USAID/OTI Intern Vacancy Announcement


Office of Transition Initiatives Program Assistant Interns

This solicitation is recruiting interns for the summer 2016 term (June – August) and fall 2016 term (September – December), to support USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). OTI is looking for Program Assistant interns to support its Field Programs Division, working in the Washington, DC headquarters. Depending on space available, OTI may bring on more than one intern. Interns can expect to have a substantive and rewarding experience as a part of OTI – interns are treated as full staff members and are expected to perform as such.

OTI was created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. Seizing critical windows of opportunity, OTI works on the ground to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key transition needs. Countries experiencing a significant political transition in the midst of a disaster or emerging from civil conflict have unique needs that cannot be fully addressed by traditional disaster relief. Timely and effective assistance to promote and consolidate peaceful, democratic advances can make the difference between a successful or failed transition. OTI assists in securing peace by aiding indigenous, mostly non-governmental, civil society and media organizations, using such mechanisms as support for re-integration of ex-combatants into civilian society; development of initiatives to promote national reconciliation; identification of quick-impact community self-help projects to meet urgent economic needs; and aid to independent media outlets and community-based organizations to help promote informed debate and broaden public participation. For more information about OTI please see this website.

Job Descriptions and Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications: All candidates must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled and in good standing in accredited Bachelors, Master’s Degree or PhD programs, have at least a 3.0 GPA, meet the qualifications outlined in each position description below, and be able to obtain a U.S. Government secret security clearance.

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed periodically throughout the year (e.g. applications will be reviewed in February for positions starting in the summer; in July for positions starting in the fall, in November for positions starting in the spring).

Location: Washington, DC

Contact: If interested, please submit the following by email to: (incomplete applications or applications with the incorrect subject line will not be considered):

  1. Email with the subject line “2016 OTI Internship – Program Assistant” 
  2. Include a cover letter attached to the email. The following should be included in the cover letter: (a) brief overview of the area of interest; (b) brief overview of qualifications/experience related to the internship position the applicant is applying for; (c) specify the dates and time period the applicant is available to work; (d) list two references with contact information (email/telephone);
  3. Resume/CV attached to the email.

Note:  Applicants must commit to at least 8 continuous weeks of work for full consideration. Due to the large number of applications received, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Below is a brief job description. Internships are unpaid and will require a security clearance. In order to obtain a security clearance, all candidates must pass a background check. Failure to obtain a security clearance will preclude candidates from obtaining an internship.

Program Assistant. This position will work with OTI’s Field Programs Division, which is responsible for the development, oversight, and management of OTI country programs. Internship duties will primarily include administrative/operations support, with potential for some program support, for an OTI country program under the supervision of OTI’s Regional Team Leaders in the following regions: Africa, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean, and Yemen, Eurasia & Asia. Candidates should possess a strong background in one or more of the following: political analysis, conflict resolution, international development, international disaster assistance, or security studies.  Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, as well as have computer proficiency. A minimum of one year work experience in international development and/or overseas experience is preferred, but not required. Candidate’s degree should reflect the experience required (international studies, conflict resolution, political analysis, program management, etc.).

IT Assistant: This position will work with OTI’s IT team which is responsible for development, support and maintenance of OTI’s IT Systems.  This includes help desk support, hardware build outs, and development of application code.   Candidates should possess a working knowledge of basic web applications, how they work and are developed, Microsoft  Office (Word, Excel, Access)  and the ability to write good technical documentations.  A strong attention to detail is needed and the ability to follow through on a task to completion.

Last updated: April 2016


Last updated: May 05, 2016

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