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Accessibility for All Working Group Internship

About ITF
The International Transport Forum (ITF) is a global intergovernmental organisation with 63 member countries within the OECD family. The ITF works to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion and to raise the public profile of transport policy. It acts as a platform for discussion and pre-negotiation of policy issues across all transport modes. We analyse trends, share knowledge and promote exchange among transport decision-makers and civil society.

About the Internship
The ITF is looking for an intern to support the work on the Accessibility for All working group and the wider accessibility work of the ITF, which will be relevant for the ITF Transport Outlook 2023. The Accessibility for All working group will consider how governments can best ensure that all transport users have adequate accessibility in the context of a sustainable mobility future. This will include a particular focus on the needs of vulnerable demographics, including the elderly, people with disabilities, low-income groups, and residents of urban peripheries, regional towns and remote areas. The main topics are likely to include making sustainable transport physically accessible to all, addressing the digital divide in the transport context, providing affordable public transport for the periphery, the role of on-demand public transport services and their integration with other modes, and addressing cultural impediments to modal shift. The internship will be full-time based in the OECD headquarter in Paris. Given the current pandemic situation, a remote internship may be possible, subject to agreement between the candidate and the hiring manager.

Main Responsibilities
This internship intends to support the development of a broad evidence base for the Accessibility for All working group and wider accessibility work. Under the guidance of the project lead, the candidate will contribute to different tasks involved in running the working group, including the following:
• Conduct desk research on designated topics related to Accessibility for All
• Collate responses to surveys / calls for evidence and prepare case studies
• Work with subject matter experts to collect relevant literature
• Prepare materials for working group meetings, such as agendas, input materials and minutes
• Participate in meetings
• Support outreach activities through engagement with participants

Requirements and Experience
• Currently studies in or recently completed a graduate programme in transport, urban planning, engineering, economics, public policy, political science, development studies or another relevant discipline.
• Familiarity with the broader topics of sustainable mobility and accessibility, and a desire to learn more about the subjects
• Research skills: capacity to find and identify relevant papers on a specific issue and the ability to extract the main conclusions from a given strand of the literature
• Excellent drafting skills in English; ability to organise and summarise complex material
• Proficiency in the use of standard software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
• Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work harmoniously as part of a multicultural and international team
• Ability to work individually or in teams while maintaining an openness to coaching and feedback
• Experience managing activities or projects is a plus

Internship Duration
The internship duration is six months. However, the duration can vary, subject to the agreement between the candidate and the hiring manager.
The ideal starting date of the internship is 1 September 2022.

Eligibility and Compensation
• Internships are only open for candidates enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational or research academic programme for the duration of their internship. Online courses or other forms of academic programmes that do not award students with a degree (Bachelor, Master or PhD) will not be recognised as an accredited programme.
• To be considered a qualified candidate, the applicant can be a national of any country, however nationals of ITF member countries will be given preference.
• Interns at the OECD do not receive a salary. However, the OECD grants a contribution to living expenses of around 700 Euros per calendar month worked. 

Applicants Wishing to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter, explaining their qualifications for the internship. Applicants are also encouraged to submit two relevant writing samples that demonstrate their qualifications and expertise. Please submit your application to Orla McCarthy at Orla.McCarthy@itf-oecd.org.
We thank all those who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be accepted until 20 May 2022.
Please note that candidates may also be selected before the end of the application deadline in the case the volume/quality of the applications received is high.

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