Research and Communication Assistant (unpaid internship)


Demande d'emploi

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.  Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Job Description

Job Title:       Research and Communication Assistant (unpaid internship).

Supervisor:    Program Officer

Location:       Bujumbura, Burundi

Post status:   National Position

Application deadline: January 19, 2022 at 5pm Burundi Time

Program Description: AFSC works on behalf of American Quakers to build peace with justice in Africa and around the world. AFSC has been active on the African continent for over 50 years and was accredited to work in Burundi in 2005 after inception in 2004. AFSC focuses on conflict prevention and Social Cohesion (Peacebuilding), Social Justice and Humanitarian Assistance, and its geographic priorities are chosen according to the impact of conflict and potential conflict.

Burundi was selected as a key country of work because of its past conflicts, with the 2015 elections violence further pushed AFSC to maintain a holistic approach in its support in the country. Though the effects of the war were acute, the progressive return to normalcy has enabled Burundians to return to Burundi. The 2020 general elections that paved the way for new institutions have also contributed to the current stability enjoyed by the citizens. The effects of the past conflict may still have residual effects and there is need for actors to work towards consolidating the gains of the peacebuilding efforts in order to sustain the government’s developmental efforts as described in the National Development Plan, PND 2018 – 2027.  AFSC has developed a new Global Strategic Plan for the period 2020 – 2030 with three overarching Program Goals: Just and Sustainable Peace, Economic Justice and Forced Displacement and Migration. The Africa Regional Program of AFSC has tailored its interventions on Program Goal 1 (Just and Sustainable Peace) and 3 (Forced Displacement and Migration), and these two priorities in the Burundi context align with the national priorities contained in the PND 2018 – 2027. To deliver the results for which AFSC has envisaged, the organization will continue to work in partnership with government institutions, civil society organizations, the United Nations system and the international community, that includes the International NGOs. AFSC is currently implementing community projects in consortia with other international NGOs and the UN system. These interventions align to AFSC’s interventions for the current three-year program, Burundi Sustainable Peace and Development Program.

It is in this framework that AFSC would like to hire a Research and Communication Assistant who will support the implementation of these joint Projects.

Summary of Responsibilities: The main purpose of the Research and Communication Assistant is to support the work of AFSC in data analysis and contextualization using different reports and data collected from partners to produce case studies, knowledge products and visualization tools. He / She will also connect quantitative data and qualitative information to produce further research and increase communication and visibility of projects’ results.  The Research and Communication Assistant will support the team in increasing its visibility and connectedness to other national and regional peacebuilding initiatives in Burundi, to share and promote learning across themes related to social cohesion, peacebuilding, access to justice and economic empowerment.

Responsibilities: The Research and Communication Assistant will specifically:

  1. Analyze existing quantitative and qualitative data to produce learning products, case studies – focusing on AFSC’ approaches and its efficiency and effectiveness;
  2. Researching, preparing fact-checking, editing, and producing professional media and communications materials for various audiences and ensuring their timely dissemination;
  3. Prepare evidence-based communication- and learning products that can be used for informing, influencing, awareness-raising;
  4. Producing strategic and general interest news and features content for dissemination;
  5. Development, production and dissemination of press releases, publications, flyers, posters and other PR and information/communication material destined for external audiences, donors and key stakeholders;
  6. To develop creative ways to document programmatic processes, successes and achievements (e.g. through photos/graphics/case stories, in periodic newsletters, brochures, briefs, website, social sites etc.).

Personal qualities and abilities required:


  1. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including nonviolence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
  2. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations of AFSC regarding issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
  3. Bachelor’s degree in Communication or any other related field such as Peace studies, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, international affairs/relations, humanitarian affairs or other fields relevant to AFSC’s work on peace, social justice and humanitarian assistance;
  4. Familiarity with the work of AFSC and willingness to work closely with fellow staff as a team. Reliable in meeting deadlines and completing assigned tasks.  Prior internship or volunteer experience within the organization a plus;
  5. Good understanding of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women Peace and security and experience in working with Women Mediators a plus,
  6. Demonstrated analytical and communications skills; fluency in spoken and written English and French required, and knowledge of other languages such as Swahili and Kirundi are an advantage.
  7. Administrative competence and good computer skills (Microsoft Office programs).
  8. An ability to take the initiative, manage priorities and work independently on specific issues.
  9. Willingness to work in the context of economic hardships, under tight schedules and keen interest in supporting communities living post conflict scenarios.
  10. Willingness to learn, and desire to use this placement to further your personal and career development in the field of peace and conflict work, climate change and migration.


  1. Knowledge/experience in Communication;
  2. Knowledge/experience in the work of UN Agencies, local and international NGOs or civil society organizations.

How to apply:

If you are interested and have the desired profile, please send your file to the following address: 

The application must be in English and include the following elements:

  1. A cover letter addressed to the Country Representative of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC);
  2. The curriculum vitae including professional experiences classified in chronological order, starting with the most recent experience; Contact details of three reference persons, their telephone numbers and email addresses; (the CV must be in Microsoft Word document);
  3. Copies of certificates.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 19, 2022 at 5:00PM. Applications received after this deadline will be rejected. Only selected candidates will be contacted for the following steps. American Friends Service Committee reserves the right to refuse any application submitted after the deadline or incomplete. For any questions related to this call, please send an email to the following address:

Telephone calls are not accepted.

American Friends Service Committee.