Finance Internship at Defenders Coalition

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Finance Internship at Defenders Coalition is the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in Kenya, a national membership organization established in 2007 and registered under Kenyan law as a Trust to champion the safety, security and wellbeing of human rights defenders (HRDs). The Defenders Coalition works primarily for the protection of HRDs in Kenya. Among others, the Coalition strengthens capacities of HRDs to work more effectively, besides advocating for favourable legal, policy and institutional environments in order to reduce their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and or harm.

Finance Internship at Defenders Coalition

The membership of the Defenders Coalition includes Kenyan human rights organizations and individual HRDs. Defenders Coalition is on its part a member of various networks regionally and globally. These include among others Defend Defenders, formerly, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, World in Action, and CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Further, the Defenders Coalition has observer status with the African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR). Regionally, the Defenders Coalition has strategic partnerships with a broad array of civil society initiatives, movements and actors. VISION A just society founded on human rights. MISSION To champion the safety, security and wellbeing of Human Rights Defenders.

Job Type Contract
Qualification BA/BSc/HND
Location Nairobi
Job Field Finance / Accounting / Audit  , Internships / Volunteering 

The Programmes Intern will be responsible for:

  • Actively participating in the implementation of the Defenders Coalition activities under the direction and supervision of the Programme Officers.
  • Conducting monitoring, documentation and research in the various Defenders Coalition’s programme areas.
  • Assisting in logistical planning for meetings and trainings
  • Assisting in communication of the Defenders Coalition to partners via various platforms.
  • Representing Defenders Coalition in meetings and partner activities
  • Preparing timely reports as per stated guideline.
  • Monitoring and documenting cases or incidences of violations of human rights defenders‘ rights.
  • Assisting in administrative functions as will be assigned
  • Participating in fundraising efforts together with programme staff.
  • Any other relevant duty as may be assigned by the supervisor


  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant Social Sciences from a recognized University
  • Demonstrate commitment to and interest in human rights and human rights defenders issues/work.
  • High analytical skills and ability to conduct documentation and research.
  • Demonstrate understanding of national, regional and international framework for the protection of HRDs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in designing and executing communication interventions on governance and human rights issues.
  • Hands on experience in IT skills including working with website updates and social media.
  • Ability to draft documents including reports, policy briefs, concept notes.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills: verbal, writing and presentation skills;

The Applicant should possess the following attributes:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proactive problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently, in a team and under pressure
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to be a team player and perform exemplary well with minimal supervision.

Duration of internship:

The engagement shall be for a period of three (3) months with possibility of extension.


Defenders Coalition will provide a stipend for the duration of the internship.

Method of Application

Application deadline:

The application deadline is 20th August 2023.

How to apply:

This is a great opportunity for learning. It will provide opportunities of delving deep into the human rights  and civil society sector in Kenya and the region.

Interested candidates are required to submit an application for consideration by sending their resume including three (3) contacts of referees and a brief covering letter highlighting your key skills and your availability to indicating on the subject line “APPLICATION FOR INTERNSHIP”

The Cover letter should be addressed to:

The Secretariat

National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders of Kenya (NCHRD-K)

P.O. Box 26309 – 00100 GPO, Nairobi.

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