Intern - Africa Region

The role of the Intern for the Africa Region sits within the Freelance Assistance Programme of the Rory Peck Trust.

Part-time position: 2 days a week

Starting date: January 2018

Salary: Appropriate national living wage


The Role

The role of the Intern for the Africa Region sits within the Freelance Assistance Programme of the Rory Peck Trust.

The Freelance Assistance Programme forms the core of the Trust’s charitable work, through which it provides financial and practical assistance to freelancers and their families.

The key priority of the Intern for the Africa Region is to support the Programme officer for Africa in researching and verifying cases and distributing assistance grants to beneficiaries in the Africa region, in line with the Trust’s criteria, protocols and guidelines.  

The role involves close liaison with freelance journalists in the Africa region; media and human rights networks, and with the Trust’s national, regional and international partners.

The successful candidate will will be joining a small, multi-national team where individuality, creativity and effort are appreciated, and will work at the Trust’s office in central London.

The Intern for the Africa region reports to the Head of Programmes and is responsible to the Director of The Rory Peck Trust. All staff roles include a contribution to main RPT operations and other duties as necessary.

Person Specification

This position requires someone with commitment and energy. He/she should be reliable, a team player, capable of working on their own initiative within a small team, and with the ability to take responsibility.


  • Education to graduate level, preferably in development studies, international relations or social sciences and humanities

Please send covering letter and CV to Mary O’Shea, Head of Programmes,


  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Other relevant language(s), for example French, Swahili, Somali, Amharic, Portuguese, Oromo, Igbo, Hausa,   Yoruba.  
  • High level of literacy and numeracy
  • Research experience: ability to analyse and interpret complex information
  • Writing skills with a demonstrable track record of research and report  
  • Ability to communicate in a clear way with people at different levels, and at a distance
  • Computer and web literacy able to work in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and make effective use of social media as a work tool
  • A commitment to human rights and an interest in international news and current affairs
  • Firm understanding of and respect for requirements of confidentiality
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • A creative and positive approach to problem-solving
  • Background in journalism or experience of working in an NGO or other voluntary sector organization
  • Post-graduate qualification
  • Experience of providing support to victims of abuse or trauma
  • Experience of living and/or working in Africa

Please note: this post is only open to candidates who have the right to live and work in the UK.

Deadline for applications:    30th November 2017

Interviews to be held on:           4th December 2017
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