Lebanon Internship (unpaid) Fall, Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 500 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects in 33 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

Summary of Position

SFCG seeks a professional, motivated, and creative intern to join the Lebanon team. Based in Beirut, Lebanon, the intern will provide support to SFCG’s country office. Duties of this internship will contribute to the development of programs for sustainable peace and conflict transformation in the MENA region, and will give interns an opportunity to practice high-level, professional skills. Interns must be available to work full-time (40 hours per week) and must commit for 4 months minimum and may be asked to stay for a maximum of 6 months, pending a mid-term review. We are looking for an intern to begin September 1, 2016 in the Fall.

Assisting with grant proposal development for country and regional programs.
Researching contextual information to enhance program design.
Assisting with donor reports and other communications.
Support the Lebanon team’s communications strategy, including compiling updates, adding website content, and creating visibility pieces for social media.
Performing other supportive duties as needed.

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.

Required 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 (native or near-native).
Computer proficiency.
Interest in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Familiarity with the Lebanese context.
Ability to live in Beirut, Lebanon.
Comfort in cross-cultural contexts.
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.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to communicate in Arabic preferred.
Salary: This internship is unpaid.

To Apply:

Please send a (1) resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) writing sample (400-600 words: NO MORE) through our Application System. The deadline is August 15th, 2016. 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 goal for how the internship. Applicatiions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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