OPIC is the U.S. Government's development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. OPIC projects have generated $74 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 275,000 American jobs.
Office of Accountability
The Office of Accountability is an independent office within OPIC that addresses concerns, complaints or conflicts about environmental or social issues that may arise around OPIC-supported projects. The Office provides project-affected communities, project sponsors, and project workers an opportunity to have such concerns independently reviewed and addressed.
The Office offers two types of services: It can work with the parties to a conflict to help resolve it (available to both project-affected parties and OPIC clients). The Office can also conduct an investigation about how OPIC applied its relevant policies to the OPIC-supported project (available to project-affected parties, as well as OPIC’s Board and President). The Office is mandated to provide these services upon request in a manner that is accessible, fair, objective, and transparent. In providing its services, the Office complements OPIC’s mission as a financial institution that promotes environmentally and socially-sustainable development.
The intern will substantively support the activities of OPIC's Office of Accountability in strengthening the environmental and social sustainability of OPIC transactions through problem-solving processes, compliance reviews, outreach, and advisory services.
The intern must have knowledge of the U. S. foreign policy structure, international development, and foreign direct investment. He or she must posses excellent research, written and oral communication, organizational and inter-personal skills.
Candidates should ideally demonstrate familiarity with environmental, human rights, and labor rights issues in developing countries; dispute resolution processes, and the role of development finance agencies in stimulating international private investment.