The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is continuously looking for motivated interns with an interest in transitional justice and the conflict in Syria. SJAC accepts application from current undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as recent graduates. Interns are responsible for communicating SJAC’s message to Syrians and the international community as well as supporting SJAC’s analysis and research. They are encouraged to pursue their own research, as long as it contributes to SJAC’s mission to prevent impunity, promote redress for victims, and facilitate principled institutional reform in Syria’s post-conflict period.

The Internship rotates approximately every four months. The schedule for the Internship is as follows:

Fall Internship: August 25 – December 23
Spring Internship: January 15 – May 15
Summer Internship: May 15 – August 25

Tasks of an SJAC intern include:

    • Maintaining SJAC’s social media accounts and promoting new analysis and events
    • Designing relevant communications materials, including infographics and factsheets
    • Contribution to and maintenance of the SJAC website, including updating the Transitional Justice Library
    • Providing research support for SJAC articles and reports
    • Other duties as assigned.

Strong English proficiency is required. Arabic proficiency is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics, Excel, and Adobe Suites is strongly desired. Interns must be able to work from the SJAC office in Washington, DC and are paid at the rate of $14/hour. Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to [email protected] with your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample not to exceed 800 words. The writing sample should be an example blog post that demonstrates your knowledge of transitional justice and the Syrian conflict. Please see SJAC’s website for recent examples. In the subject line of your email and in your cover letter, please be sure to include the term for which you are applying [Fall, Spring, Summer].




Title: Finance and Grants Officer

ORGANIZATION: Syria Justice and Accountability Centre


LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


Founded in 2012, The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting meaningful justice for Syria that holds perpetrators accountable and addresses the grievances of victims, leading to lasting peace and respect for human rights. SJAC currently has 9  full/part-time staff and around 25 consultants.


The Finance and Grants Officer will oversee SJAC operations in compliance with organizational policies, donor regulations (such as 2 CFR 200), and local laws. The Officer will work across SJAC team, with donors, and the SJAC Board of Directors. SJAC is seeking an early to mid-career professional eager to take on a role in a growing organization

Duties and Responsibilities

SJAC Finances (Approximately 40%)

The Finance and Grants Officer is responsible for overseeing all of SJAC’s accounting and financial systems. S/he will manage a part-time accountant to fulfill SJAC’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, and recordkeeping needs. The Finance and Grants Officer will lead SJAC’s financial reporting and forecasting, and coordinate with an external operations consultant(s) as needed.

  • Oversee SJAC’s Quickbooks accounting, including the appropriate coding and backup of expenses;
  • Work with the accountant to conduct cash forecasting and drawdown of funds;
  • Analyze SJAC spending on a monthly basis and work with the SJAC Executive Director to update and make decisions regarding SJAC’s operating budget;
  • With the accountant, produce financial reporting for SJAC grants and Board of Directors. Liaise with donors and the Board of Directors regarding financial questions as needed;
  • With input from program staff, prepare proposal budgets for submission and budget amendments for current agreements;
  • Support SJAC program staff in understanding their activity budgets and spending;
  • Lead monthly, quarterly, and yearly close processes
  • Lead and coordinate support for the audit process at the end of each fiscal

SJAC Grants and Compliance (Approximately 25%)

The Finance and Grants Officer will be responsible for ensuring that SJAC’s systems facilitate compliance with best business practices, donors’ rules and regulations, and local laws. S/he will monitor the organization’s compliance with internal policies and procedures.

  • Advise program staff on conducting procurements and preparing consulting agreements, purchase orders, contract modifications, and subgrants in compliance with SJAC’s policies, 2 CFR 200, and vetting standards;
  • Train and mentor program staff in compliance considerations, conducting procurement, drafting agreements, and monitoring work performed;
  • Ensure that existing policies are pertinent and updated and draft new policies as
  • Review all new awards to SJAC and negotiate on SJAC’s behalf, including engaging an external compliance consultant as appropriate.

SJAC Human Resources and General Operations (Approximately 20%)

The Finance and Grants Officer will oversee SJAC’s human resources functions and serve as staff’s primary point of contact for all human resources matters. S/he will also provide support on matters related to SJAC’s general operations

  • Facilitate and document recruitment, new hires, separations, and other changes in employment status;
  • Manage payroll processing with SJAC’s external payroll provider and oversee timekeeping system;
  • Oversee the annual performance review process;
  • Respond to employee questions about HR concerns; consult with external HR consultant as
  • Ensure that staff have the information and office resources they need to execute their job
  • Liaise with the Board on issues of finance, compliance or general operations
  • Ensure that adequate psychosocial support services are available to both staff and consultants
  • Other operational support as needed

SJAC Office Management (Approximately 15%)

  • Keep all business insurance update.
  • Support SJAC donations/fundraising events as needed
  • Maintain and update an office inventory in accordance with SJAC policies.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on communication tools and apps that might facilitate the work of the organization
  • Work with Tech consultant to ensure tech licenses inventory are up to date and all tech office needs are met


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of four years supporting operational aspects of an organization, with varied experience in finance, grants, compliance, and/or human resources.
  • Knowledge of USG regulations and compliance issues. Preferred experience with U.S. Department of State and European bilateral
  • Expertise in MS Excel required. Experience with QuickBooks desirable
  • Demonstrated organization skills with high attention to detail
  • Excited to join a growing organization and apply a constant-eye to improving processes and procedures
  • Independently driven to research and seek outside expertise in order to accomplish job needs
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills

Please send an email with the subject “Finance and Grants Officer” to [email protected], providing a cover letter and resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Please also specify where you saw the position advertised. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled




Full Stack Web Developer (Consultant)

Location: Remote

Reports to: Senior Data Analyst

About Solicitation

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is soliciting applications for a Full Stack Web Developer position. SJAC will evaluate applications based on best overall value and establish a framework consulting agreement for a base period of one year with two option periods of one year each. Option years will be exercised based on satisfactory performance. The applicants should be available for 20-30 hours/week to fulfill SJAC’s web development needs as they arise.

Consultancy Summary

Developers are key contributors to our database development team that develops web-based applications and backend services. We use open source technologies (Linux, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Python, Nginx, JavaScript) to craft these applications. We use cloud providers to host our servers and applications. Our applications are bilingual using both Arabic and English. Our application needs are challenging with media-intensive content and diverse data-sources. We use modern technologies but with an emphasis on reliability, scaling, and maintainability. We function as an agile, mission-driven team with a focus on close collaboration with our users.

Scope of Work

  • Build, debug and maintain user interfaces using modern front-end technologies.
  • Support end-users with their issues. Interact with end-users to understand and provide solutions.
  • Troubleshoot and work on deployment tasks.
  • Develop web backends using a Python-based web framework.
  • Integrate with APIs and code created by other team members or open APIs such as Google Maps, YouTube, Amazon S3 etc.
  • Participate in code reviews and agile, test-driven processes.
  • Perform other technical tasks as directed.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Management, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field. Significant work experience in web development may be acceptable in lieu of a formal degree in these areas.
  • At least three years web development experience, with at least two years of Python (Django/Flask), JavaScript/HTML/CSS (Vue/React) development experience. Optionally Nodejs.
  • Experience with technologies such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Nginx, AWS, and Git.
  • Strong understanding of web architecture and principles such as REST, and Agile.
  • Excellent team communication and collaboration skills. Strong work ethic, commitment to accuracy, and ability to handle confidential information. Fast learner, self-starter and is comfortable with deadlines.
  • Experience working with mission-oriented non-governmental organizations similar to SJAC.
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively in verbal and written English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with distributed web-scraping techniques.
  • Experience with database systems and optimizations.
  • Experience with optimizing application performance and scaling techniques.
  • Familiarity with modern DevOps concepts, and Cloud concepts.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic.
  • Exposure to human rights work.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email to [email protected] using the subject line “Full Stack Web Developer – [your name]”. Included in your cover letter should be a proposed hourly rate for your services. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a Preferred Vendor list is established. Deadline is May 21.