Proposal Developer (Part-time)

About us: 

Elva Community Engagement ( helps peacebuilding and stabilization organizations to collect, visualize and analyse reliable field data from hard-to-reach communities in conflict-affected areas in a responsible and sustainable manner.

From Eastern Ukraine to Syria and the Sahel, our ability to provide high-resolution, real-time data and trend analysis has unlocked better targeted and effective interventions for a range of different partners, from humanitarian organizations to local governments and peacebuilders. 

Our work is being recognised and supported by leading international organisations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union and other donors.

Where we work

Based in The Netherlands and Georgia, our work takes us to different conflict-affected areas in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Amongst others, we have worked on the following topics:

  • Monitoring violent extremism in the Lake Chad region: mapping  the influence of violent extremist organizations in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
  • Monitoring conflict and reconciliation trends in Syria: mapping data from local communities on violent incidents and attacks across the country
  • Monitoring community safety needs in Eastern Ukraine: working with a network of local community residents to monitor local security dynamics and incidents.

Tasks and responsibilities

Your main task will be to assist in the writing of proposals to various proposals to tenders published by international organizations such as USAID, EU, the World Bank and others. Although you will receive extensive support from Elva’s directors, you are expected to work independently for the majority of any assigment.

Besides this, depending on your availability, personal interests and previous experience, you might be asked to work on tasks and activities, such as: 

  • Help drafting project proposals and reports to clients.
  • Providing ad-hoc assistance on other running projects.
  • Analysis of survey data and eyewitness reports from communities affected by violent extremism and conflict (mostly Africa and the Middle East).

We offer:

Relevant work experience within a dynamic, ambitious team that is involved in a range of innovative conflict transformation and humanitarian projects worldwide. Fundraising and proposal writing is one of the most highly demanded skills within any international organization/NGO. It can also be a very suitable stepping stone to other (managerial) positions.

Required skills and experience:

  • Working towards or holding a degree in Conflict Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Data Analysis, or any discipline relevant to the above duties.
  • Ability to work with teams from a distance and meet goals and deadline independently.
  • Advanced proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Passionate about the use of innovative approaches and new technologies in conflict management.

Practical information

  • Many “Calls for Proposals” are not announced in advance. Also, they often have tight submission deadlines. Therefore, proposal drafting timeframes are often not longer than 2-3 weeks.
  • Assignments will therefore take place on an ad-hoc basis and within a “0-hours” contract. As a result, you are expected to have a certain degree of flexibility with regards to your availability. 
  • We estimate an average workload of approx. 4-6 working days per month. 
  • Work can be carried out remotely and/or from Elva’s office in The Hague. Residency in The Netherlands is not a requirement. 
  • Starting date: September or October 2019.
  • We will provide a financial compensation of EUR 100 per day (gross). Before each assignement, the estimated workload will be jointly discussed and agreed upon with the relevant Lead Proposal Developer.

How to apply

To apply for this position, send a message to with the subject line “Internship position”, and include:

  • your CV
  • A recent writing sample – e.g. a (independently written) proposal, thesis, article, etc.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only selected candidates will be contacted.