Intern Programme Partnerships and Grants

"an inspiring opportunity to experience working in international NGO, to learn more about (institutional) fundraising, the humanitarian aid sector and War Child’s mission”

Start date May 2021, min 5-6 months, 4-5 days per week.

Would you like to learn more about how major institutions like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and the United Nations distribute their funds for humanitarian aid? Are you curious to know how these grants are invested in programmes in order to protect conflict-affected children from violence and help them establish a positive outlook on the future? Furthermore, are you interested in interdepartmental and external communication? Then we are looking for you!

The internship at Programme Partnerships and Grants at War Child’s Office in Amsterdam offers you a great and inspiring opportunity to learn more about (institutional) fundraising, the humanitarian aid sector and War Child’s mission to invest in a peaceful future for children affected by armed conflict.

War Child is a dynamic organization. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. We follow the COVID-19 regulations of the government, which means that we work from home as much as possible. During your internship you will therefore work mostly from home, at least at the beginning stage of your internship.


The intern will support the team with a wide variety of tasks related to communication, institutional fundraising, account management and quality assurance:

  • Support in implementing the Programme Partnership and Grants communication plan in collaboration with our Communications and Advocacy department
  • Develop, design, write and edit communication materials, including newsletters, webinar invitations and other communication content
  • Support in design and editing grant proposals, donor reports, training materials, etc.
  • Investigation of institutional donors and funding opportunities through intensive online research
  • Screening and analyses of institutional donors and foundations opportunities
  • Administration of all team donor management contacts (CRM) in War Child database
  • Support in preparation of institutional networking events
  • Support in administrative and filing tasks
  • Other support activities to the team.

Required Skills and Experience

  • You are enrolled in a Dutch higher education institute (HBO/university) for the duration of the internship
  • You are a final year Bachelor or Master student in a relevant field of study such as Communication, International Relations or International Development.
  • Demonstrable interest and/or knowledge of the development sector through prior work/volunteer/study experience is a plus
  • Good analytical, research and writing skills
  • Good communicative skills – the ability to retrieve relevant information about funding possibilities with different organizations in different countries
  • Accurate, precise and eye for detail
  • Good sense of priorities and time management
  • Quick understanding of different computer software and filing systems
  • Self-motivated independent worker with the ability to follow direction and effectively learn
  • Good team working skills
  • Excellent command of Dutch and English language, both spoken and written
  • Available 4-5 days per week, for min 5-6 months, starting in May 2021.
  • EU national or eligible to work in EU

The Conditions

This internship is for a period of minimum 5-6 months for 4-5 days per week, as of May 2021. Start at a later date can be discussed. As per War Child Intern Policy, fee will be €200 gross per month (based on 5 days).

Please note that an intern at War Child needs to be a registered student at a Dutch educational institution.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by no later than the 11 April 2021 by submitting your CV (English, max 2 pages) and cover letter here:

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War Child is committed to humanitarian values, standards and norms and we expect the same from job applicants. War Child is especially committed to safeguarding the children and youth we support and doesn’t tolerate any form of abuse. Because we want to prevent and deter any actions that place children and youth at risk, conduct references are an important part of our recruitment procedure. As part of the selection process, War Child will request standardized references in accordance with the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and a recent Criminal Records statement.

Equal opportunity

War Child has a dream that every child lives in peace - no matter who or where they are. That’s why we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer. We promote diversity and belonging in everything we do and select our potential new colleagues without regard to gender, race, colour, religion, nationality, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Application process

To ensure that we spend as much of our resources on the support of children and youth, War Child needs to operate as efficiently as possible. This means we can only process job applications received through our websites.

If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, the vacancy will be removed from our websites. In this case, any responses received after removal will not be processed. Sometimes the closing date of a vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain active.