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Program Support Intern Job Vacancy in an NGO

Organization: Adeso - African Development Solutions 

Position Title: Communications and Program Support Intern

Reporting to: Communications and Advocacy Manager

Working with: Communications department, program team

Program / Duty Station: Badhan, Somalia

Duration: 1 year

Starting date: 1st April 2014

Salary scale & range: Intern Stipend, health insurance, support with travel to and from Somalia, and other benefits.

Organizational Context: Adeso is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization.

At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming.

We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.

Position Summary: Interns have an opportunity to be involved in many aspects of communications, program development, and implementation of program activities, and also provide support to the Adeso headquarters staff and field offices.

The internship will be divided into three segments.

The intern will initially work very closely with Fatima Jibrell, Adeso’s Founder and Senior Advisor, to document her life’s achievements through daily interactions and interviews, for a period of three months.

The intern will subsequently act as personal assistant to Fatima Jibrell for three months, and finally, will support the program team in Somalia for the remaining six months as well as continue supporting Fatima Jibrell as required.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
  • The intern will work closely with Fatima Jibrell to document in writing her personal achievements.
  • This information will then form the basis of her autobiography;
  • The intern will develop interview guides and carry out interviews with individuals inside and outside of Somalia to collect additional information on Fatima Jibrell’s life and achievements;
  • The intern will transcribe all interviews and send the findings to the communications department in Nairobi on a bi-weekly basis for feedback and editing;
  • The intern will assist Fatima Jibrell in writing articles and funding proposals (among other things), as well as increasing her presence on social media;
  • The intern will provide administrative and programming support to Fatima Jibrell as her personal assistant, also supporting her with projects outside of the scope of Adeso’s work;
  • The intern will support Adeso’s program teams in Somalia in project development, implementation, and reporting;
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications
  • Bachelors Degree in International Relations, Public Administration, or International Development among other subject matters;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Somali are essential, as well as a critical eye for editing and grammar;
  • Experience and skills in the use of software programs such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel;
  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate tasks to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with respect for diversity;
  • Knowledge of or interest in humanitarian programs, as well as a commitment to Adeso’s mission and vision;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to, and live in, remote locations.

Application Process

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional.

If you would like to join this dynamic team and be part of building an African that is not dependent on aid but on the resourcefulness and capabilities of its people, please submit your application to internship@adesoafrica.org, quoting the position in the email subject matter.

Each application should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager and include the following:
  • An updated CV (maximum 3 pages);
  • An application letter and contact information for three work-related referees.
  • Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Adeso is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is only open to Somali nationals.


Female-candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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