Fatima Manjra


Fatima Manjra

Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

“I graduated in 2013 having completed a Masters in Environmental and Sustainable Studies from the Development Planning Unit at University College, London (UCL) and prior to that had a First Class undergraduate degree in Politics & International Development from the University of Northampton.

Just like every other graduate I was eager to begin my career. Firstly I worked as a Project Officer for a local authority and then as a research consultant for a private company.  However for me this was not enough.

While my two job roles had given me invaluable experience, I had deviated from my academic background and wanted to get back into a role that was closely related to my degrees.

I was at a quandary.

Having moved so far away from my academic studies, moving back into a development role was going to be a challenge.  I knew where I wanted to go I just did not know how to get there.

With fortuitous timing, through a friend who worked at HAD I found out about the various internships that were available at Islamic Relief Worldwide. The NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) sector is very competitive to get into so I was very keen to get my application across.

I was very excited when I was invited for an interview for Monitoring and Evaluation Intern. The interview was successful and I was offered a role. Needless to say I was delighted!

Fast forward to my internship I am so happy that I took this huge step.  From the moment I began my internship my experience and knowledge has been respected, and I’ve been given the tools to grow professionally.

I am also finally able to talk the language that I’ve wanted to speak for a long time. What I mean by that is, I’m now surrounded by people from a Humanitarian Aid background and it allows me to learn from them.

Despite having no practical experience in this sector no judgments were made on my lack of experience and I was made to feel very welcome.

On a day to day basis I’ve got to learn everything about projects Islamic Relief Worldwide are involved in and also add value – I don’t think I would have been able to gain this elsewhere.

Should you consider an Internship at Islamic Relief? I would say jump at the chance if you can.

It does not matter what your background is Islamic Relief Worldwide is a great place to work, learn and grow.

It is a no brainer!”