Intern – Politics and Crime, Sahel

Conflict Research Unit
36 hours
Conflict Research Unit
Job type
Hours workweek
36 hours

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael[‘ is a leading think tank and academy on international affairs. Through our analyses, training and public debate we aim to inspire and equip governments, businesses, and civil society in order to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world.

The Institute has three departments: Research, Academy and Corporate Staff. Within the Research department we are looking for a:

Intern – Politics and Crime, Sahel

36 hours per week (full time)

The Conflict Research Unit (CRU) is a specialised team within the Clingendael Institute, conducting applied, policy-oriented research and developing practical tools that assist national and multilateral governmental and non-governmental organisations in their efforts to develop and implement more effective policies and programming on stability, development and rule of law in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

The Clingendael Conflict Research Unit (CRU) has an opening for an Intern for the team working on resource conflicts and local governance in the Sahel, from 1 August 2020 - 31 January 2021 (a six-month period).

This internship focuses on the risk potential of natural resource-driven conflicts (access and management of water, land etc.) for political conflict and regional instability, as well as on local governance structures in the decentralised states in the Sahel.

Job description

The intern would provide research assistance for projects on radicalization and hybrid governance structures in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso as part of a broader political economy analysis of the Sahel region.

  • Conduct data collection and qualitative content analysis of different social media platforms, such as Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and relevant media outlets;
  • Conduct quantitative data analysis;
  • Conduct literature reviews;
  • Support grant proposals;
  • Contribute to writing background material, drafts, and web content;
  • Provide assistance for the organization of (closed) events as part of research projects and for the dissemination of research findings.

Qualifications and experience

We would be interested if the following requirements are met:

  • BA degree relevant for this internship and current enrolment for MA degree (e.g. African studies, political science/IR, conflict studies);
  • Fluent or mother tongue in French;
  • Affinity with politics and conflict dynamics in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso;
  • Background knowledge on political, conflict and/or radicalization dynamics in the Sahel;
  • Excellence in research methods and (quantitative) data analysis, good English writing skills;
  • Service minded, social skills, capable of reaching deadlines;
  • Capable of working independently on the basis of instructions, team player;
  • Network-oriented, feeling at home in international environment.

Technical requirements:

  • Enrollment in an MA program
  • EER/Switzerland nationality OR holder of a Dutch study visa

Clingendael offers:

  • The opportunity to gain practical, policy-oriented research experience in one of Europe’s top ranking think tanks, in close cooperation with our researchers and stakeholders as policy makers, academics and (international) organizations. Ability to build up a network in the field.
  • A stipend of € 450,- gross per month (in case of 36 hours per week).


You can apply via the ‘Apply-now button at the top of this vacancy. Deadline for response is Friday 29 May 2020.

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