Internship: Data Analysis & Research on Rapid Response Funding at CIVICUS



At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people to organise, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society.

We seek to defend civic freedoms and enable civil society participation in decision making. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South, and have a growing alliance of more than 4000 members in more than 175 countries.

We know that this is a time of big global challenges for civil society and the world, but we also know that our members and partners have big responses. As an alliance, we work together to connect, amplify and scale responses and in doing so strengthen the contributions of citizen action and civil society.

Drawing on over 25 years of experience, we are working to build on our strengths while also exploring new ways of working. CIVICUS’ Strategic Plan 2017-2022 sets the strategic direction for the secretariat and alliance. It articulates who we are, what we strive to achieve, how we work and how we define our success.


Do you want to contribute to a more resilient civil society? we’d love to have you! CIVICUS is looking for a dynamic and committed intern with a heart for social justice and excellent analytical and data processing skills, who wants to help us analyse a large set of data related to our Crisis Response Fund (CRF), draw trends and learnings that can inform rapid response grant-making, and present key findings within relevant CIVICUS teams.

What are you going to do?

As part of the CRF team, you will contribute to the following activities and undertake the following responsibilities:

● Conduct an analysis of trends related to civic space emerging from all available applications and narrative reports sent to the CRF from 2011 to present to identify strong or weak practices and make recommendations on rapid response grant-making based on the data gathered from the Crisis Response Fund grants This entails: a)systematizing, processing and analysing data from all available applications and narrative reports received from 2011 to present; b) complement the data with interviews/surveys to a sample of grantees; c) based on key findings and feedback identified trends, gaps, best practice and areas for improvement for CRF;

● Organize findings into easily decipherable knowledge-products for internal and external use, including developing presentations, reports, infographics and other related material.

● Work with external evaluators of the Lifeline Fund to help develop streamlined analysis on Lifeline grants.

● Assist in organising a brown-bag session with other CIVICUS teams to present initial findings and discuss how to enhance coordination and complementarity between CRF and other mechanisms available within the alliance, and try to systematize synergies and procedures for the joint opportunities identified

● Map and create a directory of other relevant rapid response schemes featuring main characteristics of each-one

● Participate in the general meetings and day to day discussions of the CRF team

During your internship, you will receive the guidance and support of our team. Your work will not only contribute to enhance the practice of soliciting feedback from grantees but will inform CRF’s decision-making based on actual data collected and can be used for motivating necessary improvements/changes within the Lifeline consortium. We will share and promote findings in publications, outreach events, and partnerships.


The CIVICUS Crisis Response Fund provides a way for civil society groups facing new restrictions on their work to apply for funding for emergency advocacy actions.
The Fund mobilises small grants for quick, principled and effective advocacy responses to events that threaten fundamental rights to associate and assemble freely. The fund also supports civil society through resiliency grants, designed to ensure that organisations have greater flexibility and creativity to proactively prevent and mitigate threats against their organizations. Since 2007, the Crisis Response Fund has supported civil society organization around the world by issuing 347 advocacy and resiliency grants. Since 2011, CIVICUS and this Fund are part of a coalition of international civil society partners administering the Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone keen to support civil society under threat and with strong motivation to carry out the envisaged assignments. A proactive and detail-oriented person, you like to work independently as well as with people from different backgrounds and cultures. You are result-driven, you have great analytical and presentation skills, you love to tackle big goals for a more just and sustainable world. You have a good command of English and – preferably- also of another official UN Language.

Desirable requirements include:

● Good analytical, data processing and presentation skills

● Availability to start in mid-January and be based in Johannesburg for three months

● Familiar with civil society, development and human rights issues; understanding the challenges and threats faced by marginalised citizens and organisations – especially those in the Global South and from change-seeking groups

● Ability to identify trends, differences in approach and findings based in different contexts

● Computer literacy, including collaborative applications such as Sharepoint, Google Docs etc

What do we offer?**

We offer a stimulating work environment in an international, dynamic organization with diverse, informal and very dedicated team.

Moreover, you will get an opportunity to:

● Contribute to deeper understanding around trends on civic space restrictions and to drawing good/bad practices on rapid response grant-making

● Have exposure to events and thought leadership related to global civil society

● Get access to a wide network of inspiring activists, innovators and funders

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Start date: Mid-January 2019

Duration: 3 months

Stipend: US$ 1 200 monthly


To apply, please submit :

· A 2-page CV;

· Contact details of 2 references;

to [email protected] by 07th December 2018

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not have heard from us within 2 weeks after your application, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.