Peacebuilding Fellowship

Position Title: Peacebuilding Fellowship
Position Type: Part-Time (20 hours/week minimum commitment); unpaid
Start and End Dates: September 9-December 5 (dates are flexible and pending availability)

PartnersGlobal (previously Partners for Democratic Change), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society, and a culture of peaceful change and conflict management worldwide. PartnersGlobal specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 21 independent, local Centers around the world.

PartnersGlobal adheres to the values of participatory decision-making, collaboration, and consensus-building as the fundamentals of an inclusive, democratic society; and, we promote the application of these skills in all aspects of our work. The PartnersGlobal team includes process experts, facilitators, and trainers who apply those collaborative skills to achieve concrete results in technical areas such as rule of law, women’s empowerment, human rights, security sector reform, and natural resource management. The Partners Network is renowned for undertaking cutting edge work and applying our process expertise to convene disparate parties to jointly tackle some of the most complex development challenges.

We are looking for an energetic and committed Guatemalan national with a demonstrated interest in peacebuilding and/or in strategic communications to join us as a Peacebuilding Fellow, working closely with the Latin America and Caribbean team to support, from Guatemala, the implementation of a multi-year, USAID-funded peacebuilding project in the Western highlands of the country. PartnersGlobal is a vibrant organization that allows interns a hands-on, valuable opportunity to gain exposure to international development projects in the field of democracy-building and conflict management, and peacebuilding. We are committed to fostering a dynamic learning and professional development atmosphere and will offer virtual and some in-person mentoring and guidance throughout your time with us. The LAC team works collaboratively and dynamically and is looking forward to providing professional development and mentorship to a new team-member so that he or she can develop valuable, marketable skills in research, program management, and communications and outreach.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Refine your research, analysis, and writing skills by supporting the team as they implement a peacebuilding project in Guatemala;
  • Strengthen your strategic communications by supporting the team in conducting a strategic communications audit under the peacebuilding project in Guatemala;
  • Complete independent research projects that will help the team achieve its objectives under this project;
  • Develop leadership and practical skills through coordinating events and roundtable discussions;
  • General mentorship and virtual and in-person work opportunities with the LAC team and wider project team both in Washington, DC and in Guatemala City and Xela. Specific opportunities include attending meetings with donors and partners, assisting the team with brainstorming and strategic planning for current and potential activities, and providing logistical and research support to members of the LAC team;
  • Networking opportunities as you represent Partners at LAC-related events in Guatemala City.

Qualifications: The ideal prospective candidate is a graduate student or recent college graduate in Guatemala with demonstrated interest, work experience, and/or academic study in the LAC region, conflict resolution, communications, and/or democratic governance (highly qualified undergraduates will also be considered); interest and/or experience in strategic communications; independent research, writing, and editing skills; full professional proficiency in Spanish and English; computer proficiency and a passion for getting organized; excellent interpersonal skills; and a desire to learn.

To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) to by August 15th, 2019. Remember to indicate that you are applying for the position of Peacebuilding Fellow in the email subject line. No phone calls please. We will contact applicants directly for an interview or to request additional information.

Partners is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy, marital status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.