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 a 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 20-30 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to 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].




Full Stack Web Developer (Consultant)

CONSULTANCY TITLE: Full Stack Web Developer
LOCATION: Washington, DC/Remote
REPORTS TO: Technology Officer


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 using the subject line “ Full Stack Web Developer – [your name]”. Included in your cover letter should be a proposed hourly rate for your services.




Data Analyst (Human Rights)

Full-Time Staff Position

STATUS: Exempt

REPORTS TO: Senior Data Analyst

LOCATION: Washington, DC

About the Position:

SJAC is seeking a professional to work on its Data Analysis team, reporting to the Senior Data Analyst in Washington, DC, to process and analyze documentation. The Data Analyst will use his or her expertise to review, organize, and analyze documentation of humanitarian and human rights violations committed by all sides of the conflict in Syria (such as interviews, written documents, videos, etc.). Documentation will be labeled and stored within a special database using SJAC’s methodology, for sharing with transitional justice mechanisms. The Data Analyst will review documentation on both the offline and online servers, acting as a bridge between the two systems. This is an entry level position.

General Duties

  • Process documentation onto the SJAC database
  • Collaborate with the Data Analysis team to address and resolve complex issues and report on system bugs
  • Review content (documents, interviews, videos, pictures, reports, sound files, etc.) and extract information for use in analysis
  • Accurately tag and label different pieces of information in the database according to SJAC’s guidelines, methodology, and standards
  • Collaborate with the Senior Data Analyst, the Executive Director and the Legal Director to contribute to SJAC’s methodology for tagging and labeling content
  • Identify problematic areas and gaps in data and report to supervisor
  • Perform data entry in Arabic and English
  • Understand the context and background in which the content was created
  • Aggregate different pieces of information into groups and categories
  • Manage assigned projects related to offline data analysis, including the deliverables and consultants associated with the project
  • Participate in regular team meetings and collaborate with other staff and consultants working on documentation and transitional justice projects at SJAC
  • Perform other tasks related to the analyst expertise and area of work as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or 2 years of related work experience in lieu of a university degree
  • Previous data entry experience
  • Full professional proficiency in Arabic (spoken and written) preferably Levantine dialect, and English (especially written)
  • Knowledge of Syria and the Syrian conflict is a plus (including Syrian Arabic dialects)
  • Ability to securely handle confidential information
  • Willingness to watch and handle graphic content
  • Basic proficiency with software and online user interfaces
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to accuracy and detail
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively with co-workers and supervisors
  • U.S. work authorization – SJAC does not sponsor work visas
  • Passion for Human Rights
  • Excited to join a growing organization

To apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Please include “Data Analyst – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Attached to your form submission should be a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter.  In the cover letter please describe your interest in the position, relevant background, and your availability. Deadline for applications is December 16th, but SJAC will begin reviewing applications as they are submitted. Estimated start date is February or March 2020.