Internship: International Librarian

11.14.16 –  International Librarian Internship
Relief International, Jordan (US NGO)

Sarah P’s comments: This is a unique position for anyone with school library experience and seeking to gain international experience and/or experience with an NGO, which can lead to further career possibilities. Note: they do not list a timeline and they are requesting fluency in English and Arabic. (I am not sure they will get this- I would apply anyway and work on learning Arabic.)
Glassdoor Reviews for Relief International

ABOUT RI: Established in 1990, Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian organization that transforms adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Innovatively, RI bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Position Summary 

Under the supervision of the Education Program Manager, and in close collaboration with RI team, the intern will assist in the establishment and running of four libraries located in four educational centers in Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps. With limited resources, in a challenging environment, intern will work toward making libraries safe learner-friendly spaces, which stimulate learning processes, socialization and at the same time operate as a resource center for a wider community.

Position Responsibilities and Duties 

  • Assist in designing and equipping interior space in a functional and creative way
  • Draft library curriculum that will include educational and recreational activities and develop reading habits among children, adolescents and youth
  • Incorporate information literacy instruction in library services
  • Develop professional capacities of several Syrian volunteers who will work as librarians during and after the internship period
  • Create context specific classification system and lead on the development of networked library catalogue
  • Develop collections of both printed and digital educational material
  • Establish relationship with other libraries in Jordan and seek ways for potential collaboration
  • Establish relationship with other education providers inside the camps and explore possibility for the development of central catalogue and ILL services within/between camps
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications and requirements: 

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Experience and passion to work with children, adolescents and youth.
  • Strong organizational skills and written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively and professionally.
  • Experience in library instruction and library work.
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, initiative, and self-starter
  • English and Arabic fluency is required.
  • Information and computer literacy (MS Office package).

Preferred:

  • Degree in pedagogy or teaching qualification in addition to LIS qualification
  • Previous work experience in conflict, post-conflict environments, ideally in the Middle East with refugees.
  • Experience working in a school library.
  • Understanding of open access issues and Open Educational Resources.
  • Ability to use a variety of technological applications for library and classroom use.

RI Values: 

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
To apply click on this link: http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=RI&cws=4&rid=912

 

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