Employment Opportunities

ICRD Program Assistant position:

The International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD) is seeking to hire a Program Assistant who will work with the entire ICRD team to provide support for specific ICRD projects and grant proposals, particularly in the MENA and South Asia region – including but not limited to the following:

  • Assist in conducting conflict analysis, program design and broad strategic development;
  • Provide administrative and programming support including: communications, financial accounting, drafting of documents, and logistical support;
  • Translate between Arabic and English, both orally and in written documentation;
  • Help draft proposals and project and grant reports for donors;
  • Assist with the development of program resources, which may include: methodologies, conflict resolution tools, training materials or curricula, and monitoring and evaluation tools;
  • Conduct research to inform program development and implementation;
  • Potentially assist in field activities, as relevant, which may include: serving as a co-trainer, facilitator, or translator;
  • Maintain an ongoing list of partners and supporters, and communicate with them as needed;
  • Other tasks as designated by ICRD senior staff.

Required Skills

  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Fluency in Arabic, both written and spoken (native speaker preferred);
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Meaningful experience in supporting project management, administration, and implementation;
  • Commitment to religious pluralism and religious freedom;
  • Some knowledge of concepts and practices of reducing and resolving identity conflict and countering violent extremism;
  • Country-specific knowledge related to some of the following: Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Morocco, Tunisia (additionally, Iran, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are helpful);
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills;
  • Willingness to be flexible and contribute beyond normal tasks and areas of expertise;
  • Ability to handle multiple competing deadlines, as well as adapt to differences in cultural and professional styles across country contexts;
  • Effective at working as part of a team in a diverse and fluid environment;
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems with minimal supervision;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, Religious Studies or related field with 3 years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree in same.

Additional Skills – some or all of the following are preferred:

  • Strong understanding of Arab cultures, including the ability to cultivate and maintain relationships and carry out negotiations in Arab cultural contexts;
  • Understanding of Islam, including subtleties of sectarian identities and practices, and current social and political realities in Islamic contexts;
  • Training and facilitation skills;
  • Experience in grants management, including working with USG grant mechanisms;
  • Experience in program design;
  • General understanding of core concepts, values, and communities of practice in other faith traditions;
  • Experience in designing financial management tools;
  • Experience in designing training curricula;
  • Fundraising experience – particularly with private donors;
  • IT skills, including innovative use of new technologies;
  • Familiarity with current USG policy priorities;
  • International field experience;
  • High degree of proficiency in Urdu language;
  • Proficiency in Spanish language.


Applications are encouraged to be submitted by 15 July 2017, and will be considered on a rolling basis. To be considered for a Program Assistant position, please compile your cover letter, resume, writing samples, and references into a single Word or PDF document and send to Kaisa Standish at kaisa@icrd.org. Please label the first attachment: “Last Name, First Name_Program Assistant Application”.

  1. Cover Letter – Include a brief overview of your qualifications for the position and why you are interested in working with ICRD.
  2. Résumé – Include your professional and educational experience and language skills (specify level of oral and written skills).
  3. Writing Sample – Please submit two 1-3-page writing samples of your choice (may be excerpts from longer essays), feel free to submit an Arabic translation as well.
  4. References – Please submit the name, phone number, and email of two-three references. At least one of these should be professional references, the others can be professional or academic references.

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