Project Officer in the Cybersecurity Agenda for Advocacy Groups in Jaffna with the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO)

Internship Opportunity

Location: Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Host organisation: National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO)

NAFSO works for a just and prosperous society, where resources are equally distributed, and peace, justice and human rights prevail for all, regardless of race, religion or gender.

Required skills: The candidate must have a technical diploma or university degree in a field related to journalism, media, communication, ICT or any other relevant training. He or she must speak English and have good writing skills.


Help launch a computer security training program for advocacy groups in Jaffna, in collaboration with the District Fisheries Organization in Jaffna:

  • Help develop a logic model and the performance measurement framework (PMF).
  • Conduct an IT security needs and expectations assessment with the District Fisheries Organization team in Jaffna and of other organizations and human rights advocates.
  • Lead a cybersecurity risk analysis for human rights defenders in the region, in collaboration with the NAFSO team and other participating organizations,
  • Select a group of human rights advocates and computer scientists who have the potential to act as resource persons and trainers in Jaffna and the region.
  • Review the tools designed in Negombo.
  • Collaboratively create a training plan.
  • Offer trainings for trainers in English.
  • Support the team in training other human rights advocates in the Jaffna region.
  • Evaluate and document the process and share the tools developed with other partners.

Other prerequisites: All trainees must complete the training program before their stay abroad. Alternatives will cover the travel and accommodation costs of interns living outside of the Montreal area.

Length of stay abroad: 6 months

Pre-departure training: July 2019

Expected date of departure: August 2019


To be eligible for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), the candidate must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Have a post-secondary diploma and have obtained a degree or diploma from a university, college, post-secondary technology school, post-secondary institute or CEGEP (general education college and professional in Quebec);
  • Be between the ages of 19 to 30 when the final selection is made (when the contracts between the trainee and Alternatives are signed);
  • Have never participated in the IYIP.


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