INTERN WORKSITE LOCATION: Washington DC DATES OF INTERNSHIP: September to December (flexible) LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: 4 months at 30 hours a week (flexible) INTERNS SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Senior Advisor Program Performance and Quality FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE INTERNSHIP: Mercy Corps responsibilitiesFor the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:$670/month stipendWorkstation within Mercy Corps DC office headquartersAccess to Mercy Corps online tools Intern responsibilitiesIntern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:Living expensesTransportations costsAll other costs associated with this internship PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Mercy Corps alleviates poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities in over 40 countries around the world. Our Operations Department supports field-led work that delivers measurable impact. The Program Performance and Quality (“PaQ”) Department is a newly integrated team consisting of monitoring and evaluation functions, program management, gender integration, and a global data management software (called Tola), which is under development. The team’s approach supports both foundational and cutting edge adaptive management approaches to program management, with design, monitoring, evaluation and learning functions as key processes and benchmarks to ensuring evidenced-based decision making for quality program implementation. The team works across a wide spectrum of stakeholders both internal and external to Mercy Corps, as well as diverse technical program approaches and sectors. While the specific roles and responsibilities of this position may evolve over time based on the needs of the team, and the agency, they should include:Updating MELWiki with internal and external resourcesIndicator review and revisions from a number of technical sectorsSupporting the annual beneficiary country process and associated SADD collectionContributing to agency indicator tracking system and beneficiary count processAttending events in the DC to represent the Program Performance and Quality teamSupporting and organizing webinars and learning activities for program teamsSupporting proposals and programs as needed LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The intern will gain skills in monitoring & evaluation design and planning, as well as gender specific measurement. The intern will also gain knowledge in effective program management, data systems, monitoring and evaluation, and gender integration. DELIVERABLES:Lead updates and revisions of 2-3 technical sectors in the Design for Impact Guide (DIG) for program indicators and toolsWrite learning document about SADD collection and analysis and beneficiary definitionsEdit beneficiary count guidanceSet up management plan and input into agency process for country beneficiary count submissions IDEAL CANDIDATE SHOULD POSSESS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:Graduate study complete or in progress in international relations, human rights, development or related field.Experience conducting research and analysis from primary and secondary data.Experience and interest working on program management and qualityExperience writing case studies, internal communications, and vibrant storytellingAbility to present projects to peers and others as part of representation.Strong organizational and communication skills.Experience in international development and monitoring and evaluationExperience developing indicators and related guidance and roolsData management skills, such as experience setting up databases or using online platforms for data managementDemonstrated data visualization experience, including excel charts and online platforms SUCCESS FACTORS:Self-starter and ability to be managed remotely.Flexibility in a non-hierarchical environment.Multi-tasker with the proven ability to organize and prioritize competing prioritiesDemonstrated ability to communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles, follow procedures, and meet deadlinesFlexibility and creativity in planning and problem solvingAbility to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for resultsUnderstanding for diverse cultural, political and religious environments and be able to work successfully in those environments.Maintaining a sense of humor in stressful situations. Mercy Corps interns and volunteers represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues. Diversity is powerful. To achieve transformational change, we seek out team members with different origins, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of thinking. Diversity helps us unlock complexity.