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WWF-internship: Influencing local voices for Climate Policy

WWF-NL is looking for an intern for the programme Voices for Just Climate Action.

WWF-internship: Influencing local voices for Climate Policy

Zeist HBO/UNIV € 270

Background of WWF: the host organization for this research

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international organization for the protection of nature with the mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which Humans live in harmony with nature. The organization has independent offices in around 100 countries in the world forming a global network. There is a common worldwide strategy that focusses on the conservation of the biodiversity on the planet and the reduction of the global footprint to a level that is within the limits of the earth. WWF looks for solutions in cooperation with governments, companies and civil society to realize protection of species and their habitats and a sustainable use of environmental resources.

Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA):

VCA is one of WWF programs aimed to mobilize an alliance of global and local voices connecting a diverse range of civil society organizations (CSO’s) representing women, youth, indigenous people, urban poor, digital activists and more. The alliance is led by four strong Southern CSOs – Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), Fundacion Avina, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and South South North (SSN) – and two Global CSOs – Hivos and WWF-Netherlands.

The alliance aims to influence a world where civil society is heard and respected. A world where civil society co-creates locally relevant, inclusive and fundable climate solutions. A world where local civil society is an agent of change and influences policies and practices to the benefit of these solutions. As part of local and global responses to the climate crisis, these climate solutions will deliver real benefits to people and nature. The alliance works on this vision through three strategic interventions:

  1. Mutual capacity strengthening for co-creating alternative scaled climate solutions
  2. Agenda-setting and movement in climate action through amplified storytelling
  3. Joint lobbying and advocacy to make policy and financial flows responsive to locally shaped climate solutions

The approach:

VCA presents a fair, just and solution-oriented agenda that integrates social and economic rights into climate action. Together – alliance partners and local civil society organizations - we create a democratic playing field and amplify the inventive local solutions to spur a broader development. By doing so, we are set to shape a new reality for people and nature.

We build broad societal support for local solutions and stimulate action from diverse perspectives and alternative approaches. We facilitate new unexpected coalitions that protect and expand civic space and engage in inclusive dialogue that builds mutual trust. In doing so, we shift ownership to local civil society and support them in movement building, raising their voice to the global level and challenging power balances.

We see women leadership as key to ensuring the voices of marginalized groups are heard. Gender equality is a building block for a powerful approach to climate justice. By acknowledging the root causes of the problem and integrating an intersectional analysis, we seek to address inequalities and transform power relationships based on gender and identity, race, and class, among others.

Policy Lobby and Advocacy in VCA

The VCA-Alliance is in process of elaborating its policy and influencing strategy that will be used to guide our engagement with the global climate policy. It will includes mapping the spaces, actors and channels, tactics of engagement to achieve the VCA goal.


WWF seeks a practice-internship to support two type of activities:

  1. Developing and implementing the lobby and advocacy strategy
  2. Communications

Methodology: Periodically map and identify the spaces and content needed to influence targeted policies and programs to achieve VCA goals.

Student Profile:

Master student in any of the following: Governance, Policy, Communications, Geography, Political Studies or similar. The student should have strong IT and communications skills, experience in public relations and good English writing skills. Dutch writing is a plus.

Period: 4-6 months, preferably to start in June (to be discussed)

Allowance: Students in NL achieve an allowance of €270,- per month on a full time basis

Information and Questions: contact your supervisor or Natascha Zwaal (nzwaal@wwf.nl)


Please send your CV and motivation letter before May 1 to Natascha Zwaal (nzwaal@wwf.nl) and Barbara Nakangu (bnakangu@wwf.nl)