Program Assistant

International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

The International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD) is seeking to hire a Program Assistant who will work with the ICRD team to provide support for specific projects, particularly in Yemen and Saudi Arabia and with grant proposals - including but not limited to the following:

●      Provide administrative and programming support including: communications, drafting of documents, and logistical support;

●      Coordinate team visits, travel authorizations, expense reports, and contract agreements to support implementation of programs;

●      Assist with writing summaries of project activities and results including quarterly and other program reports for funding agencies;

●      Assist the team with project oversight, including financial tracking and progress towards program deliverables;

●      Collect and track news and data sources on recent developments in Yemen;

●      Conduct desk research to support senior staff on analyzing interreligious dynamics in countries of interest, including determining drivers of religious conflicts, mapping peacebuilding activities and assessment of religious minority rights;

●      Support compilation and analysis of data from monitoring & evaluation activities;

●      Possible travel to assist with field-programming and training logistics;

●      Other tasks as designated by senior staff.


●      Strong inter-personal skills;

●      Meaningful experience in supporting project management, administration, and implementation;

●      Commitment to religious pluralism and religious freedom;

●      Demonstrated interest in the fields of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, tolerant religious education and/or faith-based reconciliation;

●      Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills;

●      Willingness to be flexible and contribute beyond normal tasks and areas of expertise;

●      Ability to handle multiple competing deadlines, as well as adapt to differences in cultural and professional styles across country contexts;

●      Effective at working as part of a team in a diverse and fluid environment;

●      Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems with minimal supervision;

●      Legally authorized to work in the United States (ICRD is unable to sponsor visas at this time);

●     Fluency in English, both written and spoken;

●      Bachelor’s Degree with 2 years of relevant experience in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, Religious Studies or related field or Master’s Degree in same.


Additional Skills – some or all of the following are preferred:

●      Fluency in both written and spoken Arabic strongly preferred;

●      Fluency in French, Spanish, Amharic, or Bahasa Indonesia;

●      Experience in grants management, including working with USG grant mechanisms;

●      Experience in program design;

●      Experience in designing financial management tools;

●      Experience in teacher training and textbook design and evaluation;  

●      In-depth knowledge of at least one religion or religious community, combined with an ability to look broadly, analytically and comparatively at a diverse spectrum of religious beliefs and practices in a certain country or region;

●      In-depth knowledge of Saudi Arabia’s education sector or the global spread of Salafism;

●      Experience in engaging religious actors in peacebuilding activities, social justice initiatives and interfaith dialogue and collaboration;

●      Experience in monitoring and evaluation, data collection, conducting interviews and designing surveys.

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