Overseas Aid Internship Opportunity
Jersey Overseas Aid and HelpAge International are delighted to announce a unique opportunity for Jersey residents: a one-year paid internship.
Whilst a career in international development can be incredibly rewarding, getting your first job can be hard. This exciting new internship programme – being launched today by Jersey Overseas Aid in partnership with Helpage International – will give someone from Jersey the chance to spend twelve months learning the ropes with the professionals, including six months on assignment in a developing country.
The main goal is to equip the successful candidate with the skills and experience necessary to enable them to take frontline roles with international relief and development organisations.
The intern will start work in February 2018 by spending a month in JOA’s office in St Helier, before transferring to HelpAge International’s HQ in London, where they will have an opportunity to work in a number of departments across the organisation. Full support will be provided throughout the year and a mentor will be appointed by Helpage, who will guide the process, and oversee learning and development. By May they will be ready for their first field posting, in one of HelpAge’s amazing projects in Asia, Africa or the Middle East.
HelpAge’s country programmes are incredibly diverse, from running unconditional cash transfers in humanitarian emergencies to working with governments to strengthen health systems and care for the elderly. This opportunity will give somebody valuable first-hand experience which can be used to progress their career in international development.
No age limit applies, and career-changers are welcome, but JOA are looking to recruit someone who is serious about embarking on a fulfilling but demanding new path, including being prepared to spend significant time in challenging places.
JOA plans to run this internship every year, with HelpAge and other selected charities (Practical Action is lined up for 2019). Over time, the goal is to build up a cadre of Jersey-connected development professionals working for different agencies around the world.
Carolyn Labey, Chair of JOA, said “As well as being a life-changing launch pad for several fortunate individuals, this will help translate the huge support for charity and philanthropy on our Island into concrete assistance for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”
Jenny Moncada, Head of HR at HelpAge International, said “We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity as we recognise the industry can be a hard one to break into, we are looking forward to working alongside JOA to grow opportunities for access to employment for those people who are really committed to working in the international development sector.”
The deadline for applications is 13th October.
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