Paid Internship Opportunity: Research and Content Intern – MENA & SSA

Paid Internship Opportunity: Research and Content Intern - MENA & SSA

Data-Pop Alliance is looking for a Research and Content Intern for the MENA and SSA region. We are an international nonprofit created in 2013 out of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the MIT Media Lab and ODI. We bring together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to change the world with data through three pillars of work: diagnosing local realities and human problems with data and AI; mobilizing capacities, communities, and ideas towards more data literate societies, and transforming the systems and processes that underpin our societies and countries. 

DPA has partnered with organizations such as the Inter American Development Bank, UNDP, UN ESCWA, GIZ (German development agency), the Vodafone Institute, Oxfam México and other key international stakeholders to develop projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the MENA region and Asia. We have also deployed 16 workshops in 10 different countries. To learn more about DPA, please visit our website or read our 2019-2020 report here.

Dates: 3 months, full-time. 

Location: Tunisia, and other locations in the UTC+1, UTC+2 time zone. 

Scope of Work

Reporting to the Project Manager in Tunisia and working closely with the Communications & Partnerships Officer, the Research and Content Intern will produce research in the fields of data, development, Covid-19, gender, and others that are relevant to the ongoing projects in the MENA and the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regions. In addition, the intern will assist with ongoing projects with UN-ESCWA in Lebanon and Jordan, and with UNDP in Togo and Liberia and contribute to generating content and knowledge products for our website, DPA’s C-19 Global South Observatory as well as assist in prospecting and outreach to partners on potential projects.  Amongst others, primary activities for the Research and Content Intern include:

Research (50%)                                                    
  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data relevant to the current and prospective projects.
  • Assist with project and research documentation, including recording meeting minutes and  taking notes, preparing the weekly progress reports, editing reports, policy briefs and presentations
  • Draft memos, briefs, reports, and presentations on a variety of topics, including topics of sustainable development (inequality, gender, social and economic development, etc), data governance and ethics, data initiatives for Covid-19, and broadly, on Data4Development topics. This may include reading and summarizing external studies and reports related to our work, to include best practices and current trends in Data4Development, including the use of AI and Big Data in the international development field. 
  • Scope current data initiatives in the MENA region as well as Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly those related to Covid-19. 
Content creation (50%)
  • Lead research and create country briefs based on literature review, data analysis,  and interviews. This includes keeping track of emerging trends and events in countries already in our project pipeline (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Perú, República Dominicana, México) including fact-checking new briefs and producing analysis comparing situations across countries. 
  • With assistance from our staff, create content based on interviews and outreach with our current network of researchers and experts to be published on our blog and shared in social media.
  • Propose and write content for the blog on a periodic basis, with support of the Communications Manager.
  • Translate (Arabic-French-English) project documentation (including reports, articles, blogs) when necessary.
Other Tasks
  • Participate in meetings with other DPA researchers.
  • Support in other tasks and duties required.


  • Recent graduate (or student in last semester of university) with a degree in International Relations, International Development, Journalism, Political Science, Development Economics or other social science fields. 
  • Strong interest in research at the intersection of international sustainable development and data.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Arabic and French (full professional fluency). Knowledge of Spanish is a plus.  
  • High-level of organization, detail orientation and time management. 
  • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to multitask, while being proactive, analytical and organized.
  • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis (especially if the candidate has proven knowledge of R and/or Python and/or WordPress).
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). 
  • Comfortable with remote teams and processes. 

Candidates should be able to work independently, manage their time wisely, and meet deadlines. They should be detail-focused, reliable, professional, and possess strong research, writing, editing, and analysis skills, as well as excellent communication, and interpersonal skills.


  • Acquire experience in an international organisation, working with a wide range of specialists in a high level research environment.
  • Autonomous and remote-friendly workplace culture.  
  • Globally conscious culture invested in the ethical use of data and technology to solve real problems.
  • Peer-to-peer learning and development.
  • A lifetime community of like-minded change-makers. 


500 USD/month

Recruitment process

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a CV, a cover letter with two academic or work references, and one writing sample (in English) to with the subject line “Research and Content Intern, MENA & SSA” by November 18th, 6:00pm EST. 

Equal opportunity

Data-Pop Alliance employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical and/or mental handicap or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Data-Pop Alliance has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of four designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


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