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Mercy Corps Simon Scott Fellowship (Middle East)

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The Mercy Corps Simon Scott Fellowship is a 9 month opportunity, offering a professional early on in his/her career the chance to contribute to the achievement of one of Mercy Corps’ strategic initiatives of market driven programs, food security, youth, disaster risk reduction, and gender integration. The Mercy Corps Fellowship is a tribute to the Honourable Simon Scott, a former board member of Mercy Corps Scotland.  Simon was dedicated to international relief and development and had a lifelong love of North Africa and the Middle East.

This is an opportunity for a professional from North Africa or the Middle East early on in his/her career to help build communities around the world, alleviating suffering, poverty and oppression. S/he will play an active role in one of the targeted sector identified as a priority in Mercy Corp’s strategic framework and have the opportunity to interact with experienced relief and development practitioners and field leaders.  The Fellow may be placed in any of Mercy Corps locations globally but preferably in the Middle East region.

Fellows aspire to become future leaders and innovators in community development and relief work to create a better world. The Fellow will also be able to participate in Mercy Corps’ extensive knowledge management tools and learn from, and contribute to, best practices across the Mercy Corps global platform.   The specific assignment will be detailed after identifying the country that best matches the selected fellows skills and interest.

Fellows can expect:

  • Substantial experience working with a global relief and development agency
  • Exposure to a variety of work in different business functions
  • Regular bi-monthly check-in meetings with a Fellowship supervisor

Fellows are expected to:

  • Contribute past experience, skills and knowledge to the program
  • Be passionate and committed to Mercy Corps’ mission
  • Act in a professional and engaged manner
  • Have professional and/or academic interest in international relief and development
  • Provide a final written and oral presentation of their experience

Mercy Corps Fellowship Support:

  • Monthly stipend
  • At location travel expenses
  • Housing allowance
  • Relocation support from home of record to location  and return
  • Other benefits


  • Citizen of a country in North Africa or the Middle East
  • In early career in humanitarian assistance or relief and development
  • Completed an undergraduate degree with a focus on economics, gender, environment, nutrition, or agriculture or other related fields
  • The fellowship is unaccompanied
  • Willing to live and/or travel in volatile or challenging environments
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills, fluency in an additional language Arabic or French is preferred

Application Guidelines

To apply, visit In addition to giving the necessary information and answering the brief question, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Resume/CV highlighting background and relevant experience
  • A cover letter describing your motivation and interest in this opportunity
  • Two professional or academic references with contact information
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two work samples or communication outreach (these could even be videos, blogs, articles or other material)
  • A two page essay on innovation in relief and development

Current Mercy Corps team members are not eligible.

The selection process proceeds on the following timeline.

  • Phase 1: Online applications accepted and reviewed
  • Phase 2: Phone interviews
  • Phase 3: Reference checks
  • Phase 3: Final Selection

This Fellowship is expected to commence in the Summer of 2012.

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