War Child Sweden - Stockholm office

Placement: Stockholm
Spring 2024 - Full time, 20 weeks

About the organisation

War Child is an international child rights organization, focusing on education, protection and psychosocial support. We are committed to protecting and supporting children affected by armed conflict. We empower them to claim their rights, develop to their full potential and contribute to a peaceful future for themselves and their communities. Together we help children and young people make their voices heard. At the moment War Child is working in close to 20 different countries worldwide. The organization is recognized for its excellence in regards to combining an active research agenda with method development. Together we take the war out of the child. The Stockholm office was set up in 2016 and is covering the Nordics and the Baltic states. Besides the support to our global program we also focus on psychosocial support to newly arrived youth, in a way to ease their integration into Swedish society. This part of our work is currently scaled up. The team at the office in Stockholm consists of five dedicated and specialized people, plus temporary staff. As a decentralized organization the team maintains close links with the team in Amsterdam where many of the international functions are located as well as the offices spread around the world.

No child should be part of war - Ever.

Internship assignments

The intern work closely with the mentor, this being the Secretary General of the organisation (the Stockholm team). In this position the interns have a good opportunity to chose which part of the work they want to focus on, within the activities as described in the Annual Action Plan and the grants that have been approved by external donors.

The intern, pending the own interest, will most likely work with those matters that are closely linked to the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), with special focus on education, protection and psychosocial support. War Child Sweden is coordinating the national network on mental health and psychosocial support and the previous interns have been involved in developing this quickly developing component of our work.

The main focus for an organisation as War Child can be deducted from our name, children living in armed conflicts. In line with Sida's definition of poverty, being exposed to armed violence is an important aspect of poverty and a violation of the right of the child. We work with and through selected local civil society partner organisation in the countries/regions in which War Child is present.


- Knowledge of the role of civil society and to work with a Civil Society Organisation/partner organisations.
- Interest/knowledge related to the countries/regions in which War Child is operating (see warchild.org). Special emphasis on the three regions/countries in which War Child Sweden has most of its current partnerships (Middle East, Uganda and Colombia).
- Ability to communicate in English/excellent writing skills, as English is the working language of the Stockholm office.
- Knowledge about international development cooperation, humanitarian action and the impact of violent conflict on programming and M&E.
-Interest in Child Rights matters, with special emphasis on children in armed conflict.

Merit experiences/competencies

-Country knowledge related to the geographic areas in which War Child is active (see warchild.org). Language skills related to these countries/areas (primarily Arabic, French, Spanish and Ukrainian).
- Experience from Child Rights matters.

Other information

The War Child Sweden office is located in a 17th Century building in Gamla Stan (old town) in the very centre of Stockholm.
There may also be the opportunity to do part of the internship at the War Child offices in Amsterdam and London, which are much larger, with some hundred employees.

As an intern at this organisation, you will work directly with the following Sustainable Development Goals:

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