Oxfam Novib
9 november 2023
Den Haag, Netherlands
Soort Dienstverband
Tijd per week
32-36 uur
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Do you want to fight for equality? Tackling inequality at its roots, together with colleagues, our partner organizations and activists in more than 90 countries? To change the systems behind it, once and for all!

Oxfam Novib stands behind the people who stand up for equality. Together, we fight for a world where everyone has equal opportunities, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or skin color. A world where everyone feels safe; where income gaps are shrinking instead of growing, where climate change is tackled in a firmer and more honest way.

Equality is the common thread throughout our activities and projects, but also internally. We are aware that our team of colleagues can be even more diverse and that having a diverse team is the only way to see the world from a broad perspective. To obtain a multi-voiced team, we are therefore particularly calling on women, members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, or people with disabilities to apply for this internship.

Apply and become part of Oxfam Novib!


With a critical mass of influencing and programmatic interventions at international and national level, Oxfam is one of the world’s leading organizations on land rights. With actions spread across 30 countries, supported with international advocacy and policy engagement, we aim to achieve impact at all levels for equitable and just land rights.

Oxfam Novib, which is the Dutch affiliate of the global Oxfam confederation, has long worked on land rights and is currently focusing on two workstreams. The first is the coordination of Oxfam’s Global Land Rights Program. The Global Land Program brings together all efforts made by Oxfam at the community, national and international levels in protecting and securing land rights for sustainable development. It uses a three-pronged approach:

  • Contributing to Oxfam’s global and national agenda-setting, policy debates on just land governance by offering specialized expertise, and engagement/influencing of international actors, and profiling country work at international level.
  • Contributing to modelling, providing overall coherence, facilitating, and fund-raising for Oxfam’s programmatic work on land.
  • Coordinating confederation-wide knowledge hub functions, through Oxfam’s specialized webpage, as well as other knowledge and communication internal channels, and peer learning opportunities through the land learning series.

The second workstream on land rights within Oxfam Novib focuses on lobby & advocacy, both in the Netherlands and internationally. In order to structurally and effectively end extreme land inequality and its negative consequences, Oxfam Novib wants to hold powerholders to account for their positive and negative contributions to land inequality. This influencing work is underpinned by robust research on who owns and controls land on the one side, and on what the impacts are of land rights violations.

The intern will contribute to both workstreams. Within the Global Land Program, the intern will focus specifically on the Knowledge Hub Functions, and will also contribute to other components, as the knowledge hub function is key to provide coherence and advance collectively Oxfam work on land rights. Within the lobby & advocacy workstream, the intern will contribute to research on economic actors and their financial/economic interests in land use and land acquisition.

Objectives of this internship:

  • Support and contribute to strategizing, developing and maintaining the knowledge management, communication and learning systems of the Global Land Program.
  • Facilitate interactions for the identification and sharing of relevant experiences on land work across the confederation.
  • Contributing to the elaboration of specific knowledge and communication products on land.
  • Contribute to the lobby & advocacy work on land inequality by conducting corporate and/or financial research.

During the internship period, the student will have the opportunity to engage with Oxfam staff from different affiliates, various country teams, partners and allies of Oxfam in the sector.

Furthermore, this internship will offer Mentoring and supervision by Oxfam Novib staff, access to a global network of experienced staff and partners (CSO, INGOs, IGOs and Academia), work experience at an internationally based NGO and a professional reference if desired.

Key deliverables and tasks of the position:

  • Knowledge Database. Support the development, organization and update of internal databases (contacts and content) as well as data management procedures.
  • Webpage. Collecting, analysing and developing content to update and populate land webpage (country page profiles, sub thematic web-pages). Coordinating the identification of relevant new documentation (developed by other Oxfam’s units) to be uploaded to the website, and coordinate general maintenance of the webpage.
  • Case-Style Articles. Coordinate the elaboration of at least two case-style articles (and or other form of communication product such as podcasts with interviews, and/or videos) on land inequality & climate, and land inequality & conflicts for broad dissemination and to inform programmatic development.
  • Mapping of Land Inequality. In collaboration with the Land Rights Policy Advisor and specialized partners organizations, conduct research on economic actors and their financial/economic interests in land use and land acquisition.
  • Ad-Hoc Investigations. In collaboration with the Land Rights Policy Advisor, investigate potential land rights violations based on desktop research.

Who are we looking for?

You have

  • Excellent research and writing skills in English
  • A good understanding of land and natural resource governance issues
  • Good organizational skill
  • Strong analytical skills, you are result-oriented and are a team player
  • Excellent (intercultural) communication skills
  • Excellent skills to network both internally and externally
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Affinity with corporate and/or financial research is an asset.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the internships at Oxfam Novib must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an active student of 18 years of age minimum;
  • Be enrolled at a Dutch educational institution (first level university degree, higher schools (HBO) or other);
  • Have less than 3 years of relevant full-time work experience;
  • Have legal right to live and work in The Netherlands or be prepared to obtain the right to follow an internship as part of their study in the Dutch educational institution, by signing a three-party internship agreement.
  • Any staff member who has previously been in employment with Oxfam Novib shall not be hired as an intern.

Our offer
An intern in Oxfam Novib is offered an internship contract for the duration of the internship and a monthly allowance based on €450,- per month on a basis of a 36-hour work week, pro-rata in case of less hours.

The intern is expected to have a student OV card; however, if not applicable, a reimbursement of commuting costs will be offered.

Oxfam Novib works on hybrid basis – partly from office, partly from home.

During the internship, the intern is supervised, overarching by the ER4A unit manager and daily/weekly by a designated colleague/buddy.

Working at Oxfam Novib

All our work is guided by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.

At Oxfam Novib, we work according to the Feminist Principles - Oxfam Policy & Practice.

Oxfam Novib is based on the power of difference. That is why we aim to attract a diverse mix of talented people who share our standards, values, and principles, and who are committed to prevent and eliminate any type of misconduct.

We have an active policy against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any form of abuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. This subject will be covered in our application and selection process.

Additional information

Do you believe that this is the internship you are looking for? Then we would love to receive your application! Please note that only applications received before the closing date, 26 November 2023, and submitted via our application portal will be taken into consideration.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Ruben de Winne – Policy Advisor GREEN: Climate Resilient Communities– ruben.dewinne@oxfamnovib.nl

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