Social Impact and Community Development Internship

Education and/or Teacher Training, Languages and Philological Sciences, Social Sciences
10 Jan, 2022 to 16 Dec, 2022
17 Nov, 2021

General information

6 months

Humans in the Loop is an award-winning social enterprise providing training and employment opportunities to refugees, asylum seekers and other conflict-affected people in Bulgaria and the Middle East.

The Social Impact and Community Development intern would have a crucial role in improving the quality and efficiency of our social impact, and in building a sense of community amongst our workers and beneficiaries. We are looking for a Masters or advanced Undergraduate student with experience in social work, project management, and /or international development.

The individual should be passionate about refugee integration, taking into consideration cultural and gender specifics.



· The intern would take responsibility measuring HITL's social impact, including writing a Social Impact Report for 2021. This would include planning and implementing all data collection tools, surveys, focus groups and questionnaires.

· It is expected that the intern would do a number of one to one interviews with a number of our workers to gain an understanding of their experience with the organisation.

· The intern is expected to use quantitative and qualitative analysis of all the findings to create a comprehensive report including recommendations on how to improve the way that we work in order to make a greater impact.

- Utilising community development approaches to identify where gaps in provision by HITL and other organisations are, and to work with colleagues to develop new projects to fill these gaps.

· Additionally, the intern will work with the Chief Impact Officer to develop and/or improve existing project management frameworks of HITL, such as theory of change, logical framework, value chain analysis, M&E plan, etc.

· Develop and/or improve other existing Monitoring and Evaluation materials, such as surveys and assessments

· Develop and/or improve existing policies and strategies

· Contribute to fundraising efforts by researching grant opportunities and drafting grant applications

- Support the Training Coordinator with planning and implementing new training programmes. Interns who are interested can also take responsibility for teaching new or existing courses.

- Leading a committee including members of our community group, to plan regular events (online and in person) to build up a sense of community amongst our beneficiaries.


Profile of candidate:

· Masters or Advanced Undergraduate student in Social Work, International

Development, Education, Middle Eastern Studies, Sociology, or otherrelevant fields

· Experience with international development projects, fundraising and grant application drafting and/or refugee integration

- An understanding of the community development approach

· Knowledge of relevant frameworks such as logframes, theories of change, M&E standards, etc.

· Knowledge of the current refugee crisis as well as the countries of origin of refugees: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and their cultural specificities

· Knowledge of Arabic or Persian is an advantage.


Candidates are expected to join HITL’s team on site in Sofia, Bulgaria. The company will provide the necessary documents for applying for a visa for Bulgaria, if needed.


Please note this position is unpaid and the company is not able to provide support for housing and travel expenses


Dates: we are flexible regarding start dates. Our current intern is leaving in February 2022 and an overlap would be useful. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required, up to a year is desirable.

No financial compensation


Arabic  Social impact  Community development  Refugee  Asylum seeker  Bulgaria  Middle East  MEAL  Monitoring  Evaluation  Impact  Community  Charity  Social enterprise  
English: Proficient User C1
Arabic: Independent User B2
Persian: Independent User B2
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