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Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) Graduate Internship (Paid)

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is currently seeking a part-time Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) graduate intern to assist the organization’s Development Manager.  Please see the description below for more information about the position. Applications will be considered until May 14, 2021.

General information

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is an international nongovernmental organization that fights poverty and inequality by advancing human rights as guiding principles of social, economic and development policy. To read more about CESR’s work, follow this link.

CESR interns generally work part-time, two days per week. Although we are eager to negotiate a relatively consistent schedule, days and hours of work are flexible. The CESR office is currently based in New York City, USA, with several staff based remotely in different regions. The program associate will work remotely with regular consultation with their supervisor and other staff. Location is flexible, as long as some overlap of working hours with the rest of the team can be ensured. Interns are paid a stipend of USD 720 - 960 per month, taking into account the cost of living in their location, but are not eligible for  health insurance or other employee benefits.

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in the role to Please specify in your cover letter what skills you have that might be applicable to MLE-related duties. Please also specify when you would be available for the internship. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the date specified above. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Intern responsibilities

The intern will support the MLE Team (the Director of Strategy and Learning and Development Manager) to ensure that relevant data and insights are captured systematically across project teams and that the knowledge gained contributes to the improvement of activities and influences the strategic development of future projects. In particular, they will assist in:  

  • Designing data collection tools, such as templates, forms, questionnaires etc.
  • Regular data collection, including by:

                       - Interviewing stakeholders, such as partners and allies from different movements, as well as CESR staff.

                       - Attending various virtual events such as meetings, workshops, conferences, and seminars.

  • Data management and quality control.
  • Analyzing data and producing reports, factsheets with useful analysis and presentation as necessary in a timely manner.
  • Documenting and sharing lessons learned and best practices.
  • Carrying out other duties and responsibilities related to MLE as assigned.



  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in public policy, international affairs, nonprofit management or other relevant field.  Individuals not currently enrolled in a course of graduate study will not be considered.
  • Experience designing tools for data collection, conducting data analysis and producing reports.
  • Good interpersonal, communications, and facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications and G-Suite.
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate fluently in English.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage diverse activities and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility working both independently and as a member of a team.

Highly desirable


  • Experience of and/or graduate level coursework in MLE research methods, and/or basic quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Background knowledge of human rights and social justice advocacy.
  • Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish or Arabic.