Internship: Central & East Africa At Search for Common Ground

Summary of Position

Search for Common Ground’s Africa Program Development Hub is seeking program development interns who will support the team in the design of programs and successful proposals that will contribute to building peace and transforming conflict across the African continent.

The interns will join a high-performing, diverse and dynamic team based across West, Central and East Africa, as well as Washington D.C. who are passionate about designing impactful programs for a portfolio that covers the conflict geographies of the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin, the Great Lakes, the Horn of Africa and the Sudans, in over fifteen countries.

Program development commences with scoping and pre-positioning for opportunities and completes with the signing of an award. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in developing fundraising strategies for the different conflict geographies and countries in the region, proposal writing, and engaging with institutional donors and partners. Each intern will be assigned a conflict geography within the region, but may be requested to support others within the Africa portfolio.

**Please note that this internship will be remote until stay-at-home and shelter-in-place restrictions due to COVID-19 have been lifted. We are accepting applications from remote interns


  • Assist with the development of grant proposals, including but not limited to writing proposal narratives, developing theories of change, articulating program activities, drafting logical frameworks and copy-editing.
  • Contribute to the development of up-to-date and accurate context statements through rigorous desk research.
  • Support the development of fundraising strategies.
  • Analyze calls for proposals and support the team’s pre-positioning efforts.
  • Edit English (and/or French) proposals and communications materials for clarity and precision.
  • Attend conferences and policy meetings, representing the team.
  • Backstop the Africa Program Development Hub and our country offices overseas on a range of logistical and administrative tasks

Minimum Qualifications


  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills
  • A self-starting, detail-oriented and flexible approach to tasks
  • Demonstrable interest in and knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict resolution or international development in West Africa, Central and East Africa regions.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Desirable
  • Degree in relevant subject
  • Fluency or advanced proficiency in French
  • Practical experience in program design
  • Experience working at a non-governmental organization/non-profit or similar environment
  • International experience, preferably in developing countries

How to apply

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and a one-page writing sample in English

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2021.

This position requires a commitment of no less than 20 hours a week for a minimum of three months, ideally starting in September.

Undergraduates (juniors and seniors), graduate students, and recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Please note that the position is unpaid, but school credits can be arranged for students with their institution.

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