Search for Common Ground

Internship: Iraq Country Office

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Position Summary
Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking a professional, motivated, and creative Iraq Country Office Intern. Based in Erbil, Iraq, the intern will provide support to Search’s program and operational team, while working closely with colleagues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) office. This opportunity will provide experience and coaching in the field of peacebuilding in Iraq, and will ensure the development of tangible professional skills and networks, Search for Common Ground provides its interns with a tailored learning environment, focused on skill acquisition and experiential learning.
Interns can be enrolled at a University and undertaking an internship as part of their degree, as long as they are available to work full time hours with an agreed upon schedule of leave. We are looking for an intern to begin in September 2021 and will last for a period of 6 months.

Key Responsibilities

      • Responsibilities include:
Programs Support
      • Assist with the upkeep of grants management tracking tools, such as reporting trackers, and start-up and close-out trackers for ongoing Iraq projects.
      • Assist in reviewing donor reports, project evaluations, and baseline assessments for Iraq projects.
      • Provide desk and background research for security, operational, and political updates on Iraq.
      • Edit English-language external communications on Iraq programming and project team visits, such as event flyers, one-page program updates, and donor communications.
      • Assist with online communication updates, including writing new project synopses, project updates, blog posts, compiling success stories, and staff reflections/interviews.
      • Organize Iraq team meetings to collect success stories and staff reflections.
Operational Support
      • Assist with knowledge management tasks (e.g. maintaining contact databases and ensuring the consistent online filing of documents).
      • Assist with donor outreach and events organization, including planning webinars, workshops etc.
      • Assist with monthly BVA meetings and other finance procedures.
      • Support with meeting logistics and staff travel planning.
      • Performing other supportive, administrative, and minor office management duties as needed.
      • Ensure note taking for staff team meetings.
      • Perform Arabic translations.
Skills and Competencies
Minimum 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
      • High level of analytical and critical thinking skills
      • Prior international or cross-cultural experience
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
      • Possess in depth knowledge of Iraq geography and understanding of the various ethnic, religious and cultural groups and their history
      • Proficiency in Arabic is a must, Kurdish preferred
      • 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
Behavioral Competencies
    • Working with People:  The ability to respect the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy, listens, supports; consults others and shares information and expertise, builds team spirit and adapts to the team.
    • Flexibility:  The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, to tolerate ambiguity, to adapt personal style to different people and situations.
    • Drive for Results and Efficiency:  The ability to set quality standards, monitor and maintain quality of work, and set goals to achieve continuous improvement.
    • Relationship Management:  The ability to manage interactions, to provide service and to support the organization while building an effective internal and external network.
    • Consultation (for managers and up):  The ability to provide guidance to organizational stakeholders while applying creative problem-solving to address business needs.
    • Leadership and Navigation: The ability to manage and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization while making progress toward change and continuous improvement.
    • Communication: The ability to effectively exchange information with others, to effectively deliver critical information, to gather information and communicate with others.
    • Global and Cultural Effectiveness: The ability to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties and be able to work cross-culturally.
    • Ethical Practice: The ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.
    • Critical Evaluation (for managers and up): The ability to interpret information to make business decisions and recommendations based on keen analysis, best practices and an understanding of preferred outcomes.
    • Business Acumen: The ability to understand and apply information to contribute to the organization’s strategic plan.
    • Developing others (for people manager): The ability to provide support to enhance performance and professional growth.
Deadline for Applications is the September 16th, 2021.
Selection will be made on a rolling basis and we therefore advise you to submit your completed application as soon as possible. To apply, interested candidates should submit the following items:
⋅          Current Resume
⋅          Cover Letter
Writing Sample in English (400-600 words)
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.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.
All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
View our code of conduct here and our privacy policy here.

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