Grants Internship at Relief International

Title: Grants internship

Department: Grants department

Location: Remote (Home-based) or Gaziantep, Turley

Reporting to: Grants and Partnership Manager

Direct reports: 0

Budget responsibility: NA

ABOUT Relief International.

Relief International (RI) is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

RI includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

RI in the Middle East has programs in six countries – Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Yemen, with a focus on the 4 main RI sectors: Health, WASH, Education and Economic Opportunity.

Relief International currently employs 3900 staff (direct and indirect) in the region and has a range of emergency response and development programs valued at 70 million USD on an annual basis.

Position Summary.

RI Turkey is looking for talented, motivated and passionate individuals, who bring knowledge, innovative and critical thinking, different ideas, research and analytical skills, to enhance our capacity to serve Syrian refugees and other vulnerable groups in Turkey.

Due to the COVID crisis, the internship will be most probably remote based; however, will offer eligible students or graduates the opportunity to gain experience on the Syria response in Turkey, either in line with their current academic program or interest in future work opportunities.

Under the overall supervision of the Grants and Partnership Manager, the intern will work in support to the relevant departments to provide support in areas with identified gaps. These include: support with the development of research, contributing to rapid needs assessment, funding and program development, and knowledge management. The internship also collaborates with other actors, such as other INGOs/Local NGOs in the field and/or academic institutions.


  1. Research, Proposal and Drafting

· Assist with drafting, compiling and providing high quality editing for program related documents intended for external audiences, including but not limited to studies, research, donor reports, rapid needs assessments, communication materials, guidelines, factsheets)

· Assist in proposal development and grant writing as needed

· Conduct desk reviews on a variety of topics as needed by the organization

· Support with compiling best practices and lessons learnt and synthesizing knowledge management resources

· Assist in the development and finalization of key documents i.e. RI Turkey partnership guideline for partners

  1. Information and knowledge Management

· Prepare trackers of upcoming events, thematic seminars and other annual events related to specialized health, livelihoods, protection and innovation

· Prepare and update regularly a directory of donors, international and local NGOs, other partners and stakeholders;

· Maintain and update the program documentation archiving system in collaboration with other departments

· Contribute to compiling photos and stories from the field to help create the RI Turkey human interest story series

· Contribute when required to the reporting to national and local authorities as required

  1. Participation in relevant meetings on behalf of RI

· Assist with drafting of presentations for internal/ external meetings

· Participate as necessary in internal coordination meetings, when requested.

By the end of your assignment, you should be able to:

· Have an increased understanding of the INGO system

· Become familiar with the Syria response and particularly the humanitarian needs in Turkey

· Critical review program reports and technical documents

· Be able to work across a diverse, multi-displinary team

Conditions and Allowances:

Due to the COVID crisis the internship will be most probably remote based. This is a paid internship.


  • Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.
  • Consistent with RI’s safeguarding and protection policies, ensure all people who come into contact with Relief International are as safe as possible.


This position will require a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • Have a passion and commitment to humanitarian work and particularly vulnerable populations including refugees, people with disability, elderly etc.
  • Be enrolled in a school programme in a relevant field to the organization or hold a Bachelor/Master degree in a relevant field to the organization
  • Have experience in research, writing and drafting documents
  • Previous experience or strong demonstrated interest in the Middle East;
  • Be fluent in English (both written and spoken), knowledge of Turkish or Arabic also desirable
  • Strong attention to detail, and excellent analytical, writing and synthesis skills;
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • Proactive and critical mind

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

How to apply

How to apply.

Closing date. Please apply immediately we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore may withdraw the position for the job board closing date.

Please apply by uploading your cover letter and up-to-date CV on our website.

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Note to external agencies, we will not be accepting CVs from third parties.

Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

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