DRC - Emergency Programs Intern

Programming Goma, Congo, Democratic Republic Of (Was Zaire)


INTERNSHIP TITLE: DRC - Emergency Programs Internship

INTERN WORKSITE LOCATION: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: June - November 2019

AVAILABILITY: M-F 9am-5pm (flexible)



Mercy Corps responsibilities

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

  • ISOS Emergency Med-Evac coverage
  • Health insurance to be reimbursed in-country by DRC office, to a cap of $100/month
  • Ground transport in country
  • Visa fees to be (reimbursed by DRC office)
  • Housing in Goma (shared)
  • One leave day per month

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • International travel
  • Medical costs in addition to standard insurance coverage (vaccinations, if applicable)
  • All other costs associated with this internship


Mercy Corps is an international humanitarian and development Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which has been operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2007, with a staff of about 200 people. Mercy Corps’ country office is located in Goma with field offices in Kitchanga (North Kivu), Bukavu (South Kivu), and Bunia (Ituri), and a representative office in Kinshasa.

Current Mercy Corps emergency activities in the DRC focus on providing emergency assistance to to communities affected by population movements and/or natural disaster, especially through cash distributions and WASH activities.


At the completion of this internship, the intern will:

  • Have a strong understanding of program management cycle and minimum standards.
  • Acquire experience in grants management of programs.
  • Comprehend the role of all departments in humanitarian, transition and development programs.
  • Understand the operational systems of an international NGO in country in implementing emergency programs.
  • Acquire experience in working in a Consortium structure with other international NGOs.
  • Be able to write quality reports, communication pieces, and learning products, and to draft specific program management tools.
  • Acquire experience in developing program proposals.
  • Understand relationships with institutional and private donors (including their procedures and requirements) and partners in country.
  • Gain a general understanding of local social, political, environmental, and economic issues, a basic grasp of their underlying causes in the local context of Eastern DRC, and Mercy Corps’ approach to addressing these issues.


The Intern will support Mercy Corps DRC’ Emergency programs through the following activities:

  • Supporting the daily grants activities, in coordination with the Emergency Grants Officer;
  • Reviewing internal and external reports;
  • Representing Mercy Corps in external meetings and coordination fora;
  • Archiving programs documents on the internal server;
  • Leading sessions during workshop organized for the program’s teams.


  • English and French fluency, spoken and written;
  • Graduate study, complete or in progress, in international development, or other relevant course study.
  • Knowledge of program management;
  • Demonstrated interest in humanitarian and emergency response programming and strong motivation.
  • Experience in drafting or supporting report, communication and learning pieces;
  • Strong writing and analytical skills required;
  • Ability to respect Mercy Corps procedures, to meet deadlines, to work independently and cooperatively with team members is required;
  • Patient, calm, and willing to come to work each day with a sense of humor;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the context of the DRC.

Mercy Corps interns and team members 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.