The People For Change Foundation (Malta)
"a just, fair and inclusive society all members of which may reach their full potential unhindered by factors such as age, race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."
The People For Change Foundation is a think thank based in Malta, which is committed to "to undertake research, advocacy and proactive action to promote social cohesion, respect for Human Rights and empowerment."
Their story starts in 2002, when the Malta witnessed the first wave of migrants and refugees coming from Sub-saharan Africa. Being Malta an emigratory country, there was the need to bring different layers of society to face the new policy and legal challenge. Since then, they have created a safe space for ideas to develop and nourish: debate, open discourse and a multi-layered collaboration can allow research outputs to be used for concrete change and policy recommendations in the field of migration, social integration and discrimination at the Maltese and European levels
Area of Work and Publications
What You Will Do As A Research and Projects Assistant. :
Carrying out background research on different topics as relevant to the organisation’s projects and priorities - see below the current project of PfC
Supporting the PfC team with research and drafting of reports.
Supporting the development of project concept notes and proposals.
Supporting the PfC team in achieving its strategic objectives.
Are there any non-legal tasks the intern is expected to do?
Supporting the PfC team in the organization of internal events.
Attending external events and preparing follow-up internal notes to share with the PfC team.
Supporting the coordination of the office and of the various projects.
Supporting the PfC team in achieving its strategic objectives.
A Bachelor/Master student pursuing a degree in a relevant subject (social science, law, research methods, international relations, politics, management etc)
Interest in human rights and the third sector, particularly in the fields of migration, asylum, equality, aid and youth.
Open-mindedness and a positive attitude
Enthusiasm and motivation
Strong analytical skills
Ability to work in a team, as well as to work independently on own initiative.
Fluency in English - C1 minimum (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Knowledge of Maltese could be an advantage.
Timing & Duration
summer intake - from 27th June 2022, for 5-6 months
autumn intake - from 12th September 2022, for 5-6 months
The intern works 5 days per week, 7.5h/day, from 9am to 5pm, including 30 min break, for a total of 37.5h per week.
Modality (in person/online)
Hybrid - Preferably in person at the offices of People For Change Foundation in Malta, with remote working hours due to covid-19.
Apply via the INTERNaction form (click "Apply" on this page) - applications are open from 20.03.2022,10am until 10.4.2021, 12am.
INTERNaction holds interviews and pre-select the best candidates
Pre-selected candidates will have a zoom call with PfC staff
PfC reviews the 2 best successful candidates and establishes a first contact via email
Financial Matters & Accommodation
The internship is not remunerated. The intern does not have to pay any fee to PfC.
PfC does not provide meals nor accommodations facilities, yet they have an Internship Handbook containing some useful information to help the intern to plan and get settled in Malta. .
The intern has to cover transportation costs.
Covid-19 related Requirements and Regulations
Intern must abide by all health measures that are being implemented in Malta at the time of internship must be rigorously followed.
PfC does not require mandatory vaccinations for interns, but they encourage to follow the minimum health standard and requirements upon arrival issued by the government, here are useful links:
https://foreignandeu.gov.mt/en/Government/Pages/COVID-19-Info.aspx for arrival requirements
https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/mitigation-conditions-and-guidances.aspx for mandatory standards and guidance
https://www.maltairport.com/covid19/ for airport advice
APPLICATIONS FOR INTERNSHIP IN SUMMER / FALL 2022 CLOSED. SUBSCRIBE TO BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE NEXT OPPORTUNITIES!
Upholding Migrants Rights in the Fight Against COVID-19
COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation that challenged governments in so many ways. Yet, the novel character of the current health crisis should not justify less human rights protection of migrants. Accordingly, People for Change is committed to analyse the ways migrants were affected by the covid-19 outbreak, socially, economically and legally. The goal of this project is to provide clear guidelines and principles that can help the government and local civil society organisations to ensure human rights protection of migrants, especially in these challenging times.
Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality
Why and how do young people become, or not become radicalised (engaged in violent extremist ideologies and behaviours)?
This is the question that the project DARE seeks to answer, by using innovative empirical research and investigate the new communicative channels and the factors that lead youngsters to develop radical ideas and eventually engage in violent behaviours. The reason why studying radicalisation is so important lays in the long-term dramatic consequences that such phenomena have on society and social behaviours. By contributing to interdisciplinary and empirical research out-puts within the DARE project, People for Change aims at providing the necessary tools to properly address the problem of radicalisation through policy-making and a dialogue on equality.
Support and Advice Through Health System for Hate Crimes Victims (SHELTER)
Hate crime is under-reported and the victims suffer the consequences of it, primarily with regard to health care access. Through the SHELTER project, the People for Change Foundation aims at raising awareness about hate crime. To this end, the project intends to facilitate the identification of victims of hate crime by health workers, by means of an an International Network of Healthcare Workers. It shall also be ensured that victims are supported by health care providers with medical and socio-psychological traits that are appropriate to the circumstances.
National Coordination: European Website on Integration
The European Website on Integration is a European Commission initiative gathering good practices of member states in the field of social integration of migrants. As the Malta's coordinator, the People for Change Foundation is tasked with the continuous update on the platform regarding news stories, policy initiatives, new legal instruments adopted, enforcement activities to improve the social integration of migrants in the Community.
FRANET National Focal point
The people for Change Foundation is the National Focal point for the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union. Since 2011, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency investigates selected human rights issues in different member states through the research contribution of the National Focal Points. The research outputs are then employed to write comparative national reports.
Report Racism Malta
Since 2014, the People for Change Foundation has started the project Report Racism Malta to gather all occurrences of discriminatory and racist behaviours happening in Malta. The ensemble of collected empirical data is able to provide a clearer picture of what racism looks like in Malta and to raise awareness on areas of improvements. Additionally, PfC aims at supporting victims of racism to denounce the suffered crime as well as access eventual legal remedies.
Do you see yourself working at the people for Change Foundation? Are you driven to contribute to research projects in a think thank focused on human rights, non-discrimination and migrants' rights?
APPLICATIONS FOR INTERNSHIPS IN SUMMER / FALL 2022 CLOSED. SUBSCRIBE TO BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE NEXT OPPORTUNITIES!