Intern, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning - Program Support

Washington, DC

About The Position


Center for Civilians in Conflict is an international nonprofit with offices around the world working to improve protection for civilians caught in conflict zones. Our mission is to work with armed actors and civilians in conflict to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond civilian harm. We are advocates who believe that no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more at

About the position

An internship at the Center for Civilians in Conflict is a rigorous and rewarding experience, requiring strong research skills, a working knowledge of international humanitarian law and practice, and an exceptional level of maturity and focus. Our interns and fellows have participated in high-level Washington DC meetings and war games with elected and military officials, traveled to military bases to receive training in protection of civilians, and often have the opportunity to design and advocate for their own projects within the Center’s scope of work. They have gone on to full-time employment in organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Department of Defense, Department of State, Open Society Institute, and the World Bank.

This internship is open to current graduate level students or those who have recently completed graduate studies. The intern will report to CIVIC’s Senior Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. This position will primarily focus on providing direct MEL support to CIVIC’s programs. It is a great opportunity to gain practical MEL experience working with both HQ and field staff to assess CIVIC’s programs and learning from those assessments.

Primary tasks:

·     Support implementation of CIVIC’s MEL plan

·     Work directly with program teams to develop targeted surveys to capture baseline/endline/ad hoc data for CIVIC’s projects

·     Design indicator data collection tools

·     Support project teams to track program progress toward indicator targets

·     Support project staff to properly document, organize and capture program progress

·     Collaborate with project teams to draft routine and ad-hoc reports

·     Support project teams to conduct data quality assessments

·     Analyze information for both programs to provide recommendations for program optimization based on end user feedback


Graduate level courses in at least two of the following:

o  Human rights (including international human rights law)

o  Research methods

o  Monitoring and evaluation

o  Project design and management

o  Humanitarian and/or international development studies

·     Excellent writing and critical thinking skills

·     Ability to explain (verbal and written) complex technical subjects clearly and compelling to non-specialist audiences

·     Comfortable working independently

·     Flexible and have confidence in simultaneously handling multiple tasks

·     Experience with data analysis software packages a plus

Interns will be expected to maintain a level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information.

Minimum Time Requirement: This is a full-time internship and interns should be available for a period of at least three-four months, beginning in early September 2020.

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