Internship: MENA and Sudan Institutional Learning Team (ILT) At Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful transformation of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict—moving away from destructive approaches and towards cooperative solutions. With more than 700 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and North America.

Internship Summary

Search is offering an exciting internship opportunity with our MENA/Sudan Institutional Learning Team based in Brussels. A brief overview of the scope of work can be found below:

Supporting quality research, monitoring and evaluation:

  1. Participating in the drafting of research and evaluation terms of references and evaluating proposals of external consultants
  2. Reviewing and editing of research and evaluation reports
  3. Supporting critical analysis of monitoring and evaluation activities through reviewing monitoring data and visualizing data
  4. Supporting the general functioning of the MENA/Sudan ILT unit through participating in meetings, recording minutes and filing documents
  5. Supporting the maintenance of our Grants Management System (GMS), the main platform for capturing evidence from our monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Interns will have the opportunity to work directly with program managers, grants specialists and design, monitoring, and evaluation specialists. They will gain hands-on experience from the work of a leading peacebuilding organization, while also bringing their own academic and professional experiences to the organization. Interns will benefit from important learning opportunities both internally and externally and build skills in research, monitoring and evaluation, and project management.

Internships can be based at Search’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium or the applicant’s country or region of preference, contingent on feasibility. Remote Internships are available depending on restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants should list their preferred opportunities and location preference in their cover letter.

Qualifications for Consideration

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Preferred: Enrolled in or recently graduated from (i.e., in the past 6 months) a MA program in Peace and Conflict Studies, Development, Political Science, International Relations, Social Sciences, or other relevant subject
  • Proficiency in English, with strong writing skills.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken French and/or Arabic is an advantage.
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and strong interest in dialogue, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation.


Compensation depends on the profile of the candidate:

  • Interns who are doing an internship as part of their university programme. These interns are not paid but do receive a transport allocation of €120/month
  • Young professionals who have already graduated. We pay these interns according to Belgium “immersion” programme (€813/month + transport allocation)


  • This is a three (3) month internship, with a target start date of September 16, 2021, and target end date of November 30, 2021
  • Selected candidates must be available at least 20-30 hours per week for the duration of the Internship

How to apply

Application Instructions:

Application deadline for consideration is August 31, 2021. Anticipated start date of this fellowship is September 16, 2021.

*Please Note: Selected candidates must have appropriate work authorization for the location and/or country of assignment. Search for Common Ground will not provide sponsorship.

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