Search for Common Ground

Iraq Country Office Intern

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Job Overview

Search for Common Ground (Search) Iraq is seeking a professional, motivated, and creative Iraq Country Office Interns. 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. We are looking for 1 intern to begin in June 2022, for a period of 6 months.

Program Support

Events Support  
      • Provide planning, organization and facilitation support for events and local partner/stakeholder training.
      • Participate in field visits to locations where ongoing programs are being implemented, subject to security clearance.
      • Assist in reviewing donor reports, project evaluations, and baseline assessments for Iraq projects.
      • Assist with online communications, including writing new project synopsis, project updates, social media and blog posts, compiling success stories, and staff reflections/interviews.
      • Support partner communications including through the drafting of emails and participation in regular coordination meetings.
Logistics Support
    • Assist with finance procedures, including the submission of payment requests.
    • Organize online folders and program documentation.

Donor Engagement Support

Proposal Development
      • Provide desk and background research for security, operational, and political updates to inform proposals.
      • Provide copy-editing support for concept notes and other proposal materials.
      • Edit English-language external communications on Iraq programming and project team visits, such as event flyers, one-page program updates, and donor communications.
    • Assist in mapping current opportunities for donor engagement.
    • Attend and support donor meetings by providing preparatory documents, including research on donor priorities and a meeting agenda, as well as recording the meeting minutes.

Operational Support

      • Undertake mapping of potential partner organizations in Iraq.
      • Support the subawards assessment process for potential partners.
      • Assist in developing communications framework.
      • Develop content for social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
      • Draft and edit content on programs in Iraq to upload to Search’s global website.
Strategic Support
      • Assist Search Iraq team to evaluate key programmatic objectives and undertake annual planning.
      • Support with updating core strategic files with senior management.
    • Assist with knowledge management tasks (e.g. maintaining contact databases and ensuring the consistent online filing of documents).
    • Support with meeting logistics and staff travel planning.
    • Perform other supportive, administrative, and minor office management duties as needed.
    • Ensure note taking for staff team meetings.
    • Perform Arabic translations (desirable).

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
    • Fluency in Kurdish and/or Arabic (desirable)
    • 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

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