Sayara International is now providing Internship opportunities to three (3) candidates to join its Research and Programs department in its Sudan office. This role is full-time for a four-month period and is based in Sayara’s Sudan office. Please read the full Terms of Reference below and the guidelines on how to apply for this role. We look forward to hearing from you.

Position Description:

We are looking to offer opportunities to three motivated and driven Research and Programs Interns to support Sayara’s research and program activities while providing a crucial educational opportunity to aspiring youth in the M&E sector.  

The purpose of each internship: 

    1. Enhance the educational experience of graduate students through practical and guided hands-on exposure and involvement in development projects in Sudan. 
    2. Provide graduate students with an exposure to the working environment of a global development organization and a better understanding of working in conflict-affected and transitioning societies. 


The Research and Programs Interns will report to Sayara’s Research and Programs Associates. 

The Research and Programs Interns will contribute to the work Sayara does to build positive change in societies that most need it. You will be working as part of a welcoming and diverse international team of experienced professionals. 

About Sayara International:

Sayara International is a social enterprise combining rigorous research and communication to create positive change in fragile and conflict-affected societies.

Sayara provides complex monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in the most challenging environments. We work on countering disinformation, measuring social cohesion, and assessing education, migration, inclusive governance, climate change, and health.

Diverse perspectives and an emphasis on equity bring strength to Sayara. Gender, inclusion, and intersectional identities are cross-cutting themes across all our internal practices and our programs for governments, civil society organizations, and international institutions.

Sayara has evolved across unstable contexts. Our decentralized structure – with a global leadership network and investment in local talent – enables agility and rapid start-up, while equipping us with unique values and competencies.

Founded in 2003, Sayara operates in 30 countries across Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Our teams of professionals are based in field offices in Khartoum, Kyiv (until recently), and Nairobi, with support from our offices in Dubai, London, Marseille, and Warsaw.


Under the direct supervision of the Research and Programs Associates, the intern is expected to perform the following tasks:    

  • Conduct research in the thematic priority areas that is determined jointly by the supervisor and the intern (e.g. transitional government; migration and reintegration; disinformation).   
  • Provide support to the Programs team in research and desk reviews.  
  • Support team in translation when needed.  
  • Support in research training workshops.    
  • Support in preparing enumerators fieldwork schedules when relevant.    
  • Assist in coordination of data collection.  
  • Contribute to the preparation of program briefs, reports, project documents, and possible field visits.   
  • Perform background research (qualitative and quantitative) on project activities.    
  • Assist with research activities.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.  


Desired Qualifications/ Skills:

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Development, or other relevant social sciences.
  • Basic understanding and background in qualitative and quantitative research methods.  
  • International experience is an asset.  
  • Must have graduated recently.


Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge management and sharing.  
  • Works efficiently and familiar with best modes of practice within an organization.  
  • Demonstrates excellent written communication skills.  
  • Ability to extract, interpret, and analyze data and present them using simple language.  
  • Focus on results for the client and respond positively to feedback.  
  • Consistently approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude with the ability to work under pressure.  
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (in particular, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).  
  • Previous experience in writing proposals is an asset.


Reporting Obligations:

The Research and Program Interns will report to the Research and Programs Associates.  

Location & Travel:

This position is office-based, so all those who apply are required to be based in Sudan if they are selected for the role or are willing to relocate to Sudan for the duration of the internship. Note that Sayara will also sponsor the Visa for the selected applicant.

We highly encourage applications from women and people originating from minority groups.    


Applicant   Monthly Allowance  Support provided by Sayara  
National   300 USD   
International   300 USD  Visa sponsorship only, no other benefits included 

Job Type:

This is a full-time internship (40 hours per week), Sunday – Thursday. 


The Research and Programs Interns will be offered a four (4) month internship, with the possibility of an extension or fixedterm recruitment, based on the discretion of, and mutual agreement between Sayara and the Research and Programs Intern.

Application Process:

Please submit your detailed CV and cover letter with up-to-date contact information via email to Please use “Research and Programs Intern” as the subject line of your email.  

The deadline for applications is November 7, 2022. Note that CVs will be screened on a rolling basis and Sayara will offer the position to the candidate who meets the requirements – even if it is before the deadline.  

Sayara does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. Should you have any queries about the role please contact us at 

Equal Opportunities: 

Sayara International is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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