About the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (the Coalition) is a rapidly growing consortium of museums, historic sites, organizations and individuals dedicated to creating a more peaceful future through remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies. Founded in 1999 by heritage and human rights leaders on four continents with core funding from Ford Foundation and Open Society Institute, the Coalition today is a dynamic network of more than 275 members in 65 countries, working in regional and thematic networks in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia, North America and in the Middle East and North Africa. Each year, more than 20 million people visit Sites of Conscience across the globe to engage in uniquely effective public programs that promote civic action by connecting history and memory with contemporary human rights, social justice and transitional justice issues.


Current Openings:

  • Grant Compliance Assistant (Search Reopened)
  • Communications Intern
  • Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) Intern


Search Reopened: 

Grant Compliance Assistant

Position Description:

The Grant Compliance Assistant reports to the Director of Finance and Operations and works closely with the
Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) team supporting the day-to-day financial
administration of the program, with a particular focus on maintaining financial records, coordinating logistics in
accordance with program objectives, verifying all direct Program expenditure, and reconciling all accounts for
the Program. Previous applicants need not apply.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review and track GIJTR partners’ financial reports.
  • Track all payment requests for consultants, vendors and sub-grantees.
  • Assist with preparation for annual audits and compliance visits.
  • Support the development of quarterly narrative and financial reports for donors
  • Support the reconciliation of staff travel expenses, disbursement of per diems and processing stipends
    for international workshop participants.
  • Perform other administrative duties as requested.


  • A proven track record of working in a non-profit environment as a bookkeeper, finance assistant or similar position.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and automated accounting systems is strongly preferred.
  • Numerical competence, attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Good organizational, problem-solving, written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, Russian, or another language from a region where the Coalition does significant work is a plus.

Application Instructions: Competitive salary with excellent benefits. Interested candidates, please send a cover letter indicating salary requirements along with a resume by email only to hr@sitesofconscience.org with the subject line Grant Compliance Assistant.

No phone calls, please. The Coalition can respond only to candidates whose experience qualifies them for an interview. This search will remain open until the position is filled.


Communications Intern

Position Description

The Communications Intern will assist in all the Coalition’s communications efforts, including marketing, social media and public relations. While he or she assists in the Coalition’s general communications plans, a significant portion of the Communication Intern’s workload is dedicated to supporting the Coalition’s Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) – a Consortium of nine organizations that together serve as a new mechanism to respond in a multi-disciplinary and integrated manner to the transitional justice needs of societies emerging from conflict or periods of authoritarian rule.

The Communications Intern is a part-time, 21 hrs/week, grant-funded position for 12 months. The Intern should be able to work at least 7 hours/ week in the Coalition’s New York City office while the rest of the work can be done remotely. The Intern will report to the Communications Director, who is responsible for raising the profile of the Coalition among key audiences by developing, implementing and managing short- and long-range communications plans.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of GIJTR’s and the Coalition’s overall communications plan to meet the goals of raising their visibility among external audiences
  • Take an active role in expanding the GIJTR’s and the Coalition’s social media presence on key platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Assist in the development of a new GIJTR website
  • Make necessary updates to online and print materials
  • Collaborate with and assist with communications projects related to GIJTR and other Coalition programs
  • Archive, manage, and upkeep private Flickr photography library, and past webinars
  • Help facilitate and coordinate monthly webinars with programming departments
  • Assist in developing new marketing materials in a variety of formats including videos, presentations, publications, podcasts, etc.
  • Cultivate members of the press around the globe with the goal of regularly placing stories, Op-Eds, and/or mentions in the press on the Sites of Conscience movement as well as individual members
  • Assist with small office operations tasks
  • Other tasks as determined with the Communications Director


    • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Transitional Justice, Political Science, Web Design or related field
    • 1-2 years’ experience in nonprofit communications, with experience at a human rights organization or museum strongly preferred
    • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
    • Strong knowledge of social media technology and proven judgment in distributing content
    • Outstanding time and project management skills
    • Basic knowledge of HTML /coding/ website CMS (Word Press)
    • Skill in Canva, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or other graphic software a strong plus
    • Knowledge of Arabic, Spanish or French a strong plus
    • Creativity, resourcefulness and ability to work independently

This New York City-based position is grant-funded for 12 months. There is a $1500 per month stipend. The stipend will be payable by check on the last calendar day of every month. The intern is responsible for any tax payments or other withholdings.

Application Process: Interested candidates are invited to send an email that includes your resume and cover letter along with one writing sample to anelson@sitesofconscience.org. Please include Communications Intern in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please note that because of the volume of submissions the Coalition receives for position postings, only those candidates who will be invited to move forward in the search process will be contacted.


Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation Intern

Position Description

The Coalition leads a Global Transitional Justice Initiative (GIJTR) Consortium which develops and implements a range of rapid response and high-impact programs, utilizing both restorative and retributive approaches to justice and accountability for gross human rights violations.

The activities of the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation include:

  • Truth-telling, reconciliation, memorialization, and other forms of historical memory;
  • Documenting human rights abuses for transitional justice purposes;
  • Forensic analysis and other efforts related to missing and disappeared persons;
  • Victims’ advocacy such as improving access to justice, psychosocial support and trauma mitigation activities;
  • Providing technical assistance to and building the capacity of civil society activists and organizations to promote and engage on transitional justice processes;
  • Ensuring gender justice in all of these processes; and
  • Reparative justice initiatives.

The GIJTR internship is based at the Coalition’s New York City office and reports to the Program Manager: GIJTR. The intern will support the GIJTR team in the day-to-day operations of the Consortium both logistically and programmatically.

The intern is expected to commit a minimum of 21 hours per week for twelve months. The intern is expected to work from the Coalition’s office Mondays through Wednesdays. This schedule may change depending on the program needs.


  • Assist in project research
  • Draft resources and case studies for specific projects
  • Provide administrative support as required. This may include, but not limited to, liaising with translators, assisting with logistics for workshops and meetings, compiling resource packs for meetings and arranging travel as needed. 
  • Assist in maintaining accurate records of the department’s contracts, project milestones and payments.
  • Provide assistance to other relevant departments as needed.


  • Undergraduate in social sciences, political sciences or law
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest in transitional justice, international human rights, museum studies and/or history
  • Proficiency in a language other than English is an asset, but not a requirement for this position


A $1,500 stipend will be paid to cover travel costs and time spent on the project. The stipend will be payable by check on the last calendar day of every month. The intern is responsible for any tax payments or other withholdings.

Application Process

Please send your resume with a cover letter to transitionaljustice@sitesofconscience.org by February 28, 2020. Please note that because of the volume of submissions the Coalition receives for position postings, only those candidates who will be invited to move forward in the search process will be contacted.