Intern - Africa

Job Summary:
Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:
Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

IRI is creating student and employee partnerships that facilitate growth and development of IRI’s future leadership. The intern will support the work of IRI’s Africa Division.

This position will start on January 8, 2024 for no more than sixteen (16) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $17.00 per hour. Intern working hours will be minimum 20 hours per week.

**Both Hybrid and Virtual candidates are encouraged to apply. **

Position Requirements:
-Current student in or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program in Political Science, International Affairs, or related field and interest in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred.
-Excellent verbal and written skills in English
-Familiarity with Microsoft Office
-Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills
-Ability to manage time effectively, complete tasks with minimal oversight, and communicate clearly and consistently in a virtual work environment.
-Language skills a plus: French, Arabic, Swahili, etc.

-Assist researching a variety of topics for briefing papers, program proposals, and reports
-Support key record keeping functions of the division, including taking minutes as staff meetings, cleaning databases (contact lists, program inventory, etc.)
-Monitors domestic and international media outlets daily for news on topics assigned
-Assist in preparing reports and presentations
-Assist staff with program administration and events, including interview coding, translating reports and other documents, logistics and other tasks as needed
-Write as a contributor to IRI’s blogs
-Develop and/or edit country one-pager
-Perform other duties as assigned

Learning Outcomes:
-Acquire knowledge of the democracy and governance field of international development in including aspects related to program management, monitoring and evaluation, program and business development, and external affairs.
-Experience in key project administration skills employers look for in entry level candidates.
-Assist in developing the communication and writing skills needed to contribute to reports and publications
-Apply research and analytical skills
-Gain an understanding IRI’s funding landscape and of award requirements
-Become acquainted with survey research methods
Engage with IRI’s Center for Global Impact and better understand innovative approaches and thematic expertise related to democracy and governance programming, including evidence and learning practices
Adapt to hybrid in-person/virtual workplace culture and accountability practices


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