Timor-Leste - Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture / Social Behavior Change Communication Internship

Internships Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor)


DATES OF INTERNSHIP:   May - August 2017 (flexible)   


INTERN'S SUPERVISOR: Director of Programs

Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

  • ISOS Med-Evac coverage
  • In-country travel related to this internship
  • Work space in Mercy Corps’ office
  • Visa fees
  • Modest accommodations (likely shared/communal)

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Living expenses
  • International travel
  • Medical insurance
  • All other costs associated with this internship


PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Mercy Corps’ country program in Timor-Leste has operated at the forefront of the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) and Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) space with a specific focus on the Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) methodology. We have a number of new and exciting programs in various stages of launch and maturation. This internship is aimed at supporting these programs, in particular through their various stages of research design, preparation, training, implementation, analysis, reporting, and communicating. Therefore, the selected intern will need to be familiar with these technical concepts, highly adaptable to the fast paced nature of our work here, willing to work closely with national staff counterparts and consultants in both the capital, Dili, as well as in the field, covering occasional weekends and long days, be an effective communicator and have a good sense of humor.



Through the internship process, the intern will gain:

  • Knowledge and experience facilitating and documenting qualitative and quantitative studies;
  • Technical experience in working on NSA/SBCC programs in developing country context;
  • Experience drafting communication pieces on NSA/SBCC based on field-driven data analysis;
  • Greater awareness of the reality of program implementation in the Timor-Leste context through on-the-ground observation and facilitation of qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Knowledge and experience in Project Management Life Cycle, including Logical Framework, Theories of Change, Performance Indicators, as well as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning;
  • Through practical field experience, gain a general understanding of Timor-Leste’s dynamic social, political, economic, and cultural issues, a basic grasp of their underlying causes, and Mercy Corps’ approach to addressing these issues.


  • 1 analytic report
  • 1 case study
  • 1 communication piece for public dissemination
  • 1 blog post for the Mercy Corps website


  • Currently enrolled or recent graduate from an advanced program studying agriculture, nutrition, economic development, international development, communications, media or other relevant studies;
  • Knowledge of best practices in M&E and/or communications;
  • Experience in drafting or supporting communication pieces;
  • Strong writing and analytical skills are a must. (A writing sample will be requested from the candidate);
  • Previous field experience a plus;
  • Knowledge of quantitative analysis and database management a plus;
  • Knowledge about nutrition-sensitive agriculture and/or social behavior change communication and/or designing for behavior change is an advantage.


Dili is a safe and secure city with modern, albeit modest, amenities. Housing and other living conditions are generally modest and comfortable, although the cost of living is high for the developing country context. Health care can be limited, although an internationally staffed clinic is open 24hours in Dili.  Accommodation in the field is rustic, and the intern should be prepared to spend time in lodging and guesthouses with limited hours of electricity per day, limited internet access, and no hot water. Dili is always hot and humid, but the months of May-November are the dry season with ideal beach, snorkeling and diving conditions.

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.