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Intern learning organization

We are looking for an:

Intern learning organization

An internship position for maximum 36 hours per week for a period of 6 months

Liliane Fonds and MIVA stand for an inclusive and diverse society in which everyone can participate, regardless of backgrounds, characteristics and preferences. We are an organization in which all those different colleagues are respected and belong. Together we achieve the best results.

Liliane Fonds improves the quality of life and prospects of children with disabilities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We believe participation is a right – not a privilege. We aim to use our expertise in education, health care, rehabilitation, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and livelihoods to set up large-scale community based rehabilitation programs that offer sustainable solutions to pressing social issues. In order to further diversify our funding, we are strengthening our new institutional fundraising team.

The Liliane Foundation initiated Breaking down Barriers in 2015 to enable organisations within and outside our network to enhance the effectiveness and quality of their programmes. Unlike existing knowledge, Breaking down Barriers is directly tied to the realities and agendas of Southern civil society organisations and the Liliane Foundation and presented in an actionable way. Through academic research and bringing together civil society organisations and researchers from the Netherlands, Cameroon, Sierra-Leone and Zambia we aim to offer relevant evidence and tools in the field of disability inclusive advocacy and development.

Liliane Fonds has the ambition to become a learning organisation, with the Breaking down Barriers (BDB) project being one of its flagship projects to stimulate learning on topics that are important for both partner organisations and Liliane Fonds to further strengthen the impact of the programmes in the field of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR).

As an intern Learning Organization you will investigate effective paths to become a learning organization and ways to successfully stimulate learning among partners and Liliane Fonds. You will contribute to the dissemination of learnings from the BDB project and to the design of effective knowledge sharing within the project as well as within the Liliane Fonds for the coming years. This way, you, in collaboration with your colleagues from the International Partnerships and Programs (IPP) department, will contribute to structural change and to an inclusive society in the countries where we operate.

What are you going to do?

  • Conduct (grey) literature research, scout for organisations with a learning culture or learning agenda and conduct surveys and/or interviews with these organizations and relevant (Liliane Fonds & partner) staff to identify and analyse best practices of successful learning organisations in the field of development cooperation. This includes learning culture within the organisation and learning exchange between organizations that are collaborating through partnerships, but could also include learning tools/software;
  • Draft a report including recommendations to the Liliane Fonds and the Breaking Down Barriers team in developing a strategy to become an effective learning organisation, including the stimulation of learning between partners and the use of learnings by different teams/departments within Lilian Fonds;
  • Depending on your study needs, the report may be developed into a BA/MA thesis. In this case, the thesis needs to be accompanied with a (summary) policy report;
  • Participate in the organisation of a learning conference of Breaking Down Barriers, which is planned in September 2024;
  • Depending on your interests, you may be included in additional topics that the PMEL team is working on in relation to learning.

You will be part of the project team Breaking Down Barriers and of the PMEL team within the department International Programmes and Partnerships, and report to the team lead of the PMEL team.

What are you capable of?

You show enthusiasm and drive for strengthening learning. You have an excellent ability to collect and analyze data and to arrive at substantiated recommendations. You know how to efficiently deploy the right time, actions, resources and people needed to achieve your goals. You function well in a team and proactively propose solutions and proposals.

You show an interest in the disability field and/or inclusion and in international development in general. Finally, you recognize yourself in the three core values of the Liliane Fonds: openness, connection, and trust.

What do you bring?

  • Advanced BA/MA student at a Dutch institute in the field of international relations, international development, gender & inclusion studies, or related field;
  • Knowledge of learning within organizations or development programs; practical experience is an advantage;
  • Analytical skills and skills in preparing and presenting reports;
  • Oral and written communication skills in English and Dutch on C1/C2 level. Knowledge of French is an advantage;
  • Skills in intercultural communication;
  • Organizational skills and affinity with contributing to international knowledge exchange events;
  • Availability to contribute to both the preparations and facilitation of the planned conference of Breaking Down Barriers in September is a definite advantage;
  • Affinity with the Liliane Foundation and our mission;
  • Experience with development cooperation is an advantage.

What does the Liliane Foundation offer you?

An internship fee (EU 400 per month based on full time internship) and travel allowance.

An attractive workplace, housed in a former convent with a beautiful courtyard garden in the heart of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and a 7-minute walk from the railway station. Possibilities to work partly from home.

The organization places importance on creating an inclusive work environment. Inclusive recruitment and selection practices are followed, and the office is designed to be accessible. Employees can also adjust two collective days off to coincide with important personal holidays.

Finally, the Liliane Fonds cares about the well-being of its employees. We are proud that our employees, on average, rated the organization with an 8.


Please send your motivation and CV by e-mail to the HR team (sollicitatie@lilianefonds.nl) Applications will be considered when submitted before the deadline (9 april). For more information about the position, please contact Dianne van Oosterhout, team manager PMEL (dvoosterhout@lilianefonds.nl).

The Liliane Foundation has an active integrity and child safeguarding policy. All employees, volunteers and interns sign the code of conduct and are obliged to comply with it. In our code of conduct, child safeguarding has specific attention. All staff, volunteers and interns are also required to submit a Criminal Record Check (VOG). We also do a reference/integrity check with previous employers during the application process.