Hiring: WinC Intern (Arabic & English Speaking)

I am looking for an ace intern to join the Women In Conflict project. Is this you? Email me at jillianjfoster@gmail.com with your CV & cover letter asap.

Title: Women In Conflict, Project Intern


  1. Data Management & Research
  • Transcribe interviews (Arabic & English)
  • Background research, as needed
  • Write literature reviews
  • Code and organize data (qualitative and quantitative)
  1. Outreach
  • Draft proposals and pitch sheets
  • Draft WinC and guest blog posts
  • Create PR plan
  • Promote WinC via social media
  • Research funders and partners
  • Plan and attend, where necessary, internal and external meetings


The Women In Conflict project is looking for an enthusiastic intern who is passionate about the gender, peace and security agenda, and specifically promoting women’s voices in conflict and peacebuilding. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and hard working.

  • BA/BSc in international development, international studies, gender studies or similar
  • Strong interest in the gender, peace and security agenda
  • Fluent in Arabic and English (required)
  • Experience with interview transcription (desired)
  • Very familiar with spreadsheets (Excel) and Word
  • Excellent writing skills and professionalism on email
  • Comfortable with social media, including Linkedin
  • Savvy ability to navigate confidentiality and exercise good judgment
  • Lives in or near New York City (preferred)
  • Laptop available for work (required)
  • Demonstrated attention to detail (required)

Time & Location Commitment:

  • 16 hours (2 days) per week
  • WeWork Fulton Center (222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038) and remote work

How to apply:

Please send your CV/resume and cover letter to jillianjfoster@gmail.com asap. Interviews will take place August 20th-24th, with an immediate start date. Please note, this is an unpaid position.

S: Community Watchdog & Defender of Home


I met S (her chosen pseudonym) in Shatila, a large Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon which is now home to a growing number of Syrians arriving daily. She is a visibly strong woman in a knowing-without-telling way. Dressed in all black, with a simply hijab and welcoming smile, her hands are warn beyond her 43 years. Her eyes tired and heavy with grief, but with a stoic veneer that communicates stability, reliability, and calm.

As the eldest daughter in a long line of brothers, S was taught by her father to be a strong independent woman. She dreamed of joining the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF, Assad’s military) as a child, but, as if prophetic in his own way, her father instructed her to never rely on the regime for protection. Instead, he taught her to protect herself and her family. She learned to use guns, drive motorcycles and cars, and speak her mind. She has always been involved in family decision-making and is often the one others turn to for guidance.

“Reality is imposed on you. You must act.”

Along the sea, among a small cluster of villages in Syria, S raised her seven children – three boys and four girls. She is a keeper of knowledge in her village. She is the one others turn to in times of crisis. She is the woman that rows the boat to get needed supplies in the harbor. She is the community escort for those scared to cross checkpoints. She rides motorcycles. She opens her home to families fleeing violence. And three years ago, she was the one who lifted her barely alive nephew, not knowing where or how she found the strength, into a car and drove him to a doctor during attacks by the Syrian regime.

At first, the SAF attacked one village at a time. S and her family fled, moving from one neighboring village to the next. Over and over and over again.

The SAF eventually encircled the entire cluster of villages and S had two choices; run or fight. As she had done for the past several months, S chose to fight. She sent her husband away with her children to find safety in another city while she stayed behind to protect their home and cattle, alone.

As a part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA, major resistance militia founded by defected SAF officers and soldiers), S provided medical care, served as a messenger of information and a watchdog for her community, and single-handedly defended her home.

“If you feel like you’ve lost everything and everyone, you cannot just sit back.”

No longer associated with the FSA – she explained that all those with whom she had connections have passed away, though her brother remains involved after having deserted the SAF – S moved her family to the relative calm of Shatila two years ago undocumented despite all efforts to secure legal papers. She continues to defend her family as the breadwinner – the family subsists on 600 USD per month – and decision-maker.

Unspoken Connection


18 days in Lebanon. There is an unspoken connection among women, no matter your location in life. I feel it in the knowing glances, raised eyebrows, and vaguely masked smiles. Visiting a Syrian refugee camp in the Beqaa Valley, the unspoken connection was a young woman beckoning me into her kitchen as she prepared iftar dinner with her husband’s other wife. A few days prior, sitting in the living room of a Kurdish-Syrian family, the same unspoken connection was felt in the smiles of a woman, her daughter, and her sister-in-law as they proudly served Nescafe and told me about their journey from Syria to the partially finished building just outside of Beirut they now occupied.

Women In Conflict goes to Beirut in 8 days!

June is about to get real. I leave for Beirut in 8 days. Yes, 8. Flights booked. Lodging confirmed. Airport taxi arranged.

The Women In Conflict (WinC) project has been nearly a decade in the making. If you’ve spent any time around me in the past 8 years, you’ve likely suffered through my rants on “supposed gender-neutral” foreign policy and felt slightly alarmed upon witnessing my unusually large collection of terrorism-related books. You’ve probably glanced in shock at my massive project budget spreadsheets, and I know you’ve whispered a little “what the hell” under your breath after hearing my plans for field research. Every bone in my body believes in this work. I know the Women In Conflict project will change the way we understand what is ‘woman’, especially in conflict settings. Documenting women’s lived experience is absolutely critical to redefining women as more than passive victims. Moreover, by listening to women, rather than speaking for women, we tell women “your voice matters … you matter.”

Please consider supporting this work here.

New Workshop Series with Global Insight

Exciting news! Global Insight  is starting a new series of workshops.

Join me June 11th @ 1-5p in Midtown Manhattan

Learn how gender analysis is applied to logic models, results frameworks, and theories of change.

If your work touches international development, domestic or international aid, organizing, or human rights, you’ll likely find our next workshop extremely helpful.

Limited space, but all are welcome. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gender-analysis-for-logic-models-results-frameworks-theories-of-change-tickets-17020444608

More info on other Global Insight workshops/events here: http://g-insight.org/events/

Our team also develops customized workshops for organizations.  Please contact me if your organization would like to learn more.

Queen of Madina

Madina, Accra, GhanaFrom the car I saw her. Brown and gold layers of cloth enveloping a distinctive figure rich with the righteous scars of creating and bearing witness to life. Her skin weathered but her hands strong, she inhabited a space physically demanding and emotionally taxing, all while maintaining a knowing calm. Whereas I struggled to restore a semblance of ‘zen’ amongst the chaos of the market – imagine store fronts masked by a wave of makeshift stalls occupying every nook and cranny of streets and alleys, which pulsed with hundreds of simultaneous negotiations all set to the soundtrack of local Ghanaian music interrupted by competing horns in a sauna-like heat – this woman effortlessly reconnected with vendors who had clearly become old friends after decades of patronage. Arguably the informal Queen of Madina, this woman reminded me of the powerful and often overlooked role women play in our communities. Her movement built upon an understanding of things from the vantage point of an observer whose survival requires managing the intricacies of a system that often favors the needs of others above her own.

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