US - Disability Inclusion Program Development Intern
Mercy Corps - Portland, OR

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INTERN WORKSITE LOCATION : Portland, Oregon, USA

DATES OF INTERNSHIP: November – February (flexible)

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: 3 – 4 months, 20 – 30 hours per week (flexible)

INTERNS WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: The Disability Inclusion Working Group

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: This is an unpaid internship

Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

Workspace and computer station within Mercy Corps Headquarters

All materials necessary for this internship

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:
Transport to and from the office

All other costs associated with this internship

PROJECT DESCRIPTION :
The Disability Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) is a cross-cutting initiative comprised of Mercy Corps team members based at both headquarters and field offices globally. The goal of the DIWG is to research and assess Mercy Corps’ current disability inclusion program scope and capacity, survey the current development landscape and ultimately provide teams with practical resources that can be used to strengthen Mercy Corps’ programs and serve the most vulnerable populations.

To that end, Mercy Corps is looking for an intern to support the DIWG by conducting agency-wide research into current programming capacity, researching best practices among our peer agencies, current and developing funding landscape and supporting the development of Mercy Corps’ Disability Inclusion Toolkit.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
The intern will learn

Common barriers and best practices for disability inclusion within the context of an international relief and development agency.

Toolkit for a complex organization that is designed for practical implementation.

DELIVERABLES :
Survey of Mercy Corps’ current disability inclusion programming portfolio and reasonable accommodation practices.

Research peer agency and best practices and produce specific recommendations for potential partners, capacity building strategies and programmatic opportunities.

Survey the current and changing disability inclusion funding landscape for missed and potential opportunities for Mercy Corps.

Work with the DIWG to draft a strategic plan and toolkit.

IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS :
MA/S in Public Health, Public Administration, Social Work or related field complete or in progress

Strong quantitative research and analysis skills, including SPSS or other data analysis programs

Ability to work both independently and on a team on long-term projects

Proven communication skills, both formal writing and regular correspondence

Experience working on disability programming and/or living and working internationally

This internship is based in Portland, Oregon. Our offices are ADA certified and accessible via mass transit.

Mercy Corps interns and volunteers represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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