Careers

INTERNSHIPS
FINANCE AND GRANTS OFFICER
FULL STACK WEB DEVELOPER (CONSULTANT)
PROGRAM COORDINATOR
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

 

Internship (Paid)

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is continuously looking for motivated interns with an interest in transitional justice and the conflict in Syria. Interns are responsible for communicating SJAC’s message to Syrians and the international community. Interns also have the opportunity 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 a SJAC intern include:

    • The production of communications materials, including blog posts, reports, factsheets, infographics, social media content, and talking points.
    • Contribution to and maintenance of the SJAC website, including updating and promoting the Transitional Justice Library, event listings, the blog, and other content as needed.
    • Regular updates to the data for SJAC’s monitoring and evaluation plan. This requires working closely with SJAC staff to gather necessary information and create visualizations of the data.
    • 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 $13/hour. Internships are typically 20-30 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to hiring@syriaaccountability.org 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, explaining the connection between a current event and a justice/accountability topic relevant for Syria. 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].

 

 

Finance and Grants Officer

Full-time, Part-time

STATUS:                    Exempt

REPORTS TO:         Executive Director

LOCATION:              Washington, DC

 About the Position:

The Syria Justice & Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking a professional with U.S. Government grant and budget experience to work as Finance and Grants Officer, responsible for coordinating and overseeing SJAC’s financial, compliance, human resources, and operational processes. Founded in 2012, SJAC promotes justice and accountability in Syria by ensuring that human rights violations are comprehensively documented, and that documentation data is securely preserved, catalogued, and analyzed to advance transitional justice and peace-building. The Finance and Grants Officer supports SJAC to achieve its mission by managing its internal systems to run efficiently and effectively.

SJAC recently transitioned from being part of a larger parent organization in April 2017. The Finance and Grants Officer will oversee SJAC operations as an independent organization in compliance with organizational policies, donor regulations (such as 2 CFR 200), and local laws. The Officer will work across the 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 transitioning organization; as such, the Officer is not expected to be equally experienced in each aspect of the position’s responsibilities, and will receive training and support from SJAC’s parent organization and external consultants as necessary.

 General Duties and Responsibilities:

 SJAC Finances (Approximately 50%)

The Finance and Grants Officer will be 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 experienced CFO consultant 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;
  • Monitor allocation of shared costs to ensure that allocations are in compliance with accounting policies, donor requirements, and align with SJAC’s long-term financial wellbeing;
  • Analyze SJAC spending on a monthly, quarterly, and annual 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 and coordinate support for the audit process at the end of each fiscal year.

SJAC Grants and Compliance (Approximately 40%)

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. The Finance and Grants Officer will monitor the organization’s compliance with internal policies and procedures.

  • Work with program staff in 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;
  • Review all new awards to SJAC and negotiate on SJAC’s behalf, including engaging an external compliance consultant as appropriate.

SJAC Human Resources (Approximately 10%)

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.

  • 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 annual performance review process;
  • Respond to employee questions about HR concerns.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as finance, accounting or business administration required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of four years supporting operational aspects of an organization, with varied experience in finance, grants and contracts, compliance, and human resources. (Note: These four years do not need to be in a strictly operational role);
  • Working knowledge of USG regulations and compliance issues. Preferred experience with U.S. Department of State and European bilateral donors;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and experience in forecasting;
  • Expertise in MS Excel required. Experience with QuickBooks desirable;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with a high attention to detail;
  • Excited to join a growing organization and apply a constant-eye to improving processes and procedures;
  • Committed to anticipating and overcoming obstacles in order to support the independence and sustainable future of SJAC;
  • Not intimidated by new experiences. Independently driven to research and seek outside expertise in order to accomplish job needs.

Please send an email with the subject “Finance and Grants Officer” to hiring@syriaaccountability.org, providing a cover letter and resume as PDF attachments. Cover letters should include your salary range requirements and availability. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Full Stack Web Developer (Consultant)

 

CONSULTANCY TITLE: Full Stack Web Developer

LOCATION: Washington, DC/Remote

REPORTS TO: Technology Officer

Overview

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) in Washington, DC is soliciting applications to establish a Preferred Vendors list of part-time Full Stack Web Developer consultants. Developers will contribute to the work of our database development team that develops web-based applications and backend services. We use a technology stack based on Python, Django, Backbone.js, Solr, and Linux to complete projects.

Terms of Consultancy

SJAC will evaluate applications for Full Stack Web Developer consultant roles 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. To fulfill SJAC’s web development needs as they arise, SJAC will award discrete task orders with a specific scope of work, deliverable schedule, and ceiling. Task orders will be assigned to consultants on the preferred vendor list based on availability, required expertise, and best value. SJAC will distribute work among the preferred vendors to the extent possible. The length and level of effort necessary to complete individual task orders will vary, ranging from 4-35 hours/week for 2 weeks – 4 months.

 

Scope of Work

  • Use open source web development applications  to develop and maintain new & old user interfaces.
  • Debug, fix and enhance existing user interfaces issues using JS (Backbone.js, JQuery).
  • Develop web backends using a Python based web framework (Django).
  • Perform other technical tasks as directed.

Required Qualifications

  • 2 years web development experience, including Python (Django/Flask)
  • 2 years experience with modern JS (Backbone, Jquery etc)
  • Experience with Linux, MySQL, Celery, AWS, Rest and GitHub
  • Excellent team communication and collaboration skills and ability to handle confidential information.
  • Professional working proficiency in verbal and written English.
  • Ability to be consistent, adhere to deadlines and work in an organized manner.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology  or related field. Significant work experience in web development may be acceptable in lieu of formal degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or familiarity with Solr or ElasticSearch.
  • Any experience with : Web-scraping, D3.js, and Ansible .
  • Working knowledge of Arabic preferred, but not required
  • Exposure to multi-lingual web applications preferred, but not required.
  • Exposure to human rights work preferred, but not required.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email to hiring@syriaaccountability.org­ using the subject line “ Full Stack Web Developer – [your name]”. Included in your cover letter should be a proposed hourly rate for your services.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Program Coordinator

GRADE LEVEL: Three

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Operations Officer & Legal & Strategy Analyst

About SJAC

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 recently transitioned from being part of a larger parent organization in April 2017.

Position Summary

SJAC is seeking a Program Coordinator to provide financial and administrative support, assist in program evaluation and monitoring, and help draft of reports and other documents related to donors and international partners.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to Operations Officer on general backstopping and program administrative support, including assistance with human resources management, finance and other assigned program activities.
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation process and drafting of relevant donor reports.
  • Facilitate support of senior staff related to communications work, including outreach to donors and other international organizations to increase awareness of SJAC and its work.
  • Serve as primary liaison with external administrative and financial support consultants in coordination with Operations Officer.
  • Contribute to recruitment process, assist in drafting scope of works, monitor consultant work, and guide consultants through SJAC policies and procedures.
  • Assist in designing and conducting activities related to the overall action plan and strategy of SJAC.
  • Other administrative and programmatic duties as assigned by Operations Officer and Legal and Strategy Analyst.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in International relations, Middle East Studies, Political Science, or related field.
  • A minimum of two years full-time administrative experience in an international organization or similar institution.
  • A minimum of one year full-time professional experience in finance and human resources work.
  • Understanding of civil society development issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Advanced proficiency of Arabic required.
  • Knowledge of Syria preferred.

Work Eligibility Requirements

Candidates should have legal work authorization and be eligible to work in the United States. SJAC is unable to provide any Visa sponsorship.

To apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter that includes your salary range requirements with your application to hiring@syriaaccountability.org. Please include “Program Coordinator 2017 – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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Program Associate

GRADE LEVEL: Two

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt

LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Operations Officer & Legal & Strategy Analyst

About SJAC

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 recently transitioned from being part of a larger parent organization in April 2017.

Position Summary

SJAC is seeking a Program Associate to provide programmatic and administrative support in the day-to-day administration of SJAC activities.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative, logistical, and communicationssupport for SJAC
  • Contribute to project monitoring and evaluation, analyzing results to inform project implementation.
  • Coordinateresearch, writing, and editing of communications content for SJAC publications, website, and promotional materials.
  • Assist with research and/or writing summaries of project activities and results including quarterly and other program reports for funding agencies.
  • Support senior staff in researching and developing proposals and other tasks as deemed necessary for new business development.
  • Draft and monitor consulting agreements, contracts, and subgrants.
  • Manage programmatic and financial progress of subgrantees, and ensure compliance with donor and SJAC requirements.
  • Track and analyze financial data including program expenditures, program budgets, and grantee and vendor payments.
  • Provide logistics and operations support including research, liaising with outside vendors, and arranging travel accommodations for SJAC staff and Board members.
  • Process payments according to SJAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Other administrative and programmatic duties, as needed.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Middle East Studies, Political Science, or related field.
  • Minimum one year of professional administrative experience (including internships) in an international organization or similar institution.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail, ability to prioritize and multi-task, and ability to work under and adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team; must be a team player and demonstrate a sense of responsibility and sensitivity in dealing with diverse audiences.
  • Experience with principles of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience working in or knowledge of the Middle East.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience using Excel.
  • Experience in a non-profit setting, working on programs that receive government grants preferred.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Google Analytics, and Google Forms preferred.
  • Advanced proficiency in Arabic preferred, but not required.

Work Eligibility Requirements

Candidates should have legal work authorization and be eligible to work in the United States. SJAC is unable to provide any Visa sponsorship.

To apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter that includes your salary range requirements with your application to hiring@syriaaccountability.org. Please include “Program Associate 2017 – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled