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 institution reform in Syria’s post-conflict period.

The Internship rotates approximately every four months. The schedule and application due dates are as follows:

Fall Internship: August 25 – December 23 (due by June 15)
Spring Internship: January 15 – May 15 (due by November 15)
Summer Internship: May 15 – August 25 (due by March 15)

Tasks of a SJAC intern include:

    • The production of communications matefrials, including blog posts, reports, factsheets, infographcis, 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 $12/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, 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].


Legal Researcher (Consultant)

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving meaningful justice and accountability for Syria which holds perpetrators accountable and addresses grievances, leading to lasting peace and respect for human rights. To contribute to this goal, SJAC activities are designed to produce a complete repository of comprehensive, high-quality, and usable documentation that is prepared to feed into justice mechanisms, but also used to drive justice discourse among Syrians and the international community. More information about SJAC can be found at


SJAC seeks a consultant to assist with research and writing on justice-related issues. The consultant will contribute to the blog on SJAC’s website, reports, and other projects as needed.


  • Propose research topics for the SJAC blog, reports, or other projects
  • Research and write blog posts and reports about agreed-upon topics
  • Research and advise upon issues ranging from transitional justice, international humanitarian law, human rights law, hybrid tribunals, the International Criminal Court, United Nations proceedings, and criminal jurisdiction and the filing of complaints in European courts.
  • Respond to inquiries on the collection and analysis of documentation and provide suggestions for improvements according to international law and best practices.


  • J.D. or M.A. in international law or policy preferred
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and international criminal law required; knowledge of European court systems and law preferred
  • Experience writing legal briefs and memoranda
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • English fluency; proficiency in Arabic or European language preferred

Application Instructions:

Interested consultants are invited to submit an application to that includes a resume, cover letter, and a recent writing sample (no more than 1,500 words). The exact statement of work and number of days will be negotiated prior to contract signing. It is anticipated that this scope may include between 15 and 30 consulting hours per week for a period of 2 months, subject to negotiation. The two-month period may be extended based on quality of work product. Applicants will be required to do an interview and to supply professional references. Selection criteria include:

  • Quality of skills, experience, and demonstrated and verified past performance
  • Competitive value for services offered




 STATUS:                   Non-Exempt Employee, Consultant, or Contractual Service

REPORTS TO:          Operations Manager

LOCATION:               Flexible

About the Position:

The Syria Justice & Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking an accountant to perform both accounts payable and accounts receivable functions. 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. SJAC is transitioning from being part of a larger host organization and in doing so, will be operating on its own financial systems for the first time starting in March-April 2017. The accountant consultant will conduct SJAC’s routine payments and general accounting functions. SJAC’s direct monthly expenses, including payroll, average approximately $55,000/month and include frequent international wire transfers. The accountant can maintain a flexible work schedule if they maintain a punctual completion of duties. SJAC prefers the accountant be located in the Washington, DC metro area and available on-site one day a week. Depending on the nature of applicants, SJAC will consider selecting accounting services through one of the following arrangements: (a) an individual part-time employee paid on an hourly basis and without benefits; (b) an individual consultant paid by an hourly rate; or (c) a contractual agreement for accounting services. All organizations/businesses applying must identify and name an individual accountant in their application.

This hourly position is expected to work approximately seven days/month, with additional time during peak times of programmatic activity, annual filings, and audit-support.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform all general organizational accounting via Quickbooks online;
  • Prepare and monitor accounts payable on a weekly basis under the direction of the SJAC Operations Manager;
  • Allocate expenses (fringe, occupancy pool, etc) between direct and indirect costs on a monthly basis;
  • Prepare indirect cost reporting and support the Operations Manager in analyzing indirect rate;
  • Review A/P requests for appropriate approvals, supporting documentation, and any discrepancies. Set up new venders in Quickbook online and code payments;
  • Prepare journal entries for semi-monthly payroll through a payroll service provider. Submit payments for employee benefit programs;
  • Reconcile and close the financial books and records for each monthly, quarterly, and annual financial close;
  • Support cash forecasting by monitoring, managing, and maintaining operating cash and cash flow;
  • Maintain the filing system for the Accounts Payable and Cash Receipts documents;
  • Support the SJAC Operations Manager with preparing financial reporting to donors and filings with IRS and state authorities;
  • Support the SJAC Operations Manager in compliance and audit-preparation.


Skills and Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or equivalent;
  • 3 years of financial or accounting experience, preferably with a nonprofit organization;
  • Strong GAAP accounting experience (general ledger, consolidations, reconciliations, compliance);
  • Experience in analyzing indirect costs and allocation cost pools preferred;
  • Proficiency in Quickbooks online and Excel;
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Please send an email with the subject “SJAC Accountant” to, providing a cover letter and resume as attachments. Cover letters should include your availability and proposed rate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.



Operations Manager


 STATUS:                   Exempt

REPORTS TO:          Executive Director

LOCATION:               Washington, DC


About the Position:

The Syria Justice & Accountability Centre (SJAC) is seeking an Operations Manager to coordinate, oversee, and strive to improve 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 Operations Manager enables SJAC to achieve its mission by managing its internal systems to run efficiently and effectively.

SJAC is transitioning from being part of a larger parent organization and in doing so, will be operating from its own internal systems for the first time starting in March-April 2017. The Operations Manager will oversee SJAC operations as an independent organization in compliance with organizational policies, donor regulations, and local laws. The Manager will work across the SJAC team, with donors, and the SJAC Board of Directors while utilizing the support of a Program Associate, part-time accountant, and expert consultants in finance, compliance, and human resources. The Manager 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. Additionally, the Operations Manager will contribute to SJAC management decisions about resource allocation and how to position SJAC to be more operationally efficient.


General Duties and Responsibilities:


SJAC Finances (Approximately 40%)

The Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing all of SJAC’s accounting and financial systems. They will manage a part-time accountant to fulfill SJAC’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, and recordkeeping needs. The Operations Manager 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 Compliance (Approximately 35%)

The Operations Manager will be responsible for ensuring that SJAC’s systems facilitate compliance with best business practices, donors rules and regulations, and local laws. The Operations Manager will monitor the organization’s compliance with internal policies and procedures. The Manager will be able to utilize the expertise of a senior Grants & Contracts specialist.

  • Work with program staff in conducting procurements and preparing consulting agreements, purchase orders, contract modifications, and subgrants in compliance with SJAC’s policies, 2CFR200, and vetting standards;
  • Train and mentor program staff in compliance considerations, conducting procurement, drafting agreements, and monitoring work performed;
  • Continually seek the improvement of processes for the purposes of better managing the work and agreements of external vendors, consultants, and partners;
  • Review all new awards to SJAC and negotiate on SJAC’s behalf, including engaging an external compliance consultant as appropriate;.


SJAC Human Resources (Approximately 15%)
The Operations Manager will oversee SJAC’s human resources functions and serve as staff’s primary point of contact for all human resources matters. The Manager will maintain relationships with and utilize the expertise of an external payroll provider, medical insurance broker, retirement plan administrator, and an HR consulting firm.

  • Facilitate and document recruitment, new hires, separations, and other changes in employment status;
  • Manage and administer employee benefits;
  • Manage payroll processing with SJAC’s external payroll provider;
  • Oversee timekeeping system, including training employees to accurately record their time and ensuring timesheets are submitted and approved semi-monthly;
  • Ensure all personnel files are complete and compliant with all laws and regulations. Manage employee and organizational information, including sensitive information, in accordance with SJAC documentation retention policies;
  • Oversee annual performance review process;
  • Respond to employee questions about HR concerns and to external requests for employment and income verifications;


SJAC Operations and Internal Communications (Approximately 10%)

The Operations Manager must be attuned to making sure staff have the information and office resources they need to execute their job.

  • Ensure efficient office operations and oversee office inventory and supplies;
  • Work with the SJAC Technology Officer to address SJAC’s technology needs;
  • Develop relationships with and coordinate with the organization providing SJAC’s office space;
  • Support clear international communications and announcements;
  • Help build a strong team culture.


Skills and Qualifications:

  • A minimum of four years supporting operational aspects of an organization, with varied experience in finance, 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 “SJAC Operations Manager” to, providing a cover letter and resume as attachments. Cover letters should include your salary range requirements and availability. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.