Call for Research Intern: Next Generation Internship Programme: West Africa Civil Society Institute

Established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa in 2005, 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.

As part of the NGIP, WACSI is seeking an intern to join its Research and Documentation Unit from November 2014 through April 2015. The intern will be primarily attached to the research unit but may be required to assist other units as needed.


  • Conduct and support background research on topical issues.
  • Contribute to and compile the weekly Civil Society Situation Report.
  • 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.

Relevant skills:

  • Minimum of a first degree in civil society management/nonprofit studies, philanthropy, international affairs, political science, public policy, law or related fields.
  • 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.
  • Fully bilingual (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.

Interested applicants should send the following documents in English and French to: The Administrative Officer at by Friday, 10 October 2014:

  • Application letter.
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae
  • Two references (one should be academic); and
  • Letter of motivation expressing career goals and how the internship will contribute to achieving them.

Please note:

  • Priority will be given to bilingual applicants.
  • The successful intern will spend a substantial part of her/his internship working at the WACSI office in Accra, Ghana.
  • Due to the volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted for phone interview.

 Impressions of past interns




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