24JAN - Research Assistant, Institutional Learning Team - Search for Common Ground - Deadline: 01FEB

Organization Description

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 760 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects in 49 countries with offices in 35, including in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Africa.  The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staffs, who love their work. 

Institutional Learning Team

The Institutional Learning Team (ILT) was set up in 2002 with the aim of supporting SFCG as a learning organization by enhancing the effectiveness of SFCG’s programming through a commitment to excellence in program design, monitoring and evaluation (DM&E), and through continuous learning institutionally and within related fields. The Institutional Learning Team is comprised of the Vice President of Programs, a Director of DM&E, a ILT Program Manager, four Regional DM&E Specialists, DM&E Associates, the DMEforPeace Project Manager and a Communications Associate.


Washington, DC

Job Description

The DM&E Research Assistant is responsible for assisting with a series of new and exciting externally-facing research and learning projects that focus on emerging monitoring and evaluation techniques through non-sectoral, cross-sectoral, and peacebuilding lenses, as well as the development of practical M&E guidance around hard to measure programming, like participatory theatre for change. Projects will include support for a M&E module in collaboration with UNICEF on Participatory Theatre, including research, interviews, and case study development. Another key project will be the development of a non-sectoral D-MERL (design, monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning) field guide and toolkits that focus on operationalizing credible, relevant, right-sized, responsible, and utilization-focused approaches, activities, and tools for more effective development.

The DM&E Research Assistant will be able to engage with many different stakeholders in the international sphere, as well as key stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries on the ground. Work will evolve with new projects and will provide key growth opportunities and exciting challenges for a proactive, passionate, and skilled researcher.  

The Research Assistant reports to the ILT Program Manager. The position is based in Washington, DC and is expected to be full-time through September 2016 with consideration for renewal, based on grant status.

Job Responsibilities

Key responsibilities and specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, interview for, assist in drafting, and edit various learning pieces including the SFCG/UNICEF Module on M&E for Participatory Theatre and the BalanceD MERL frameworks.
  • Assist with case story/study support and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Assist the ILT Program Manager with DM&E technical assistance requests
  • Provide general support to the Institutional Learning Team as needed

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Job Requirements


  • Minimum BA in Conflict Studies, International Relations/Affairs, Global Studies, Political Science or related degree, Masters in any of the abovementioned fields of study strongly preferred;
  • 1 – 3 years’ work experience, including experience conducting social science research;
  • Exceptional research, writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent command of English (written & oral);
  • Experience in design, monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
  • Must enjoy working independently, as well as in a team environment;
  • Detail oriented and highly organized, with a proactive learning approach;
  • Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines; and,
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Publisher skills preferred.


  • Experience in/knowledge of the peacebuilding field; knowledge of participatory theatre a strong addition;
  • Experience working and living internationally, specifically in areas of conflict; and,
  • Proficient in French (written).

How to apply

Apply on the Search for Common Ground website here. Application requires cover letter, resume, and a writing sample not to exceed 5 pages.


February 1, 2016