Program Development Intern- Middle East and North Africa program (MENA)

from Search for Common Ground
Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

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 Development Intern to join the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional team. Based in Amman, Jordan the intern will provide support to SFCG’s MENA regional programming and its six country offices: Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, and Jerusalem. Working under the supervision of the MENA Program Manager based in Amman, duties performed within this internship will contribute to the design of proposals, programs, developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for sustainable peace and conflict transformation, and will give interns an opportunity to practice high-level, professional skills.

Interns must be available to work full time hours with an agreed upon schedule of leave. We are looking for an intern to begin January 2018 or earlier. Interns must commit for at least 6 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:

  • Assist with the development of grant proposals for country and regional programs, including but not limited to writing proposal narratives, developing theories of change, articulating program activities, drafting logframes, and developing M&E plans and indicators.
  • Provide extensive and detailed academic and business development research on specific topics affecting countries in the region.
  • Edit English-language reports and communications materials for clarity and precision (French-language editing is desirable).
  • Support on regional communications activities, including compiling updates from country offices, revamping website content, and creating visibility pieces for social media.
  • Assist with knowledge management tasks (e.g. maintaining consultant databases or working on contract management).
  • Provide front desk back-up support through greeting visitors and answering calls as needed.
  • Support meeting logistics and travel planning.
  • Performing other supportive, administrative and minor office management duties as needed.
  • Perform French and/or Arabic translations (desirable).

As job 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.
  • High level of analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • 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.
How to apply:


Monthly stipend of $300.

Sound good? To apply, interested candidates should:

Please send a (1) resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) writing sample (400-600 words: NO MORE) to BAMBOO. This should be combined into 1 document and all uploaded into the “resume” space in the online system. Please follow this instruction. In the cover letter, besides highlighting your qualifications, please include the dates you will be available, the number of hours per week you are able to commit, and your goals for the internship. Submission deadline is October 1, 2017. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.