Policy,Research, & Advocacy Internship
Sawa for Development and Aid is a Civil Society Organisation founded initially as a spontaneous initiative in December 2011 to respond to the arrival of the first 40 Syrian families displaced from Syria into the North of Lebanon.
This initiative then grew to include individual activists, locals and internationals, who worked together (literally meaning ‘Sawa’ in Arabic) to share their knowledge and exchange their experiences in order to support Syrians, internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries, united by their belief in their right to live in dignity and freedom, and to be active individuals in their communities, and wherever they are.
Sawa sees itself as part and parcel of the society, and that it is on a continuous learning journey based on a participatory relationship at all levels with the communities that it works with, whether host or displaced, as well as with local and international partners.
Sawa believes that humanitarian, developmental and civic work has to always strive to achieve social justice, and so it aims to work with individuals and communities through holistic interventions towards a society based on democracy, pluralism, and values of citizenship and human rights.
- Providing research support for ongoing research projects: desk research, literature reviews, briefing notes, minutes of meetings.
- Supporting PRA Officer during fieldwork in the Beqaa: interviewing and fieldwork support, interview notes and transcriptions, Arabic-English notes translations.
- Attending relevant meetings, roundtables, and symposia on topics relating to SAWA's PRA advocacy priorities, particularly on Protection, Return, Livelihoods, and Education.
- Assisting with PRA communications and administrative work as needed.
- Creating and maintaining internal systems, including contact lists, a calendar of relevant events, and other databases.
Qualifications/Requirements, Knowledge and Experience
- Fluent in Arabic, high proficiency in English (English fluency a plus)
- Minimum one year of research or advocacy experience on topics surrounding refugees, forced migration, and displacement. Field experience not required but a significant plus
- Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work well with a wide range of individuals
- High level of professionalism and discretion, ability to work respectfully with vulnerable communities on sensitive research projects, maintaining participant confidentiality at all times
- Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
- Dependability and punctuality