Cash Delivery Network (CCD) and Cash Assistance Communications Intern
New York City (United States of America)
The IRC’s Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) unit supports dynamic and innovative economic program implementation in emergency and recovery settings that align with the IRC’s standards for climate adaptation, nutrition, and gender sensitivity and inclusiveness. This holistic style of technical assistance helps obtain high-quality data and strengthen the ERD unit’s role as a leader in developing and promoting market-based responses to emergencies, women’s economic empowerment and climate and context-adapted resilience building.
IRC’s ERD cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programming is coordinated in line with the Collaborative Cash Delivery Network (CCD). The CCD provides a collaborative approach to humanitarian assistance, improving how humanitarian cash is delivered. Since 2016, CCD has made significant strides towards its goals. We are partnering with a variety of agencies in countries around the world as we work towards reducing competition and costs between NGOs and maximizing the impact they can have locally on beneficiaries of cash programming. CCD looks for ways to bring the most relevant experience and expertise together in a given context to generate value for in-country collaborations.
The CCD & Cash Assistance Communications Intern will divide time between the ERD TU’s Cash Team and the CCD. She/he will contribute to the design of high-quality communications products for internal and external audiences in support of the cash team and the CCD’s ambitious goals.
Key deliverables for the ERD TU include:
1. Work with Cash Technical Advisors (TA) to develop engaging training content on the basics of cash assistance, which will be delivered by Cash TAs remotely.
2. Develop reports, briefs, blogs, presentations, infographics, and other key communications/ marketing materials to promote ERD programming, research, and strategic thought leadership for external audiences, including in support of ERD’s Theory of Change revision process
Key deliverables for the CCD include:
3. Assess the current CCD Network website and identify areas for improvement; update the website regularly.
4. Solicit input for and develop the bimonthly CCD Network Newsletter.
5. Conduct interviews with members of the CCD or beneficiaries that can be used for external communications.
6. Develop reports, briefs, and key communication/market materials to promote CCD Network Collaborations, and advocacy messaging.
7. Help support the preparation of webinars and other online CCD related events.
The CCD & Cash Assistance Communications Intern will be embedded into a highly dynamic and innovative team which provides an opportunity to learn from existing technical expertise and build technical knowledge.The intern will work closely through frequent video conferences with team members of the ERD technical unit receiving support and guidance on deliverable design and job tasks, as well as with key staff from the CCD Network. The intern will be empowered to take ownership of prioritized communications products, with guidance from relevant IRC/CCD collaborators .
At the end of the designated period, the intern will:
• Be familiar with international economic recovery and development programming within the IRC and the work of a technical unit;
• Have deep knowledge of the CCD Network and how they’re aiming to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance in a new way of working globally;
• Have experience in developing and delivering dynamic remote training packages for adult learning;
• Possess a portfolio of comprehensive and creative communications pieces, including presentations, articles, and graphics;
• Have further refined strong communications skills, including the ability to distill key information, edit content for multiple audiences, and contextualize communication principles within humanitarian/development work.
The intern will work closely with the ERD senior management team and technical advisors, and report directly to the Cash Officer based in New York; with a partial reporting line to the communications lead for the CCD Network, who is based in London and employed by World Vision, one of the organizational leads for the CCD Network. This project will be based out of the IRC’s NY headquarters, but as the office is currently closed due to Covid-19 containment measures, the intern will be working remotely and may be based anywhere convenient to working partially on Eastern Standard Time working hours.
In order to ensure integration with the ERD technical unit, the intern will attend regular all-team meetings (including bi-weekly meetings and longer capacity-building training sessions), and will be encouraged to attend brownbags and other IRC events outside of the ERD TU that are of interest (note that all events are held virtually via Microsoft Teams or Zoom). In addition to meetings with relevant ERD/CCD staff, the intern will have regular check-ins by video call with the supervisor to help manage workload and troubleshoot any issues. Regular meetings will also be established with the CCD counterpoint to discuss CCD-related work, though the ERD supervisor will be available to help liaise with all groups and ensure streamlined management of workload.
The internship will ideally be 6 months in duration, with full time summer work (37.5 hours/week for 7 weeks or as schedule permits) followed by part-time Fall work in parallel to ongoing university studies (22.5 hrs/week for 12 weeks). Duration and set hours of internship can be flexible based on candidate’s other commitments.