West African Civil Society Institute WACSI Next Generation 2024 Internship Program

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The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organization committed to enhancing the capabilities of civil society organizations in West Africa for greater sustainability, operational efficiency, and development impact.

To address the need for structured practical capacity building for young West Africans, WACSI launched the Next Generation Internship Programme (NGIP) in January 2008. This initiative aims to cultivate the next generation of African scholars and practitioners, focusing on recent graduates or early career professionals from West Africa seeking work experience in WACSI’s key areas of focus. Interns are expected to dedicate six months to WACSI, participating fully in its activities to enhance their leadership skills, program management abilities, and understanding of critical development issues in West Africa.

WACSI is currently seeking interns from the West African sub-region who are interested in deepening their civic awareness and advancing their professional capabilities. Interns will be immersed in WACSI’s core areas of work, including Capacity Development, Policy Influencing and Advocacy, and Knowledge Management.


This internship opportunity is fully funded by WACSI. The institute will provide comprehensive support to interns, including round-trip flight tickets to and from their home countries, furnished accommodation, lunch on working days throughout the internship period, and a monthly stipend.


  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, political science, public policy, law, development studies, or related fields.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a keen interest in civil society and nonprofit organization management.

Selection Process

Interns will be entrusted with various responsibilities during their tenure, including but not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development and implementation of institutional assessment tools, training programs, and technical support initiatives.
  • Participating in program/project planning and proposal development across different units.
  • Providing administrative support for program activities, including budget monitoring, activity tracking, and calendar maintenance.
  • Assisting in the organization and coordination of training sessions and technical support activities.
  • Acting as a liaison between WACSI and external stakeholders, including resource persons, associates, partners, and beneficiaries.
  • Contributing to the design and creation of training materials such as toolkits, modules, and indigenous resources.
  • Conducting research and producing briefings and fact sheets on ongoing programs and projects.
  • Drafting project work plans, reports, concept notes, and other documentation, including training materials, presentations, and budget proposals.
  • Conducting desktop research on policy and legislative matters.
  • Assisting in information gathering and report writing for policy meetings.
  • Supporting the preparation of policy meetings and workshops.
  • Contributing to the development of policy advocacy training tools.
  • Assisting with other administrative tasks as required.
  • Undertaking any additional duties assigned by the Head of the Unit.

Selection Criteria

  • Preference will be given to candidates proficient in English, French, or Portuguese, with a working knowledge of at least one other language.
  • The successful intern will be based primarily at the WACSI office in Accra, Ghana.
  • The internship duration is from July to December 2024. Interns unable to fulfil the six-month commitment will be required to reimburse the total cost of the internship package to WACSI.
  • The application deadline is May 26, 2024.

Method of Application

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Application Deadline: May 26, 2024

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