Intern, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning - Research and Analysis

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. S/he will also work closely with the Senior Director for Programs.

This internship will be focused on helping CIVIC answer several organization-level learning questions. This internship is a unique opportunity to explore several key topics in the protection of civilians field. The intern will gain valuable experience by conducting in-depth research, analyzing the findings and synthesizing the findings into a variety of products. It is a great opportunity to apply research skills to a field with an emerging evidence base and help CIVIC better understand the best approaches and tools for protecting conflict-affected civilians.

Primary tasks:

·     In-depth literature review of internal and external literature

·     Interview CIVIC staff and partners

·     Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data

·     Synthesis of research findings

·     Draft responses to learning questions in a variety of forms (short briefs, longer reports, presentations, etc.)


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  Humanitarian and/or international development studies

·    Excellent writing and research skills

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

·     Experience conducting interviews

·     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 four months, beginning in September 2020.

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