Field Attachment Guidelines

for internships in the Master programmes "Gender and Development" (GAD) and "Gender and Peace Studies" (GAPS)


1. Introduction


The field attachment is a practical exercise for the students. The students will be attached to one relevant institution / organization or NGO for a period of six weeks. The purpose of the attachment is to give the students a practicum opportunity that will gain and exchange experience. Empowerment is the key element in this exercise. Students are expected to apply their theoretical knowledge into the field, in order to examine the applicability of the theoretical models of development and of WID/GAD in a project setup. Students will acquire certain skills of gender sensitive analysis of projects; including SWOT analysis; the empowerment model analysis, and, other techniques of in-depth and critical analysis skills.

Moreover, the gender planning and organization management approaches will be examined referring to the case of the organization which student is attached. Also, student can assess the degree of effectiveness; taking into consideration the project cycles framework of Harvard and Mosers. In addition, students are expected to bring about new effective approaches that suit the sustainability of development projects for the target group addressed by the organization. This effective model should be cost-effective gender sensitivity addresses the cultural diversity setup of the society, and the strategic / practical needs of the project beneficiaries. The issues of gender equality; women rights; democracy and justice should be also considered in the analysis.


2. The aims of the field attachment


a) To train students to be critical in actual situation.

b) To use their theoretical knowledge and apply it to real situation.

c) To link between the theoretical knowledge of GAD/GAPs to the organization context, mandate, policies and activities.


3. Learning objectives of the field attachment


a) To train students to be acquainted with analytical abilities in project/institutional analysis.

b) To be able to link and examine the applicability of the theoretical knowledge into the organization context.

c) To assess the approaches, policies and strategies applied in the organization from gender mainstreaming perspective (using SWOT analysis model).

d) To be able to create a relevant gender sensitive model/approach that suite the organization.

e) To be able to examine how far the organization succeed in advocate / lobbing for: CPA – Democracy / CEDAW / Gender equality empowerment / ...etc.


4. Logistics Guideline


- The student should spend six week at the field.

- To collect information from available secondary sources.

- To conduct direct and indirect interviews/conversation / observation.

- Highlighting the gender component and the alternative perspective: for gender mainstreaming in the organizations programs.

- To attach as annexes any relevant information, such as tables and photos, etc.

- The report to be typed and presented at workshop /seminar in July.

- The report to be not more that 60 typed A4 pages 1.5 spaced.

- Each student will be assigned to a supervisor from the academic staff. The supervisor will read and mark the reports.


5. Duration


Overall duration is eight weeks (May – July) distributed as follows:


- Six weeks: 6 hours / visit (May – Mid June).

- Mid-June – 1st July writing of reports (1st and final reports).

- 6th – 13th July workshop presentation.


6. Assessment


- Final Scientific Report: 40%.

- Workshop presentation: 20%.

- Organization feedback / assessment including attendance: 25%.

- First report after 3 weeks (overview about organization: 15%.

- Total Mark: 100%.


Here you can download the letter for the organization, the form for the student assessment and the report guideline.