Both ENDS


Interns and/or Volunteers


Both ENDS strives for a sustainable, social and fair world by working with organisations in poor countries that are active in the field of poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. Both ENDS facilitates policy discussions between policy-makers and civil society organisations from regions and countries in the South that face the consequences of these policies. This results in critical viewpoints on prevailing forms of environmental management and poverty reduction, and leads to sustainable and innovative practices and policies. Our relationship with our partners is based on equality and is characterised by the exchange of information, fundraising, joint research and advocacy, and mutual capacity building.

 

Both ENDS is a professional, internationally operating organisation with a staff of 40, financed by non-governmental and governmental organisations. To support our work on a variety of topics, Both ENDS is looking for several:

 

Interns and/or Volunteers

We have various assignments, for which we are looking for different volunteers.

 

Assignment 1: Impact of projects funded by development banks and export credit agencies
What are you going to do for this assignment?
You will investigate the impact of projects, funded by development banks and export credit agencies (ECAs), on local communities and the environment in the South. This work consists of gathering information about the projects (what does the project involve, which local communities are involved, which companies and investors are involved, what are the social and environmental risks, which international standards are applicable to this project, what is the national context which influences the project, etc.) and writing the findings in a report.


For this assignment we are looking for an intern / volunteer who:

  • Is good at conducting research and making connections;
  • Can write clearly and convincingly;
  • Speaks English and preferably also French, Spanish or Portuguese;
  • Can spend at least 10 to 12 hours per week on this assignment.

 

Assignment 2: Research FMO
What are you going to do for this assignment?
The Dutch development bank FMO lends money to banks in developing countries. These banks use this money for projects or investments where sometimes little or no responsibility is taken for the consequences. You will:

  • Explore this financial intermediary lending by FMO. Your research will focus on making an overview of the projects / countries / sectors where the money that FMO lends to these banks is not spent responsibility
  • Conduct further research into one or more of the identified projects;
  • Compare / benchmark the different standards that international financial institutions (IFIs) may or may not follow: UNGPs, IFC PS, OECD Guidelines etc. This comparison must focus on relevant themes for the work of Both ENDS. For example, what is the best standard on land governance, gender, human rights defenders? Where exactly can the information be found and what is missing?


For this assignment we are looking for an intern / volunteer who:

  • Has an understanding of financial flows;
  • Excels in doing research and making connections;
  • Is able to report clearly and in a structured manner;
  • Has affinity with international human rights frameworks, natural resources and environmental issues;
  • Can spend at least 8 hours per week on this assignment.

 

Assignment 3*: Organizing a seminar on ISDS
What are you going to do for this assignment?
ISDS (Investor to State Dispute Settlement) is part of investment treaties between countries. When foreign investors believe that their rights (as written in an investment treaty) are damaged, ISDS provides them the opportunity to demand compensation from an international arbitration tribunal.


For this assignment, you will be contributing to a seminar with debate on ISDS, both in terms on content and logistical organization. In addition, you will report on content (through social media) during and after the event. Further activities include: inviting relevant guests, sending invitations, ensuring exposure through various (social) media, logistics, finding and informing facilitators, etc.


For this assignment we are looking for an intern / volunteer who:

  • Is good at organizing and planning;
  • Has a hands-on mentality;
  • Can write excellent reports;
  • Can spend at least 10 hours per week on this assignment in the coming months until the end of July;

* See also assignment 4 for a possible combination (preferred).

 

Assignment 4*: Mauritius Convention on Transparency
What are you going to do for this assignment?
The Mauritius Convention on Transparency has been created to bring more transparency to international court cases and to promote the access of civil society organizations (CSOs) to these procedures. Because this Convention has been ratified by three states only, its practical use is still limited. Your assignment is to write a document that can be used for awareness-raising among Southern CSOs and possibly as a tool for lobbying.


For this assignment we are looking for an intern / volunteer who:

  • Has excellent English writing skills (clear and with impact);
  • Has great analytical skills;
  • Can spend at least 8 hours per week on this assignment;

* See also assignment 3 for possible combination (preferred).

 

Assignment 5: The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund
What are you going to do for this assignment?
You will investigate the projects of the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund, focussing on their effects on 1) human rights, 2) the environment, and 3) the (negotiating) position of communities in the South to manage their own environment.


For this assignment we are looking for an intern / volunteer who:

  • Knows how to screen and analyse financial and economic information;
  • Has knowledge of, or is prepared to learn about, the international human rights framework and investments, including international safeguards and guidelines;
  • Excels in reporting and formulating conclusions, opportunities and challenges;
  • Can communicate well with local civil society organizations;
  • Can spend at least 10 hours per week on this assignment.

 

Assignment 6: Support the programme management of FGG Both ENDS 
What are you going to do for this assignment?
Both ENDS is part of the Fair Green and Global Alliance (FGG), together with 5 other civil society organizations. You will be supporting the programme management for FGG. Tasks are very diverse and will include: organizing and planning meetings, keeping overviews of local partners and budget, and being involved in planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) activities. This position offers a versatile look in the kitchen of project and programme management, PME and the themes that FGG is working on.


For this assignment we are looking for an intern / volunteer who:

  • Has a real hands-on mentality;
  • Is strong in planning and organizing;
  • Has affinity with project and programme management, PME and / or the themes of the FGG;
  • Can spend at least 10 hours per week on this assignment.

 

Assignment 7: Support to HR-department
What are you going to do for this assignment?
You will support various assignments related to personnel & organization. This includes the development and implementation of HR laws and policies (staff handbook, encouraging diversity, integrity policy, etc.).


For this assignment we are looking for an intern / volunteer who:

  • Studies or has a background in Human Resource Management;
  • Can spend at least 8 hours a week on this assignment.

 

Both ENDS offers:

  • An internationally oriented, dynamic and informal working environment;
  • A pleasant and professional team of colleagues who put great store on working together;
  • A thorough introduction;
  • Personal supervision;
  • A free lunch;
  • Possibility to work from home;
  • If applicable: reimbursement of travel expenses;
  • Career counselling;
  • Workplace in the heart of Amsterdam.

 

More information about the organization can be found on www.bothends.org. We value different backgrounds and cultures in our organization. Both ENDS works together with the Expertise Center for Diversity: www.echo-net.nl

 

Please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than 31 May 2018, clearly mentioning the assignment(s) you are interested in. You can send your letter of motivation and CV by email to HR Manager Anneroos Goudsmit at sollicitatie@bothends.org.

 

Your details will be destroyed after the application procedure has been completed.

 

 


Nl
En

schrijf u in
  • Small_Grants.png
  • _ParisProof_new.png
  • 160916_Nicaraguakanaalknop.png
  • 160916_palmolieknop.png
  • banner_jwhi2.png
  • banner_richforests.png
  • schrijf u in