a high level of external communication with the diverse stakeholders engaged with DPI’s work, therefore excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Much of this role will involve administrative assistance to the Programme Manager, including drafting correspondence and filing documentation. Administrative and organisational skills are key, and an enthusiasm for carrying out practical tasks in addition to research or activity related work is necessary in this role. These may include budget preparation, completion of expense reports, logistical planning and assistance.

The successful candidate will be invited to carry out in-depth desk research on behalf of DPI, which will feed into the Institute’s activities. This may include detailed research projects relating to the Institute’s main areas of work, high level briefs, and shorter, ad-hoc research tasks. Excellent research, writing and proofreading skills are highly valued. Many research papers worked on by interns are published on the Institute’s website and used as a resource for programme activities and meetings.

DPI’s Programmes Team operates within a fast paced environment, often planning and implementing ambitious projects to tight deadlines and within high pressured contexts on the ground. It is important that the successful candidate is self-motivated and able to work successfully independently and with minimal supervision.

IT skills are essential (Word, Adobe, PowerPoint) and project management experience is welcome.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven interest in and knowledge of DPI’s areas of focus; namely conflict resolution and democratic advancement (including but not limited to the MENA region).

Please send an email with the subject line ‘Programmes Volunteer’ along with your CV, a covering letter stating your interests, experience and availability, and a writing sample of no longer than 1,000 words to:

info@democraticprogress.org

Telephone: (0) 207 405 3835

Unfortunately, we can only offer internships to UK/EU citizens and those who have the right to the work in the UK.