Program Assistant Intern - Field Programs Division

Macfadden, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd May, 2019

Job Description

Macfadden is seeking interns for the summer 2019 term (June – August) , to support USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). Program Assistant interns will support OTI’s Field Programs Division, working in the Washington, DC headquarters. Depending on space available, OTI may bring on more than one intern. Interns can expect to have a substantive and rewarding experience as a part of OTI – interns are fully integrated into the OTI teams and are expected to perform as such.

OTI was created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key transition needs. Countries experiencing a significant political transition in the midst of a disaster or emerging from civil conflict have unique needs that cannot be fully addressed by traditional disaster relief. Timely and effective assistance to promote and consolidate peaceful, democratic advances can make the difference between a successful or failed transition. OTI assists in securing peace by aiding indigenous, mostly non-governmental, civil society and media organizations, using such mechanisms as support for re-integration of ex-combatants into civilian society; development of initiatives to promote national reconciliation; identification of quick-impact community self-help projects to meet urgent economic needs; and aid to independent media outlets and community-based organizations to help promote informed debate and broaden public participation. For more information about OTI please see this website.

Essential Functions

This position will work with OTI’s Field Programs Division, which is responsible for the development, oversight, and management of OTI country programs. Internship duties will primarily include:

  • Provide general administrative support/operations support such as scheduling and facilitating meetings, drafting meeting minutes, drafting and tracking memos, ensuring that action items are followed up, filing, correspondence control, and other administrative services as required.
  • Potential for some program support, for an OTI country program under the supervision of OTI’s Regional Team Leaders in the following regions: Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean & East Africa, Europe, Asia and West Africa.
  • Possible opportunity to participate in special research or knowledge management project(s) relevant to candidate’s experience and/or coursework.
  • Interns will be paid $15.04 per hour.

Education/Experience: All candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled and in good standing in accredited Bachelor’s degree program and have at least one year of work experience

Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidates should possess a strong background in one or more of the following: political analysis, conflict resolution, international development, international disaster assistance, or security studies.
  • Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as have computer proficiency.
  • Work experience in international development and/or overseas experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Candidate’s degree or program of study should reflect the experience required (international studies, conflict resolution, political analysis, program management, etc.)

Application Instructions:

Include a cover letter in uploaded documents. The following should be included in the cover letter:

  • brief overview of the area of interest;
  • brief overview of qualifications/experience related to the internship position the applicant is applying for;
  • specify the dates and time period the applicant is available to work;
  • list two references with contact information (email/telephone);

Resume/CV with any work experience and relevant coursework included.

Applications will be reviewed in April for positions starting in the summer. This is 3-month long position with possible extension up to 6 months, working 35 to 40 hours a week. Applicants must commit to at least 12 continuous weeks of work for full consideration.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored clearance.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.


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