M&E / Learning Intern, SD=HS

Oxfam Novib


Do you want to fight for equality? Tackling inequality at its roots, together with colleagues, our partner organizations and activists in more than 90 countries? To change the systems behind it, once and for all!

Oxfam Novib stands behind the people who stand up for equality. Together, we fight for a world where everyone has equal opportunities, regardless of gender, ethnicity or skin color. A world where everyone feels safe; where income gaps are shrinking instead of growing, where climate change is tackled in a firmer and more honest way.

Equality is the common thread throughout our activities and projects, but also internally. We are aware that our team of colleagues can be even more diverse and that having a diverse team is the only way to see the world from a broad perspective. To obtain a multi-voiced team, we are therefore calling in particular on women, members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, or people with disabilities to apply for this internship.

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M&E / Learning Intern

This internship is hosted by the GREEN/Climate Resilience team at Oxfam Novib. The main objective of the internship is to support the Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security program (SD=HS) collect and share data and information to partners, donors and the Oxfam community, presenting the main results after four years of activities. The colleague providing the support and guidance is the MEL officer of SD=HS.

Oxfam Novib’s SD=HS program (www.sdhsprogram.org) works to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and indigenous people through the enhanced management of food plant diversity. The program works with an integrated approach supporting farmers’ seed management processes and their connection to local markets. It focuses on local food plants as alternative food source to improve food and nutrition security and works towards an enabling policy environment that supports farmers’ seed systems. Its mission is to support indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers – men, women and youth – for them to enjoy their Farmers’ Rights and to have the capacity to access, develop and use plant genetic resources to improve their food and nutrition security under conditions of climate change.

SD=HS works in eight countries together with the world’s leading civil society organizations. It is a knowledge and research-driven program that aims to provide knowledge an information in four strategic areas (1) knowledge generation and exchange by indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers, (2) strategic positioning towards external stakeholders, (3) performance management and accountability and (4) hosting a community of practice with and beyond project stakeholders. These activities are implemented together with representatives of the Learning, Innovation and Knowledge (LINK) unit at Oxfam Novib.

Key tasks

The objectives of this internship assignment are to support the SD=HS team

  • measure outputs and outcomes. Reflecting SD=HS’s Theory of Change, the MEAL plan includes a series of Key Performance Indicators for both outputs and outcomes. These values and targets are complied and reviewed every six months, and then contrasted with the information collected during the baseline studies. The program is now interested in showing how much change occurred during the last 4 years, and how much of it can be attributed to our activities;
  • collect additional data. During four years, SD=HS has collected a significant amount of information with online questionnaires, describing in detail the activities implemented as part of the Farmer Field Schools that have been running in the different countries. This database needs to be completed so that it accurately reflects the reality in the ground;
  • collect stories and qualitative information. Questionnaires are not the only way to collect information: SD=HS also carries out interviews with partners and other stakeholders, and invites these individuals to share their ideas in regular webinars. This is an ongoing activity involving other Oxfam Country Offices and partner organizations; and
  • share the most important lessons and recommendations. The lessons and recommendations collected have already served as important input when preparing a new project proposal, an overall 4 year report on SDHS or for the outline of a new campaign – and need to be used in the same way during the coming six months. SD=HS also shares a monthly newsletter partners share case studies, which will continue being used for sharing information and for inviting partners to exchange ideas and opinions.

During the internship period, the intern will have the opportunity to engage with Oxfam staff working with different affiliates, in various country teams, and with the SD=HS partner organizations.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a highly motivated, result-oriented individual who will join our efforts for a few months. He/she needs to have:

  • A good understanding of land and natural resources governance issues.
  • Experience with knowledge management and communication.
  • Good command of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Power Point, Excel and Word).
  • Good data management skills (with experience with, for example, Power Query).
  • Good communication skills in English, verbal and written. Working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the internships at Oxfam Novib must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an active student of 18 years of age minimum.
  • Be enrolled at a Dutch educational institution (first level university degree, higher schools (HBO) or other).
  • Have less than 3 years of relevant full-time work experience.
  • Have legal right to live and work in The Netherlands or be prepared to obtain the right to follow an internship as part of their study in the Dutch educational institution, by signing a three-party internship agreement.
  • Any staff member who has previously been in employment with Oxfam Novib shall not be hired as an intern.

How to apply

Our offer

An intern in Oxfam Novib is offered an internship contract for the duration of the internship and a monthly allowance based on €450,- per month on a basis of a 36-hour work week, pro-rata in case of less hours.

The intern is expected to have a student OV card; however, if not applicable, a reimbursement of commuting costs will be offered.

Oxfam Novib works on hybrid basis – partly from office, partly from home.

During the internship, the intern is supervised, overarching by the manager and daily/weekly by a designated colleague/buddy. The period of this internship takes place between August/September 2023 until Januari/Februari 2024 (approximately a period of 5 months).

Working at Oxfam Novib

All our work is guided by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.

At Oxfam Novib, we work according to the Feminist Principles – Oxfam Policy & Practice.

Oxfam Novib is based on the power of difference. That is why we aim to attract a diverse mix of talented people who share our standards, values, and principles, and who are committed to prevent and eliminate any type of misconduct.

We have an active policy against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any form of abuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. This subject will be covered in our application and selection process.

Additional information

Do you believe that this is the internship you are looking for?

Then we would like to receive your application before 01 June 2023, we will start the interviews as soon as we have enough candidates, so don’t wait too long to submit your application! Please note that only applications received before the closing date and submitted via our application portal will be taken into consideration. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Jorge Chavez-Tafur, MEAL Advisor, SD=HS. Email: [email protected]

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