Intern - Network Development Department

Position: Intern - Network Development Department
Location: Flexible, ideally in a developing country, intern must have access to a  computer and reliable internet.
Hours: Full-time or Part-time   
Duration: Four months, January to April 2017, with possibility of extension.
Start date: As soon as possible.

Climate Action Network (CAN)

The International Secretariat of the Climate Action Network (CAN) is currently seeking an Intern for its Network Development Department. CAN is a network of more than 1100 members from more than 120 countries, working together to fight climate change. CAN operates on national, regional, and international level, and its work is organized through its regional/national nodes (networks). CAN has 20 nodes around the world with different stages of development and levels of capacity.

Network Development Department

The Network Development Department works to: support CAN’s regional and national nodes (networks) build their organizational capacity and skills; increase and strengthen the network; engage and grow the broader climate change movement, which CAN contributes to, as well as working to support and implement specific projects to support regional and national climate change work.

Position Description

The intern will support CAN’s Network Development Department in its preparation towards the Secretariat and Coordinators Annual Meeting (SCAM) 2017 which will gather CAN International Secretariat and Node Coordinators from the 20 regional and national nodes. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the dynamics of a worldwide network of climate change NGOs and its coordination. In addition, the intern will assist the work of the Department in preparation for other international moments, and more broadly in the organizational development of the nodes including capacity building and internal network strengthening tasks. It is also expected that the intern will assist the work of the Director’s Office in an administrative and operational capacity.

Key tasks of the intern

  • Support the Network Development Department in its preparation towards SCAM, assisting in the planning, communication with nodes, and logistics, including but not restricted to the setting of agendas, consolidation of nodes information, and preparation and assistance before, during and after travels;
  • Assisting in the consolidation of information and outreach to members on information required in preparation for the SCAM;
  • Help to organize capacity building webinars and session on a range of topics. This includes research on the topic, support in setting agendas, and doing outreach to key members;
  • Support the organizational development of regional and national nodes through the design and drafting of a variety of tools, support to the nodes in the improvement of their systems, and internal and external communication and information sharing;
  • Support the internal work of the team by consolidating information about the network and drafting communications and materials;
  • Assist the team in consolidating the website introductory and theme-based capacity building resources;
  • Help nodes to do civil society mappings in key countries;
  • The intern will be supported as much as possible to be engaged in the Department’s wider tasks and to gain exposure to other areas of the CAN Secretariat work;
  • Supporting the team with internal network strengthening tasks which include gathering of information.

More widely the intern may also support the department

  • In implementing its externally funded projects including: setting up calls and taking minutes, helping with project administration and logistics, communication, monitoring and evaluation and reporting writing;
  • Participating in and supporting email groups to enhance communication between and within nodes;
  • Liaise and organise events across CAN and beyond that may increase the impact;
  • With interpretation and translation depending on the activities and language skills of the intern;
  • In administrative and organisational work for the Director’s office;
  • In supporting the regional and national nodes to improve their organisational effectiveness through supporting their use of a variety of tools (including some research and design of some tools), helping them to make improvements in their systems and inter-communication including peer learning and sharing;
  • To support regional and national nodes to increase and enhance their inter-communication, membership and wider external communication through supporting the development and use of websites, email groups, and other tools;

Desirable/required qualities

  • Strong command of written and spoken English, additional language skills are an asset;
  • Proven experience working in developing countries, and a keen understanding of the challenges in communication, resource constraints, and other unique circumstances found in working in a global setting;
  • Previous exposure to and general understanding of the issues surrounding sustainable development and climate change;
  • Previous experience in organizational development preferred but not required;
  • Experience working in a network or collaboration of NGOs in developing and developed countries;
  • Desire to strengthen the climate change movement indirectly through work in organizational development, building connections and capacity;
  • Excellent presentation, communication and facilitation skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to respect and work well with people from different backgrounds and disciplines;
  • Ability and experience working in a remote office; and;
  • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills and willingness to work under time constraints and pressure.

Salary, resources, duration and travel

  • This internship is unpaid but expenses incurred by the intern whilst on a work assignment, with prior agreement from CAN, will be reimbursed.  
  • The intern will need to use their own computer and have reliable internet access. All CAN work is managed through emails and Skype calls and therefore reliable, fast internet is required for this position.
  • The intern position is for a minimum of four months (starting as soon as possible) with the possibility of extension.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to with the subject: “Network Development Intern Application”.

Please note the deadline for this position is Friday 13 January 2017 but applications will be reviewed as they are received and phone/Skype interviews will be arranged for short listed candidates on a rolling basis. Therefore please apply before the deadline as we hope to select the candidate as soon as possible.

No telephone inquiries please. Based on the expected large interest in this position and limited capacity, only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

CAN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.