Job opportunity: part-time program assistant (Arabic-speaker), Cure Violence, Washington DC area

Cure Violence, Program Assistant (Arabic Speaking)


Cure Violence (formerly CeaseFire Chicago) is an international non-governmental organization working to interrupt and stop the spread of violence using disease control and public health methods that have been used by the World Health Organization and other organizations to address AIDS, cholera, diarrhea, and other leading causes of death in the world. The Cure Violence Strategy has three core activities that work in concert to disrupt the transmission and reduce the prevalence of violence in a community. These activities are interrupt transmission; identify and change the thinking of highest risk transmitters; and changing group norms. Additionally, data and monitoring are used at all levels to measure and provide constant feedback to the system.

The Cure Violence Public Health Strategy has been successfully applied to violent communities throughout Chicago and has been adopted in several other cities in the United States as well as in other countries including Iraq and South Africa. The approach is designed to shift community norms away from treating violence as an acceptable behavior and instead use these norms and social pressure to stop violence before it occurs.  Each replication of the model is specifically adapted to address the type and level of violence and to take into consideration the cultural, political, social, and other aspects of the local situation.   


Cure Violence seeks an Arabic-speaking program assistant to help with the adaptation and implementation of Cure Violence programming in the Middle East and North Africa.  The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in international affairs, international development, or conflict resolution, have 1-4 years of work experience, and be able to read and write Arabic at a native or near-native level.   We have a current opening for a part-time program assistant with the potential to move to full time as we get additional funding.   We are looking for someone who is interested in learning more about our methodology and is committed to the mission of stopping the spread of violence.  Energy and enthusiasm are as important as experience; indeed, we are looking for a recent graduate for this position.   Compensation is expected to be in the range of $20/hour.  The position will be based in the Washington, DC area but the incumbent will most likely be able to telecommute most days.  Special interest in someone with experience in Syria.

Application procedure

Interested candidates should submit the following to jobs_cureviolencedc(at)

  1. Expression of Interest in the form of a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining their relevant experience, suitability for the consultancy, and any specific country expertise;
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for two references


The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 February 2013.


For more information about Cure Violence, please visit our website:

Tags: Arabic-speaking, East, Middle, Syria, assistant, conflict, program, violence

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I'm interested,

but not got the point of location thing.

Is it in DC? part time? nothing online?

Hi Rami - This is more for someone to help with program management of a possible Syria program that we might be doing and that would need to be here in DC but there may be some elements that we could do virtually.  Please submit your resume and cover letter with contact info for references and we can take it from there.  thanks.

Hi Karen , will you start reviewing applications after the deadline? I sent mine but haven't heard anything yet

I'm not sure if this will be answered before the deadline tomorrow, but since this is a part-time position, is it something that can be done completely remotely. I'm located in NYC. 


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