Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

Job Position: Africa Program Development Intern

Job Location: Abuja (Remote)

Job Description

  1. 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.
  2. The interns will join a high-performing, diverse and dynamic team based across Europe, the US, East and West Africa, who are passionate about designing impactful programs for a portfolio that covers the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin, the Great Lakes, the Horn of Africa and the Sudans, in over 15 countries.
  3. Program development commences with scoping and pre-positioning for potential funding opportunities, and completes with the signing of a project award.
  4. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in the different stages of program development, from contributing to developing fundraising strategies for the different conflict geographies and countries in the region, to proposal writing, and engaging with institutional donors and partners.
  5. Each intern will be assigned a conflict geography within the region, but may be requested to support other geographies within the Africa portfolio.

Job Responsibilities

  1. 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.
  2. Contribute to the development of up-to-date and accurate context statements through rigorous desk research.
  3. Support the development of fundraising strategies.
  4. Analyze calls for proposals and support the team’s pre-positioning efforts.
  5. Edit English (and/or French) proposals and communications materials for clarity and precision.
  6. Attend conferences and policy meetings, representing the team.
  7. Backstop the Africa Program Development Hub and our country offices overseas on a range of logistical and administrative tasks.

Job Requirements

  1. Degree in a relevant subject.
  2. Strong writing, editing, and communication skills in English.
  3. Demonstrable interest in and knowledge of peacebuilding or international development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. A self-starting, detail-oriented, and flexible approach to tasks.
  5. Ability to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines.
  6. Excellent attention to detail.
  7. Proficiency in French.
  8. Other languages (Portuguese, Somali) are an asset.
  9. Experience working at a non-governmental organization/non-profit or similar environment.
  10. Practical experience in program design.
  11. International experience, preferably in developing countries.

Application Deadline
14th April, 2024.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • To Apply: Please send a Resume, Cover Letter, and a one-page Writing sample in English.
  • This position requires a commitment of no less than 20 hours a week for six months, ideally starting on June 1, 2024.
  • Undergraduates (juniors and seniors), graduate students, and recent graduates are welcome to apply.
  • Interns will receive modest stipends in line with local pay regulations.
  • Search is an equal employment employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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