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UN Jobs / NGO Job Vacancy : United States of America: FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP – Spring 2018

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Organization: Search for Common Ground
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 21 Jan 2018

We are Searchers.

We are over 700 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. Search is full of committed, enthusiastic and talented individuals. It is a fun place to work and an exciting place to learn. Search offers a rich range of opportunities from Brown Bag lunches, fascinating projects to get involved in, coaching, mentoring, and events where you can get to know your colleagues.

The Institutional Learning Team

The Institutional Learning Team (ILT) sits at the heart of the organization. The Team is headed by the Director of Institutional Learning under the leadership of the Vice President of Programs. It includes a global team of technical specialists working to support Search’s programs across the world, as well as a team of specialists who test emerging practices in the field of DM&E and peacebuilding in close partnership with other organizations. This includes our DME for Peace learning platform, as well as several other projects collaborating with a dozen other partner and peer organizations.

The Institutional Learning Team is global, dynamic, diverse and engages at multiple levels, both in the organization and externally, to push forward the quality of DM&E in peacebuilding. ILT is a fun team to be part of and undertakes projects that span the full spectrum of work of the organisation and emerging M&E practice with partners.

We are searching for…

Supervised by the Institutional Learning Team Director and DM&E Specialists, Search is seeking a Finance and Administration Intern for Spring of 2018 (with possibility for extension) on the Institutional Learning Team. They will work with our finance team to support planning for regional support to M&E and peacebuilding work across East and Southern Africa, West Africa and the Sahel, the Middle East/North Africa, and/or Asia. This intern will also dive into the organizational systems at Search to analyze how we budget for M&E and learning, best practices around this, and ways this can be improved.

If you are a student and would like to earn course credit from your internship, we are willing to work with you to develop a rigorous workload that is relevant to your field of study and professional interests.

We want our interns to make the most of this experience. To this end, we ask every intern to develop a set of strategic learning objectives at the beginning of their internship with their supervisor, outlining their key learning and professional development needs. ILT staff will work with you to ensure assignments are relevant to these learning objectives, and that you continue to grow throughout your internship.

This internship requires a minimum commitment of three days per week.

Please note this is an unpaid internship.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

Finance and Administration Intern Responsibilities

  • Support ILT Director and Specialists to develop plans for support across regions based on analysis of finances;
  • Develop templates with the finance team for global financial management across all project budgets in the organization;
  • Organize strategic in-country travel and planning sessions in line with the annual plan and budget;
  • Conduct analysis of project budgets for evaluations and learning initiatives; curate lessons learned and best practices.

General Responsibilities

  • Organising meetings, taking notes, and providing logistical support for the DM&E team;
  • Contribute to global learning with contributions to the DME for Peace website (, including writing original blog posts on relevant topics - particularly on guidance for budgeting in evaluations and learning initiatives;
  • Organise and support ILT-sponsored brown bag lunch events, trainings and other informational presentations to Search staff.
  • As internship 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:


  • Senior undergraduate or graduate level, with completed coursework in finance, administration, monitoring and evaluation, social sciences, or related field;
  • Interest, education, or experience in finance, monitoring and evaluation, peacebuilding, international development, or other related fields;
  • Interest, education or experience in budget management, organizational systems, information systems; and,
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills and the ability to draft, edit and proofread; and,
  • Excellent computer skills (including Word, Excel, various Web 2.0 tools).

Desirable Skills:

  • Proactive attitude and ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
  • Creative and thorough approach to work; and,
  • Interest in evaluation of conflict resolution interventions.

How to apply:

Sound good? To apply, interested candidates should s**end a cover letter a**nd current resume to our employment website here.


The intern should be able to commit to working for Search for a minimum of 3 days per week, with the option of two of those being in a Search office and one being remote, for at least a 3 to 6 month period. The ideal starting date for this internship would be June 5th 2017, though there may be some flexibility.

To apply please submit your (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume, and (3) a two to three-page writing sample. The closing date for this application is January 21, 2018.

In your cover letter, please clearly state why the position is of interest, what you can bring to it and what you hope to gain from it, and any regional or topical interests. If applicable, please list any other divisions you have applied to within Search. Please clearly state if you are seeking course credit from this internship and any requirements your University may have for such work. Also, please include the date you can start work, the length of your availability (in months), and the number of hours per week to which you can commit.