Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Global Affairs and Partnerships Internship


The Organization
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 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects in 49 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.  The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work.  You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.
Summary: 
The Global Affairs and Partnerships (GAP) program at Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking an intern to provide research, administrative, and logistical support to the team’s overall fundraising, development, and knowledge management activities. GAP helps advance Search's mission by contributing to fundraising, organizational partnerships, advocacy and outreach, new program development, and proposal development for global programs. 

The intern will report to the Global Affairs and Partnerships Manager. This internship is unpaid.

Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct desktop research related to fundraising from bilateral governments, multilaterals, and foundations;
  • Assist with the development of global partnerships and contracts;
  • Identify and research opportunities for new program development and partnerships;
  • Represent SFCG at relevant meetings and events in Washington, D.C.;
  • Maintain and update knowledge management tools;
  • Compute and analyze fundraising trends;
  • Support new program design and proposal writing;
  • Perform general administrative tasks 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 duties. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Current student or recent graduate with a degree in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Development, or a related area;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English;
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Internet Search Engines).
The ideal candidate will further exhibit: 
  • A self-starting, enthusiastic, and flexible approach to the organization and the position;
  • Interest and/or experience in foreign policy, fundraising, and conflict resolution;
  • Demonstrable interest in creating partnerships with other organizations, policymakers, and donors to advance conflict prevention;
  • Experience in business development or with donor agencies
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail; and
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines.
To Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (please include the writing sample in the same document as your cover letter) through our Applicant Tracking System at https://sfcg.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=468.  Please also include your availability (days and hours/week, as well as start and end dates) in your cover letter. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please clearly state the title: Global Affairs and Partnerships Internship - Search for Common Ground in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please. 

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