Intern Championing Civic Space

Datum 08 dec. 2022
Vervaldatum 21 sep. 2023
Aantal uren 24-32
Plaats Den Haag
Betaald Ja
Organisatie Oxfam Novib


Oxfam Novib

Oxfam Novib is looking for

Championing Civic Space
Civic Space
(3-4 days a week)

Who we are?
Oxfam is a global organization of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can defeat poverty or any type of inequality or discrimination.
Oxfam Novib is part of an international confederation of 21 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.
At Oxfam we respect and celebrate each other’s differences. We know that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce enhances our success. We are conscious that having the freedom to be yourself is the basis of sustainable growth. To us, it doesn’t matter where you were born, what you believe in, how old you are, what you look like, or who you love. We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds actually increases our way of thinking for a better world of work. Join us, as there is a place for you here!

General Information
Application deadline: 15 December 2022
Location: The Hague and hybrid
Duration: 4-5 months, starting mid-January 2022
Hours: Minimum of 24 hours per week

This internship is within the Championing Civic Space (CCS) unit of Oxfam Novib, in collaboration with the Learning, Innovation and Knowledge (LINK) Unit. The main objective of the internship is to provide communications, research and knowledge management support to the CCS Unit while having the opportunity to learn about civic space work in the context of Oxfam Novib’s work abroad and in the Netherlands.
The CSS Unit is part of the EQUAL change goal in Oxfam Novib. It is responsible for work on civil society rights and civic space. This work encompasses creating safe (digital) spaces, supporting movements and activists to amplify the voices of citizens and particularly the most marginalized and excluded rightsholders to be active citizens and live a decent life.
This is a voice and rights-based goal, where we work with partners to actively scan, map, monitor, defend, reclaim, and expand civic space. We work with (young) activists, supporting them on movement building to ‘shake and move’ and experiment with more flexible ways of partnering. With partners we want to bring the voice of impacted people to the table, show the value of civic space and trust in civil society as a legitimate interlocutor between citizens and their governments. Together we aim to contribute holding government and the private/financial sector accountable for keeping civic space open. We support building new narratives and rightsholder-led change for civil rights and fair governance. We will accompany Oxfam country teams and local partners in navigating and using civic space strategically and effectively.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the CCS team in documenting and disseminating our civic space work with partners in different countries (what worked, what didn’t, what results, etc.);
  • Support the CCS team in working on its learning agenda;
  • Edit texts of Oxfam internal documents for sharing with a larger public;
  • Conduct desk research to further develop preparatory notes and positioning papers in support of meetings, for instance thematic meetings on specific civic space issues (such as working with the private sector, alliance building, etc.);
  • Assist with gathering and formatting relevant communications material for our website and other purposes;
  • Support in preparing meetings (offline and online);
  • Participate in internal, and where relevant external, meetings on civic space topics.
Your profile
  • Currently a Masters’ degree student in a relevant study field, such as governance, human rights, international relations, etc.
  • Experience with developing materials for a website and good command of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Power Point, Excel and Word).
  • Good communication and presentation skills in English, verbal and written. Other languages managed are an advantage, such as French, Spanish or Arabic.
  • Ideally, you also have experience producing communication materials such as leaflets, infographics, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • A good understanding of organizational and public communication processes.
  • Desk research and knowledge management skills are an asset.
  • Highly motivated, result-oriented and a flexible team player.
  • Willing to challenge and be challenged, learn and share your knowledge with others.
Our offer
An intern in Oxfam Novib is offered an internship contract for the duration of the internship and a monthly allowance based on €450,00 for 36 hours work week, pro-rata in case of less hours. If the intern does not have a student OV-card, a reimbursement of commuting costs will be offered. Oxfam Novib works on hybrid basis – partly from office, partly from home.
During the internship, the intern is supervised by the CCS Unit Manager and co-mentored on documentation/learning by LINK Unit’s Knowledge & Learning Specialist.
Additional details
  • If you have questions over this internship, please contact Nicolette Matthijsen (CCS Unit Manager) at
  • Please note that an intern at Oxfam Novib must be enrolled as a student at a Dutch or European educational institution.
  • Only applications submitted on Oxfam Novib website and before the deadline will be considered. If you are interested, please apply no later than 15 December 2022 by submitting your CV (2 pages maximum) and cover letter (1 page maximum) using the “Apply” button below. Applications submitted by e-mail will NOT be considered.
  • Oxfam Novib aims to attract diverse talents that not only fits the job but also Oxfam’s standard of values and feminist principles, who shares and demonstrates Oxfam’s commitment to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct.
  • We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and marginalized/discriminated people. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.