Brief Description 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.
Eligibility Minimum of a first degree in international affairs, political science, public policy, law, development studies or related fields. Interest in civil society and non-profit organisation management. Commitment to WACSI’s vision and values and demonstrated an 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.
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