Social Accountability Research Intern
Location: Washington, DC
The Bank Information Center (BIC) partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs) to promote social justice and ecological sustainability. BIC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the protection of rights, participation, transparency, and public accountability in the governance and operations of the World Bank and regional development banks.
BIC is looking for an intern to support a project aiming to strengthen World Bank social and environmental standards and their implementation by developing tools for community monitoring and social accountability.
This internship will support BIC through research on social accountability and beneficiary engagement in monitoring and assessing governments and development institutions performance, particularly focus on social and environmental standards, transparency and information disclosure. This is a great hands on training opportunity for someone who wants to build a career in monitoring & evaluation, and knowledge & information management. The intern research results will be incorporated into a BIC’s report on social accountability and manual for community monitoring.
BIC interns interact with environmental and social justice activists throughout the world. Interns will also be encouraged to attend relevant events and meetings with other civil society organizations, and at the World Bank. Our informal, dynamic structure enables interns to become immersed in BIC’s day-to-day operations and gain extensive practical experience and knowledge of the International Financial Institutions in general and the World Bank in particular.
The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
- Conduct a literature review and systematization of what applicable tools and mechanisms exist (at the World Bank or elsewhere) to facilitate or enable citizen engagement, project monitoring and social accountability, oversight of public and/or private sector performance, grievance redress mechanisms including the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
- Conduct case study analysis of innovative ways to local monitoring mechanisms, social accountability and beneficiary feedback mechanisms in development projects and programs, including BIC’s past and on-going experiences of project monitoring.
- Write regular web updates on social accountability, citizen engagement and beneficiary feedback mechanisms
Project Support (20%)
- Provide support for events related to the project: Tasks include, but are not limited to, agenda setting, contacting invitees, logistical support, preparation of materials, tracking information flows, etc.
- Provide support to staff in developing and production of training materials
- Undergraduate degree in Economics, Sociology, Environmental Science, or related discipline. Preferred: Master’s degree preferably in Environmental Science, Sociology, International Development, governance or other relevant field;
- Course work or experience with project/program monitoring and evaluation on governance, accountability, open data and transparency
- Understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, including actively contributing to team discussions
- Ability to think creatively
- Flexible, responsible, self-motivated
- Familiarity with or interest in learning about the World Bank and other financial institutions, environmental and social justice, and transparency and accountability.
SALARY AND DURATION
This is an unpaid internship. We are flexible on start date, but would like a commitment of at least four months, 2 to 4 days a week.
Send a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and resume/CV to email@example.com, Write “Social Accountability Intern” on the subject heading. No phone calls please. Due to capacity constraints, BIC will only reply to short-listed candidates.