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Why we're recruiting

The key goals of Women in Foreign Policy (WiFP) is to change the make-up of the foreign policy workforce at large. This means more women, people of colour, people with disabilities as well as people who don’t come from a “standard” foreign-policy background.

One of the key stops to these people entering foreign policy is the over reliance of the industry, from the NGOs to the newsrooms, on free or poorly-paid labour. So when I launched WiFP, I refused to hire interns.

But three years in, I am facing a dilemma. To keep WiFP strong, we need to publish content and put on events. Creating that content takes time, a lot of it I undertake myself. While I am working on that content, I can’t work on getting sponsorships for WiFP, which means that I am not securing a way to hire paid people for WiFP.

The other thing is that WiFP so far, in purely money terms (so not equating the time I spend on it with £), has cost me about £10,000 in three years. Which is both very little, considering how many women it’s helped, and a lot, considering this money comes from the salary from my full time job.

So in 2018, I am recruiting volunteers to help develop Women in Foreign Policy, so that I can get to a point where I can pay the people who work for the website.

We encourage women of colour, LGBTQ+ women, disabled women and women from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

What current WiFP contributors say about what working with us has taught them:

Lauren, 23, GDL student who recently completed an MA in Human Rights (UCL)

Becoming involved with Women In Foreign Policy was one of the best things I did during my master's. International lawyers, think tank directors, cutting-edge academics: writing for the site let me meet the women I most admire, and share their advice with an audience of similarly aspirational people. I could not recommend the experience more.

Aisha, 24, Law student at SOAS

Success always looks like a work in progress. No one fulfils all their dreams overnight. You have to work hard for a long time to make your dreams come true.  Women are always looking for ways to help other women. It never hurts to reach out and ask for a favour or find an opportunity to learn from your female heroes.


How to apply

Deadline: 20 January

Email: womeninforeignpolicy@gmail.com with “application - [job title you are applying for]” in the subject line

What to include: a CV and a few sentences as to why you would be perfect for that job and how it will help develop your job prospects.

Next stage: I will review the applications and be in touch with interview slots by 30 January.


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Social media coordinator x2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events coordinator x1

Location: Worldwide with regular catch ups in person (London) or via conference

Workload: 12 to 20 hours a month for a minimum of six months

Key requirements: Good grasp of English, interest in foreign policy careers, ability to meet deadlines and to work independently. Knowledge of Squarespace a plus.  

Output:

  • A minimum of two interviews per months, from contacting the interviewees to transcribing, editing and publishing on the WiFP website

  • At least half of your interviews need to be with women of colour, disabled women, LGBTQ+ women etc

  • Suggest new women to interview

  • You will sit on the editorial board, helping establish the editorial calendar  

What you will get out of it: This is a great way to develop your foreign policy network and to explore future career options. Understanding of a website’s editorial process.


Location: Worldwide with regular catch ups in person (London) or via teleconference

Workload: 5 to 10 hours a week for a minimum of six months

Key requirements: basic understanding of social media best-practices, ability to work independently, keen to keep up-to-date on gender and foreign policy news. Knowledge of Canva or Photoshop a plus.

Output

  • Promote new interviews across x3 channels Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

  • Create visuals on Canva to promote the interviews

  • Pre-, during and post-event promotion and activity

  • Re-promote old content across x3 channels Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

  • Share content relevant to our public (job ads, articles etc)

  • In partnership with the newsletter coordinator, promote the newsletter

What you will learn: Key skills on running a social media strategy for an organisation.


Location: Worldwide with regular catch ups in person (London) or via teleconference

Workload: 20 hours a month for a minimum of six months

Key requirements: Attention to detail, ability to work independently, interest in management/gender/foreign policy thought. Knowledge of MailChimp/TinyLetter a plus

Output:

  • Support the WiFP editor with the bi-monthly general newsletter

  • Round up relevant links to include in the bi-monthly newsletter

  • Craft targeted messages to relevant segments of the database

  • Maintain the WiFP database

  • In partnership with the social media coordinator, promote the newsletter

What you will learn: Run a newsletter strategy including segmentation and targeted messaging; how to use MailChimp.


Location: London

Workload: 5 to 10 hours a week for a minimum of six months

Key requirements: Organised and with a keen attention to detail, awareness of the foreign policy calendar and of key career challenges faced by women (including from minorities) at various stages of their careers. Previous experience in organising events a plus.

Output:

  • Organise monthly networking dinners

  • Organise regular themed career events

  • Help run WiFP career workshops both in person and online

  • Help set up and run the WiFP bookclub

  • In partnership with the university liaison coordinators, organise WiFP-branded events at uni

What you will learn: Organise and run events. Develop an event strategy in relation with an editorial calendar.