Next Generation Paid Internship Programme 2017 in Accra, Ghana

Next Generation Paid Internship Programme 2017

Deadline: November 30, 2016

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with support from Ford Foundation is inviting young West Africans, either fresh graduates or early career professionals, seeking work experience in WACSI’s core areas of work to apply for its 6 months’ work-based Internship Programme running from January to June 2017. The 6 months’ internship programme also includes a 1-month placement (externship) in another civil society organisation that focuses on a specific theme of interest to the intern to enable the intern gain specific knowledge and experience in working in that thematic area.

Internship Details

WACSI is looking for 3 interns interested in gaining experience in civil society sector and also support WACSI in its core areas of work below from January to June 2017:

  1. Capacity Development
  2. Policy Influencing and Advocacy
  3. Knowledge Management

Each intern will be assigned to one of the three main units of the Institute.

Location: The successful intern will spend a substantial part of her/his internship working at the WACSI office in Accra, Ghana.

Date:  Internship period is from January 2017 to June 2017.


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.

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.

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
  • Assisting with data generation, analysis, and management.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned.

Benefits and Cost

  • Intern shall be paid a monthly of $300.00 for the period of six (6) months.
  • WACSI will bear the travel costs (including visa fees) to Ghana and back to their home country at the end of internship for foreign interns.
  • WACSI will provide accommodation and lunch for the interns during the six months’ period.
  • It is expected from the Intern to produce an externship and end of internship reports and a research paper on the specific theme of interest to the intern and pertaining to West Africa/Civil Society by the end of the internship period.

Eligibility and Relevant skills

  • Minimum of a first degree in civil society management/nonprofit studies, international affairs, political science, social science, public policy, law, development studies 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.
  • Priority will be given to bilingual applicants and West Africans.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Interested applicants should send the following documents in English: The Head of Administration at by Wednesday, 30 November 2016:

  • Application letter and comprehensive curriculum vitae with two references (one should be academic); and
  • Letter of motivation expressing career goals and how the internship will contribute to achieving them.
  • Applicants for the Knowledge Management internship must submit a writing sample (research paper, term paper, etc.) of no more than 3 pages.

Please note: Applicant shall clearly state in their application the Unit he/she would like to work with.

For more information, visit WACSI Next Generation Internship Programme.