Call for Applications for an Internship Opportunity

The African Leadership Centre was officially launched on June 24th, 2010 in Nairobi Kenya, as a joint initiative of the Conflict Security and Development Group at King’s College London and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) University of Nairobi. The Centre is guided by a vision to develop a new community of leaders, generating cutting edge knowledge for peace, security and development in Africa. The ALC seeks to train and mentor the next generation of young African Leaders, enhance their skills and abilities and facilitate their participation in national, regional and international efforts to achieve transformative change in Africa.

The ALC is committed to the following core values:

  • African-led ideas and processes of change;
  • Diversity in terms of gender, religion, class and beliefs;
  • Independent thinking;
  • Recognition of Youth agency;
  • Pursuit of excellence;
  • Integrity

In accordance with its mission to train and mentor the next generation of African Leaders, the ALC is inviting applications from young women and men across the African continent for an internship opportunity  at  the  Centre’s  headquarters  in  Nairobi.  We  are  looking  for  people  who:  have demonstrable  experience  in  the  areas  of  academic  research,  academic  writing  and  general programme administration; and are committed to the core values of the ALC. Interns will be engaged for a period of  6- months, renewable for an additional  6 months. Renewal is subject to satisfactory performance and available funds.

The  selected  intern  will  report  to  the  Fellowships  Coordinator  and  be  expected  to  perform  the following tasks/duties:

Academic Research and Writing

  • Academic research on assigned topic areas.
  • Produce high-quality papers, articles and/or reports.
  • Assist the Academic and Fellowship programmes in editing documents and publications, as required.
  • Provide rapporteur/ transcribing services during meetings, and write accurate reports of the proceedings.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Fellowship Programme Administration

  • Serve as a support person to the ALC Fellowship Department.
  • Provide logistical support to Fellowship training programme, mentoring sessions and other ALC events.
  • Support various administrative functions for the fellowship department, as required.
  • Assist in preparing official correspondence/ documentation.
  • Perform related duties, as required.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates should meet the following criteria:

  1. A recent graduate degree in the Social Sciences, from an accredited academic institution on the continent of Africa.
  2. Some interest and/or engagement with issues relating to Peace, Security and Development in Africa.
  3. At least one year of experience (work or academic training), in areas of academic research and writing, and general programme administration.
  4. All candidates must currently reside in Kenya.
  5. Strong Communication and computer skills are required.

In return, the ALC offers the following incentives:

  1. Interns will receive training and development in their assigned duty areas, from ALC staff members.
  2. Interns will be able to access and participate in the Centre’s academic programmes, and other related activities.
  3. A modest stipend.

Interested candidates should send the following document in English:

  1. A letter of Interest
  2. A CV
  3. Copies of relevant academic certificates
  4. One writing sample (3000 Words)
  5. Up-to-date contacts (email & phone) of at least two referees

All applications should be emailed in Pdf form to:
Fellowships Coordinator
African Leadership Centre
Nairobi Kenya
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The deadline to receive applications is Friday October 15th, 2017.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Therefore, if you do not hear from the ALC by  15 November 2017 consider your application unsuccessful. Any and all forms of canvassing will not be tolerated.


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