IIP Placements in Jordan
Location: Amman, Jordan
Endeavor is a non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to global development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Working through an extensive network of local contacts, Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, ethical grounding, and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently has offices in 14 developing countries. The Jordan office launched in 2009. As of September 2012, the Endeavor Jordan portfolio comprises 12 companies and 20 entrepreneurs, representing diverse industries and stages of growth. IIP interns will help seek, identify, and select potential Jordanian high-impact entrepreneurs to present at the Endeavor International Selection panels and may also work directly with selected Endeavor entrepreneurs. Responsibilities may also include: proactively seeking out and screening high-potential entrepreneurs running companies with $0.5-$15 M in annual sales; assessing companies’ growth potential, critical challenges, and entrepreneurial capacity; conducting in-depth interviews with entrepreneur candidates; drafting company overviews and detailed profiles; analyzing business concept, innovation, growth potential and management team; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; keeping statistics on Endeavor’s selection process; maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential entrepreneur candidates; and other ad hoc tasks related to Endeavor’s work as needed by staff. An interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of economic development are essential for interested candidates. Strong writing ability is a must. Arabic language skills are not required, but would be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas
Location: Amman, Jordan
The International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas (ICARDA) implements the Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI), which is funded by USAID. This program is currently operating in eight countries in the Middle East. WLI Jordan is seeking an IIP intern to support ongoing research for development activities in rural communities facing severe water shortage. These communities practice livestock production, and the WLI seeks sustainable grazing practices to enable livelihoods for target communities. This IIP internship will be housed in ICARDA’s office in Amman, Jordan. The WLI project focuses building the livelihoods of community members within agrarian communities in the Middle East. In Jordan their target “benchmark” site is in the steppe or “badia,” which receives very little rainfall. The local communities are involved with livestock production in the desert area with poor soils that get further degraded by overgrazing. Social scientists work with the communities to understand the needs and challenges to raising livestock in this area and the biophysical scientists test new techniques for water harvesting to sustainably grow for grazing. In 2014, the WLI is planning to partner with Mercy Corps in Jordan to scale out these technologies to communities across Jordan. The IIP intern will be involved with community development planning to understand challenges to uptake of ICARDA signature technologies. She/he will work to communicate these social/technical barriers to uptake of the technologies so that ICARDA scientists and partners may modify the technology to make it applicable. IIP candidates should have strong interpersonal and writing skills and interests in social or physical science, IT, community organizing, agricultural research, and applied research. Experience with agricultural development will be a plus as would professional proficiency in Arabic, although prior experience with Arabic is not required for success in this internship. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS)
Location: Amman, Jordan
MESIS is an NGO based in Amman, Jordan, established in 2002. It is a joint initiative between the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan and Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. Though it is a scientific organization, very few of the staff members are scientists by training. MESIS deals primarily with chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks. These risks are not only a result of deliberate actions such a dirty bomb but can be accidental, such as an explosion at an industrial facility that uses toxic chemicals, or natural, such as a pandemic. This is why it is important that civil society is involved in addressing these risks. MESIS’ main role is to develop and implement regional training and engagement programs for experts from government (military and civilian) or otherwise (academia and private sector) with a view to raise awareness about these threats and build capacity to deal with them. Since these threats are cross border by nature, MESIS also looks to promote regional cooperation in these areas, thereby promoting the role of science and technology collaboration in bringing people together. MESIS works on exciting and cutting edge issues that lie at the nexus of science and security issues. Examples include the development of a regional response plan for pandemic outbreaks/biohazard outbreaks/radiological accidents, the localization of best practices on nuclear security and the testing of infrasound technologies to be used for the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty verification regime. This IIP internship is flexible in the sense that the IIP intern can be involved on a number of different issues. IIP interns will be assigned specific tasks but will also have a choice to pursue other work that is related to MESIS's mission. IIP work responsibilities will include: arranging, planning and implementing major international conferences, training programs and scientific experiments. The IIP intern’s involvement may cover budgeting, logistics, PR and outreach and customer relations and/or on the content of the event which typically falls within the areas chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) issues; developing funding proposals and meeting with prospective donors; arranging and/or attending high level meetings with local or foreign dignitaries; and preparing meeting material, speeches and presentation, and memos on specific topics of interests. Previous IIP interns have helped implement major international conferences at MESIS, as well as helping on the content-side of the event (working to develop language for a code of conduct for chemistry in the Middle East, helping shape the U.S. Federation of Scientists’ engagement in the region and interfacing with high level diplomats from Jordan, the US and elsewhere). IIP candidates with a background in international affairs, public policy, development, Middle East studies, human or hard sciences, management, marketing, and a specific interest in science and technology or broader interest in the role that science and technology can play in furthering regional stability are encouraged to apply. Basic Arabic would be an asset but is not required. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
USAID/Jordan, Office of Water Resources and Environment
Location: Amman, Jordan
The Office of Water Resources and Environment at USAID/Jordan strives to improve water security for Jordanian families by funding and spearheading agricultural research, sponsoring infrastructure projects in Jordanian communities, and supporting Jordanian government initiatives to combat water insecurity in the Kingdom. USAID/Jordan is seeking an IIP intern to assist these research and management endeavors and will work with the IIP intern to create a position tailored to his/her interests and strengths. Given the variety of projects that the Water Office manages, the IIP intern could be serving as an internal consultant on water demand management projects, conducting field research on the implementation of cutting edge, water efficient agricultural techniques, or even serving on implementation teams for new water projects in Jordanian communities. For example, the previous IIP intern served as an internal consultant for the evaluation of a local NGO partner’s performance,and managed logistics and translated for a team of graduate student researchers investigating the effect of a USAID project on improving rural communities’ water security and its impact on communal conflict. The position, while based in Amman, will involve travel opportunities to other Jordanian cities and governorates. IIP candidates with a science, technical, or Middle Eastern studies background are preferred, but all IIP candidates will be considered on their merits. Fluency in Arabic would be an asset, but prior experience with Arabic is not required for success in this internship. Skills in MATLAB, R, or Sigma Stat would also be an asset. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.