Africa Lead II Agricultural Development Young Professionals Internship Program for Africans

Young Professionals Internship Program

Course(s) Offered: Agriculture
Course Level: Internship
Provider: Africa Lead; USAID
Country to Study in: ECOWAS countries

Scholarship Description
The Africa Lead II program in partnership with the USAID invites applications from candidates interested in its Agricultural Development Young Professionals Internship Program (Agriculture Internship Program).

The Africa Lead II’s Agriculture Internship Program aims to facilitate more efficient agricultural production, stronger agribusinesses and agricultural development institutions, a more direct link between NARS and farmers, and greater value addition in the agriculture sector across Africa.

The broad goal is to support skills transfer and technological know-how that will help African agribusinesses and organizations to innovate, improve their commercial viability and catalyze agricultural transformation, thus contributing to improved food security.

The Africa Lead II Program welcomes applications from candidates interested in pursuing these young professionals development opportunities. Nationals of ECOWAS countries are welcome to apply.

Africa Lead II Agricultural Development Young Professionals Internship Program
General Minimum Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree Minimum, plus 2 years of relevant administrative or technical professional experience; or a Master’s degree preferred with 1 year of relevant administrative or technical professional experience
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • BS/BA degree required, advance degree preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be able to travel and be based within Regional Institution in West Africa during the entire duration of the placement (minimum 1 year assignment)
General Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in West African regional agricultural development A plus
  • International Travel and field related experience in urban and rural African settings desirable
  • Fluency in both French and English required
Eligible groups
Citizens of all ECOWAS member countries may apply.

These include Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Cape Verde.

Participating Institutions
Africa Lead II, the African-led agricultural transformation; AND
U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative.

Number of awards / Internship positions
The following positions are open for applications to support the advancement of African Agricultural Development Regional hosting entities:
  • Entry to Mid -Level Communications Associates
  • Entry to Mid -Level Program Planning Associate
  • Entry to Mid -Level Monitoring & Evaluation Associate
  • Entry to Mid -Level Human Resources Associate
  • National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) Scientists -Associate Program Fellows
Sponsorship duration
Placement terms will be for a period of 12 months with anticipated postings in ECOWAS member states

Scholarship benefits
Housing, monthly stipend, living allowances, round-trip airfare and related travel expenses to worksite will be covered by the program. These 12 month young professionals development opportunities are not guarantees for full time employment upon successful completion of the placement.

Method of Application
General Application requirements:
All candidates must submit the following required documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1-Page Cover letter highlighting your ability to contribute your skills towards enhancing capacity of a regional organization involved in Food security. Kindly specify your strengths and weaknesses and ability to adapt to new mutli-cultural environment.
  • 3 References: kindly provide 2 professional references and 1 personal reference
Please send applications to: by the deadline date of September 5, 2014 5:00PM GMT.

It is important to download the Official Call for the Africa Lead II Agriculture Internship Program for complete information on the responsibilities and required skills for each position and also to visit the official website (link to it is below).

The opening date for this call started on August 15, 2014 and will close on September 5, 2014.

Africa Lead II—the Feed the Future: Building Capacity for African Agricultural Transformation Program—supports the advancement of agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP).

Simultaneously, Africa Lead II contributes to the Feed the Future (FTF) goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of Champions—defined as men and women leaders in agriculture—to develop, lead, and manage the policies, structures and processes needed for the transformation process.

Africa Lead II is one of the projects of Development Alternatives, Inc., (DAI). Incorporated in 1970, DAI made its earliest mark through a series of analytical studies. In 1973, it won a contract to analyze 36 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects in Latin America and Africa.

DAI works on the frontlines of international development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. It is committed to shaping a more livable world.

Application Deadline: 5 September 2014
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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