Share-Net Netherlands (SNNL) is the Dutch knowledge platform for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and one of the country hubs of Share-Net International. Share-Net Netherlands is hosted by the KIT Royal Tropical Institute and has individual members and organisational members which work in low- and middle-income countries and in the Netherlands on SRHR.

In 2021, Share-Net Netherlands has 17 active Communities of Practice (CoPs) where researchers, practitioners and policymakers come together to collaborate, co-create and learn from each other regarding thematic topics and in a cross-cutting manner. The knowledge management activities of CoPs are intended to aid member organisations and individual members in advancing their own agendas and to create synergies so that work is not duplicated but complimented and strengthened.

This internship provides the opportunity to get insight into the Dutch-based SRHR landscape and to get to know the member representatives (from universities, NGOs and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

One of these CoPs is called “Linking research, policy and practice” and at the core of its engagement is an annual meeting where young researchers present their research findings and experiences related to SRHR and gender equality. In 2021, the 10th annual anniversary of “Linking research, policy and practice” will be hosted online by Share-Net Netherlands in collaboration with SNI country hubs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Ethiopia and Jordan. We will organise a capacity building workshop with all selected young researchers in October. The online event in November aims to particularly showcase recent research from SNI country-hub contexts. Consequently, we expect to strengthen in-country and international knowledge exchange and learning and enable match-making for future collaborations between young professionals, Share-Net members, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and Dutch embassies, other students and the wider SRHR community.

Internship objective

Share-Net Netherlands is looking for an intern to support the daily functioning of the communities of practice and to contribute to the organisation of the online meeting “Linking research, policy and practice”. During the internship period, the intern is part of the SRHR team at KIT and will be guided by an on-site supervisor.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support CoP facilitation
    • Planning and following up on CoP meetings
    • Taking minutes
    • (Technical) facilitation during online CoP meetings as well as larger online events for the wider SRHR community
    • Regularly update activity implementation tracker
    • write ups of follow up knowledge products/reports
  • Support 10th annual meeting on “Linking research, policy and practice”
    • Collect, store and create overview of all applications for selection committees
    • Collect, store and create overview of all applicants for creative follow up knowledge product
    • Support CoP and SNNL secretariat in organising the capacity building workshop
    • Support CoP and country hubs in identifying and approaching potential discussants and inviting members
    • Support with creating promotional materials for social media
    • Act as primary focal point for country hubs, translators, young researchers and young creatives for communication about the event
    • Support SNNL secretariat with technical facilitation during event
  • Support SNNL communications
    • regularly research and post relevant SRHR news, events and resources for the SNNL website
    • social media scheduling
    • development of CoP stories for newsletter

Internship duration and allowance

  • 4-6 months
    • working times are flexible with at least 3 days per week over a period of 4 months
    • onboarding with less days in August and September and extending to more days in October and November is a possibility
  • Expected to be mainly performed at home due to COVID-19 related restrictions
  • Weekly online meeting with the SNNL secretariat
  • Weekly online meeting with on-site supervisor
  • The intern is provided with a monthly internship allowance of €550 bruto per month for a 40-hour working week.


  • Master’s degree student in Gender studies, Social Sciences or Communication Studies with an interest in SRHR, Global Health, Public Health, Development Studies
  • Knowledgeable about SRHR, gender and global health
  • Experience with administrative support, project coordination and knowledge management, preferably in international/intercultural settings
  • Experience with online tools and platforms (e.g., Microsoft teams, Zoom, Mural, etc.)
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in spoken and written English (any other language regarding the countries we work in such as Arabic, Dutch, French or Spanish is a plus)
  • Ability and willingness to work on several smaller projects
  • Precise working and eye for detail
  • Ability to create spontaneous relationships with members, employing a style that is open, flexible, and confident
  • The ability to resolve issues constructively and diplomatically
  • Experience with social media engagement is a plus.

Application details

Interested and qualified applicants of all backgrounds are invited to apply. We particularly encourage youth under the age of 25, people of colour, and members of the LGBTQI+ community to apply. Please provide a CV, academic or non-academic writing sample, and short motivation letter (max. 300 words).


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