ILC AFRICA/USAID ‘JUNIOR ASSOCIATE’ PROGRAM (Internship Opportunities for Africans)


PREFERRED DEADLINE: August 25th 2013

ILC AFRICA ‘JUNIOR ASSOCIATE’ PROGRAM On behalf of United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Applications will be reviewed before the deadline and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

ILC Africa seeks to place bright and capable recent master’s degree and bachelor’s degree graduates into the following USAID-supported regional institutions in West Africa:

  • CILSS – Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel/Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel
  • ECOWAS / CEDEAO- Economic Community of West African States / Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’ouest

Interested applicants should have a passion for operational efficiency and international development. This program is an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience in West Africa while offering your latest skills learned from university programs and relevant work experiences.

Positions Details:

ILC Africa seeks candidates with 1 to 5 years work experience with proven competencies to fill the ‘positions of interest’ below:

1. Information Technology/Communications – Based In Abuja, Nigeria
2. Administration & Finance – Based In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
3. Scientific Writing / Editing / Technical Editing – Based In Bamako, Mali
4. Communications / Public Relations / Marketing – Based In Bamako, Mali
5. Database Management / Database Analysis -Based In Bamako, Mali
6. Monitoring & Evaluation/Statistics -Based In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
7. Monitoring & Evaluation/Statistics -Based In Niamey, Niger
8. Communications / Public Relations / Marketing -Based In Niamey, Niger
9. Monitoring & Evaluation/Statistics -Based In Abuja, Nigeria

Program Details:
• Anticipated program period: September 2013 – August 2014
• A 12-month program where you will be placed in a West African country (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger or Nigeria) depending on your skills and the needs of the organizations
• Junior Associates will go through a brief compulsory orientation program in Ghana before being placed in the host country.
• The supporting organization will provide a 50% subsidy of round-trip airfare and visa costs from your home country to Accra, Ghana. Junior Associates are to pay the remaining 50% of airfare to Accra, Ghana as their cost share.
• The supporting organization will provide 100% airfare and visa costs from Accra to your host country of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger or Nigeria
• Fully-covered accommodations during the length of the year-long program
• A mobile telephone during the length of the year-long program
• A local living stipend to subsidize monthly personal living costs during the length of the year-long program
• Travel insurance
• Health care subsidy

The Junior Associate should possess the following specific skills/qualifications:
• Demonstrated skills in one or more of the positions outlined above
• Bachelor’s Degree required/ Master’s Degree preferred
• 1 to 5 years work experience preferred
• Ability to take instruction with great humility in a spirit of learning, apprenticeship and professional growth
• Those bilingual in French and English are highly welcomed. Fluency in either English or French will be considered
• Strong work ethic and spirit of dedication and commitment to address organizational gaps
• Demonstrated understanding of international development
• Outstanding presentation and public speaking skills
• High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, MS Word/Excel/and PowerPoint
• Mature and flexible attitude towards unstructured work environments and changes in work plans

How to Apply:
PREFERRED DEADLINE: August 25th 2013
Applications will be reviewed before the deadline and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Interested candidates must first select a ‘position of interest’ for which they would like to apply. Please send the following application package:
1. your CV or resume
2. a statement (of not more than 1/2 of a page) where you answer the following question:

How do you think the [position of interest] contributes to operational efficiency within an organization?

For example,
‘How do you think the Administration & Finance position contributes to operational efficiency within an organization?’

ONLY applications that contain these 2 specific requirements (CV+ Statement) will be considered. No other documents should be submitted at this time.

The application email subject title should be addressed as follow : ‘’Last name _First Name / POSITION OF INTEREST”.

Early submission of applications is important. Applications will be reviewed before the deadline and on a first come-first-serve basis. Please send your applications to [email protected] on or before August 25th 2013.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for Round II of the application process.

The program is scheduled to kick off in September 2013. Therefore, if you have not been contacted by the end of September 2013, we highly encourage you to visit the ILC Africa website and seek other opportunities through ILC Africa.

Should applicants have any questions about the program, please feel free to email [email protected]
or visit the ILC Africa website at:



  1. This is an interesting programme that needs to be encouraged by all stakeholders. Kindly provide me with emerging updates as available.

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