About 2017 West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) Next Generation Internship
Application is currently ongoing for the 2017 West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) Next Generation Internship.
WACSI is dedicated to building the next generation of responsible civil society actors in West Africa, especially in fragile countries. In pursuit of this mandate the Institute’s Next Generation Internship Programme (NGI) offers a 6 – 12 months internship to young West Africans at the start of their professional careers seeking work experience in WACSI’s focus areas.
The Institute’s internship programme aims at building interns’ capacity in the following areas; leadership, proposal writing, report writing, training and facilitation skills.The Institute’s seeks organised individuals with creative minds and a hunger to make a positive impact in a sector that continuously changes.
The interns should have the following qualities; preferably, an academic background in law or social sciences, strong interpersonal skills, ability to multi-task, capacity to take constructive criticism well, strong writing skills, punctuality, effective communication skills, initiative and drive and effective time management skills.
November 30, 2016
Objectives of the Next Generation Internship Programme
The overall goal of this programme is to build the capacity of young potential civil society professionals from war torn West African countries.
Specifically the programme aims at building interns’ capacity in the following areas-:
- Leadership skills
- Proposal writing
- Report writing
- Training and facilitation skills
Leadership Skills: Generally speaking, poor leadership has been the hallmark of some institutions in the sub region and, this when it goes on unchecked leads to problems of governance. The effect of poor leadership is one of the major factors causing political and civil disturbances as well as institutional failure, thereby precluding developmental objectives from being achieved. With strong leadership qualities, West African CSOs will be able to
effectively carry out their mandate of influencing and advocating development policies.
Proposal and Report Writing: A strong civil society organisation requires the presence of strong research units to facilitate a scientific and an informed policy advocacy role. To enhance the capacity of the interns to obtain strong research background, interns will be exposed to the area of research proposal formulation and report writing.
Training and Facilitation Skills: Achieving responsible civil society actors for West Africa cannot be accomplished without enhanced training and facilitation skills. Interns’ skills in presentation, workshop and seminar organisation and facilitation, and policy dialogue will be enhanced.
In addition to the above, the next generation internship programme will expose interns to
research on the following subjects-:
- Human rights,
- Peace and security,
- Africa’s current development initiatives (NEPAD, APRM), sub-regional trends (ECOWAS), and
- Gender issues.
Each of the above has a special bearing on the development need of the region hence the need
to expose the young civil society actors to these thematic areas.
The Institute’s seeks organised individuals with creative minds and a hunger to make a positive impact in an industry that continuously changes. The interns should have the following qualities:
- Preferably, an academic background in law or social sciences
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Ability to multi-task
- Capacity to take constructive criticism well
- Strong writing skills
- Effective communication skills
- Initiative and drive
- Effective time management skills
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