Middle East and North Africa Program Fellowship
Location: Washington, D.C.
BIC’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program is offering a fellowship opportunity to a successful candidate to support our Washington DC-based team in the work we do in our focus countries: Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and possibly Iraq. This fellowship will give the selected candidate the opportunity to learn about issues of development, particularly transparency and accountability, social and environmental rights, and community involvement in the programs of the World Bank Group and how those issues relate to the MENA region, especially in the context of the Arab uprisings which have highlighted the importance of economic and social justice and citizen participation in development decisions. Our informal, dynamic structure will enable the fellow to become immersed in BIC’s day-to-day operations while gaining extensive practical experience and knowledge of the International Financial Institutions in general, and developing a critical perspective of the projects and policies of the World Bank Group in particular.
The fellow will be primarily responsible for supporting our campaign to promote civil society participation in the World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework development in our focus countries in the MENA region. The fellow will also provide general support to BIC’s MENA team. Activities include:
- Writing articles in English and Arabic for BIC’s website
- Co-developing materials and sessions for civil society workshops and trainings
- Co-developing research and analysis on issues relevant to civil society in the region
- Updating and streamlining website content
- Preparing BIC-MENA’s newsletter
- Conducting and reviewing English to Arabic translations
- Updating and maintaining BIC-MENA’s contact database
- Supporting BIC-MENA staff with preparation of grant proposals and reports
- Supporting BIC-MENA staff and partners with travel and workshop logistics
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field such as international development, international relations, political science, or regional studies
- 1-3 years of relevant experience through a job, internship, activism, volunteering, or a Master’s degree in a related field
- Excellent writing and editing skills in English and Arabic
- Fluent written and spoken Arabic required
- Experience in written English-Arabic translation preferred
- Demonstrated interest in and understanding of issues related to international financial institutions, development, and environment
- Ability to work independently and with a team
The successful applicant would start the position as early as mid-July and no later than August 1, 2014. Assuming a full-time position of 40 hours/week, BIC will offer the successful candidate a stipend of $2000/month. This fellowship is ideally a fulltime positionbut there is also some flexibility should we find the right candidate. The fellowship is for a period of 3 months with a good possibility for extension or full hire based on funding, performance, and appropriate fit within the team.
Send a cover letter, resume, and short English and/or Arabic writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MENA fellow” in the subject line by Sunday, July 6, 2014.