GROW Intern - PSD
Oxfam America - Washington, DC

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Oxfam America (OA) established the Private Sector Department (PSD)in order to channel the creativity, resources, and influence of the private sector to pro-poor ends. As a rare global development organization with private sector capacity, OA is a leader in corporate campaigning, innovative collaborations, and pro-poor private sector development. This position will focus on the private sector aspects of the GROW Campaign.

We are currently offering an unpaid position as a volunteer for a period of 3 months. We offer competitive candidates a unique opportunity to be integrally involved in the inner workings of an international non-profit organization, becoming an integral member of the PSD’s team. This volunteer will have the opportunity to:

Work collaboratively in a fast paced, professional environment;

Experience working for a international non-profit organization;

Become an integral member of the PSD team;

Contribute to one or more domestic and/or international projects;

Gain understanding of international development, human rights and corporate responsibility;

Develop administrative and project co-ordination skills;

Increase his/her familiarity with standard software applications used in office and research environments;

Develop skills in research & writing for a range of purposes and different audiences.

The volunteer will work closely with PSD staff to help meet project and department goals. Volunteer assignments will vary, but the core duties are:

Research & Analysis Support

Research on key private sector actors (e.g. agricultural traders, food/beverage companies) in the global food system, including on their policies and practices related to farmland acquisition, food aid, etc.

Provide research support to public policy advocacy efforts on food security (e.g. food aid reform) and climate change adaptation.

Support in development of emerging private-sector partnership/coalition on climate change adaptation

Track down information and sources of evidence

Research current development trends to support department presentations and publications

Research for and development of position papers and other critical mediums for both internal and external audience.

Collate and coordinate comments on research reports and other documents

Project Management Support

Support team members on the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of PSD’s work, as directed

Work as a team with members of staff and other interns on project deliverables

Track and monitor work in progress

Assist with the event planning and conduct of various PSD-sponsored events and programs


Excellent research, writing, communications and analytical skills

Proficiency in computers, including use of Microsoft Office Suite and Internet

Excellent interpersonal skills & ability to work well in a team

Comfort operating in a multi-cultural, international environment

Independent work style requiring minimal supervision

Ability to use discretion, confidentiality, and good judgment

Detail-oriented and organized

Insatiable curiosity about field of international development, corporate responsibility and human rights.

Terms and Conditions
This position is unpaid. You will be expected to attend the office as agreed upon with your supervisor and to apply the same standards of work and professional attitudes as we would expect from a regular OA employee.

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