West Africa Civil Society Institute Next Generation Internship: The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and development effectiveness.
In response to an identified need for structured practical capacity enhancement for young West Africans, WACSI
introduced a Next Generation Internship Programme (NGIP) in January 2008 aimed at developing the next generation of African scholars and practitioners. The programme primarily targets young West Africans, either fresh graduates or early career professionals, seeking work experience in WACSI’s core areas of work. Interns are expected to commit
to WACSI for six months during which time they will be fully involved in all WACSI activities and enhance their knowledge and capacities for leadership, knowledge and programme management, and critical development
issues for West Africa, among other areas.
WACSI is, therefore, seeking interns interested in enhancing their civic consciousness and developing their
professional capacity. They will be embedded in WACSI’s core areas of work i.e. Capacity Development, Policy Influencing and Advocacy and Knowledge Management.
This is a predominantly self-funded internship. The institute will support interns with fully furnished
accommodation and lunch during working days for the duration of the internship.
Host Country: Ghana
Scholarship Type: Internship
Application Deadline:Friday 24 May, 2019
Responsibilities for Knowledge Management Intern:
Conduct and support background research and analysis on topical issues.
Contribute to and compile the weekly Civil Society Situation Report and the quarterly WACSeries publications.
Compile and manage information for the Civil Society Knowledge Hub.
Support editing and review of manuscripts for publication.
Assist with the preparation and administration of relevant WACSI programmes and with report writing.
Attend and represent WACSI at meetings with partner organisations.
Any other duties that may be assigned.
Responsibilities for Capacity Development Intern:
Collect relevant information to support training preparation;
Contribute to and publicise the Institute’s programmes advertisements;
Assist in the development of training materials and toolkits;
Assist in the coordination of training programmes, including handling of logistics and report writing;
Contribute to the design and development of concept notes, proposals and any other relevant document;
Any other duties that may be assigned.
Responsibilities for Policy Influencing and Advocacy Intern:
Conduct desktop research on policy and legislative issues
Assist in gathering information and writing reports for policy meetings
Assist in policy meetings and workshop preparation
Assist in the development of policy advocacy training tool
Support other administrative tasks
Assist with data generation, analysis and management
Minimum of a first degree in international affairs,
political science, public policy, law, development studies or related
Interest in civil society and non-profit organization management.
Commitment to WACSI’s vision and values and demonstrated interest in civil society.
Strong research, writing and communication (verbal and written) skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and strong Internet research skills.
Bilingual skills (French and English).
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Works well under pressure with minimal supervision and in a multi-cultural environment.
Proactive, willing to learn and take initiative.
Works well as part of a team.
How to Apply for the West Africa Civil Society Institute Next Generation Internship
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