Internship Programs at Search For Common Ground (SFCG)

OUR MISSION End violent conflict. It’s our purpose – our call to action. Instead of tearing down an existing world, we focus on constructing a new one. We do this through a type of peacebuilding called conflict transformation. Meaning: we look to change the everyday interactions between groups of people in conflict, so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violence. Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions. OUR VISION Our ability to deal with conflict affects how we handle every issue humanity is facing. Whether global in nature, such as poverty, hunger or the environment, or closer to home, such as family or community relations, we face daily challenges to our abilities to deal with conflict constructively. So, our vision is of a world where: Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence. Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm for individuals, communities, organizations, and nations.

We seek to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 750 staff worldwide, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff that loves their work.Within Sub-Saharan Africa, SFCG works in 18 countries: Burundi, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. SFCG began working in Kenya following the post-election violence of 2007-2008, with the production of the TV drama “The Team”. Our programming seeks to promote peace and end violence, using radio programs, outreach activities, and support to local organizations. Search Kenya programming is currently working in the Coastal region in Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, Garissa and Tana River Counties. Together with its implementing partners in Garissa and Tana River Counties, Search is implementing Jamii Bila Balaa project which seeks to strengthen family and community networks to prevent violent extremism.

Internship Assignments:

  • Work with the Program team to support in the management of the  community lead small initiatives/activities spread across the Counties.
  • Compiling work plans and activity agendas for the sub-grantees implementing the Community lead activities.,
  • Attend field activities and compile trip activity reports,
  • Assist in planning of sub-grantee meetings,
  • Assist in liaising with subgrantees in matters related to their activities.
  • Assist the media team in documenting communication and visibility aspects of the subgrantees,
  • Any other assignment as may be delegated


  • Approved work plan with indicative calendar
  • Monthly Report
  • Project Activity trip reports

Internship Terms

  • For the purpose of the internship in Kenya, the intern will be supervised by the program assistant in the county of operation., who will be responsible for setting tasks and evaluating the intern’s work.
  • The work objectives above will be undertaken by the intern on the basis of 5 working days per week, for 12 weeks with any days off agreed in advance with the supervisor.
  • The internship will be based in Hola sub-office and Garissa sub-office.
  • The period of the internship will last from July 2020 through September 2020.
  • The internship may be terminated by either side by informing the other in writing giving 1 months notice.
  • The prospective intern is required to have a laptop for ease of operations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, conflict resolution, project management or related field.
  • At least two (0-2) years of NGO or CSO experience in project implementation or management in Kenya. Experience working in Coastal Kenya is an asset.
  • Strong and proven ability in report writing, in English.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, as well as social media platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with minimal supervision.
  • Cultural sensitivity and strong interest in dialogue, peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Written and oral proficiency in English and Swahili.
  • Knowledge of the local dialects in the two counties will be an added advantage

Interested candidates from Garissa and Tana River Counties are highly encouraged to apply.

SFCG will supply the following:

  • A modest transport stipend will be provided at the end of the month.

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