IIP Placements in Jordan
Location: Amman, Jordan
Founded in 1997, Endeavor is a global non-profit organization that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world by providing them with key ingredients to entrepreneurial success such as strategic advice and access to a world-class network of mentors. Through the guidance that Endeavor offers, entrepreneurs can tangibly impact their communities, generate new job opportunities, bolster their countries’ national wealth, inspire others to innovate, and contribute to private sector development. In 2009, Endeavor Jordan was established and currently supports 20 Jordanian entrepreneurs operating within different sectors. 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 concepts, innovation, growth potential, and management teams; preparing and coaching final candidates for Local Panels and International Selection Panels; working with Endeavor Global and other affiliates to provide selected entrepreneurs with additional support and resources from Endeavor's network; 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.
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. IIP interns also may have the opportunity to work on one of the following three projects:
- Network for Radiation Monitoring- MESIS administers a network that seeks to develop common standards on radiation monitoring across the Middle East. It is important to develop such standards across the region and then try to raise them. This can be useful for a variety of applications whether environmental (detecting accidental releases) or relating to security (detecting proliferation). MESIS manages this project which includes managing data sharing, hosting the website, managing communication between network members and organizing its annual workshop. Aside from policy makers and scientists from the region, it includes participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and the US Department of Energy among others. An IIP intern could be involved in any number of activities they would like on this project. This includes the content side such as being an official rapporteur for the annual workshop, designing the agenda for the year in consultation with donors, developing the metrics by which the workshop is assessed and developing workshop reports and policy memos for regional partners in government and the Arab League. It may also include administrative tasks like managing the news and events section on the website, arranging logistics for the annual workshop (airlines, agenda, local transportation and other vendors), managing budgets and price quotations.
- Site Assessment- MESIS manages a project to ensure that there are standards in place at facilities that use low-level radioactive sources. These include hospitals who used radioisotopes for cancer treatment and academic institutions that use radioactive sources to calibrate equipment. The idea behind the project is to ensure that the overlooked side of radiological and nuclear security (the soft underbelly) is not overlooked. An IIP intern could conduct site assessment visits with members of the staff, be responsible for developing the reporting and documentation of the site visits and be involved in communicating with a variety of stakeholders.
- News for Stakeholders-MESIS tries to ensure that its website is constantly updated with news that is of interest to our stakeholders. An intern may be requested to research and write short pieces of news that might of interest to our stakeholders and analyze the analytics that monitor each story. This will help determine which stories to select in the future.
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.