MENA Internship 2018

Search for Common Ground
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 03

Position description

We are Searchers.  

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.  

It’s our purpose- our call to action. 

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where: 
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm 

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.  Inclusivity. Courage.  Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

We are searching for…

Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated, and creative program intern to join the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional team. Based in Washington, DC, the intern will provide support to SFCG’s MENA regional programming and its six country offices: Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, and Jerusalem. Duties of this internship will contribute to the design of programs and proposals, developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for sustainable peace and conflict transformation, and supporting a number of projects implemented by Search’s field offices. Along the way, interns will be given the opportunity to practice high-level, professional skills.

This internship is unpaid. Competitive candidates must be available to work 24-40 hours per week and able to start January 2018 with a commitment of at least 4 months. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to a full academic year, pending a midterm review.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with grant proposals for country and regional programs, including but not limited to drafting context framing, developing theories of change, articulating program activities, drafting logframes, and developing M&E plans and indicators.
  • Researching contextual information to enhance program design.
  • Editing reports from country offices for language and fluidity.
  • Maintaining the MENA team’s communications strategy, including compiling updates from country offices, revamping website content, and creating visibility pieces for social media and other outlets.
  • Collaborating with other departments to share MENA expertise.
  • Planning travel and meeting logistics.
  • Performing other supportive and administrative duties as needed.
  • Perform French and/or Arabic translations, if possible. 

As internship descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

You are…
You meet the following qualifications:

  • BA or MA (completed or in progress) in international relations, conflict resolution, Middle East studies, international development, or a related field.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills in English.
  • Practical experience with program design, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Interest in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Familiarity with the MENA region.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with minimal supervision.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and willing to take on tasks small and large. 
  • Prior international or cross-cultural experience.

The ideal candidate will further exhibit:

  • Ability to write and translate in French and/or Arabic preferred. .

While we will make this a rewarding and enriching experience, this internship is unpaid.

Application instructions

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