Program Intern Vacancy | Oslo Center | Nairobi, Kenya – 2024

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Oslo Center

Program Intern Vacancy | Oslo Center | Nairobi, Kenya – 2024

Introduction

The Oslo Center, established in 2006, has evolved into a leading democratic support organization. Our mission is to support democratic systems that are responsive to citizens’ needs, respecting their participation, human rights, and dignity. By working with local partners and providing technical assistance, we enhance democratic practices through strengthening governance, political institutions, and civic spaces. Our efforts in Kenya focus on promoting democracy by offering technical expertise to democratic institutions such as political parties, parliament, and regulatory bodies.

Why Join the Oslo Center?

At the Oslo Center, we offer a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to fostering democracy in Kenya. We value diversity and inclusivity, ensuring a stimulating and supportive work environment. As a Program Intern, you will gain hands-on experience in democracy assistance, participate in impactful projects, and contribute to meaningful change. We are committed to professional growth and offer opportunities for learning and development, making this role an excellent stepping stone for your career in international relations, political science, or related fields.

Key Responsibilities

As a Program Intern, you will support various aspects of our programs, ensuring smooth implementation and contributing to our mission. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Program Implementation Support: Assist in the execution of program activities, ensuring they align with our strategic goals.
  • Programmatic Reporting: Contribute to the preparation of detailed reports on program progress and outcomes.
  • Field Project Visits: Participate in project site visits, managing logistics such as procurement and bookings.
  • Financial Reconciliations: Ensure accurate reconciliation of funds provided for program activities.
  • Political and Contextual Analysis: Conduct analysis related to program implementation, providing insights into the political landscape.
  • Meeting Participation: Attend and contribute to programmatic and staff meetings.
  • Social Media and Communication Support: Assist in enhancing our communication efforts through social media and other platforms.
  • Fundraising Support: Aid in the development of concept notes and proposals to secure funding for our initiatives.
  • Document Development: Engage in discussions related to strategic documents, including organizational strategies and white papers.
  • Additional Duties: Perform other tasks as assigned by the Program Advisor.

Qualifications

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Educational Background: University degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Business Administration, or a related field. Candidates awaiting graduation must provide certified transcripts and a recommendation letter.
  • Political Understanding: Strong knowledge of Kenya’s political background, recent developments, and issues related to political parties, electoral institutions, gender, and youth.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Technical Proficiency: Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, and other computer-based software.
  • Organizational Skills: Well-organized, capable of managing multiple tasks, and skilled in prioritization.
  • Personal Attributes: Flexible, diligent, and team-oriented.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and academic documents to ock@oslocenter.no with the subject line: PROGRAM INTERN. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2024. We encourage applications from women and individuals with minority backgrounds to reflect the diversity of our society.

About the Oslo Center

The Oslo Center is dedicated to supporting democratic systems that are responsive to citizens’ needs. Our work in Kenya involves providing technical expertise to democratic institutions, promoting governance, and strengthening civic spaces. We believe in the power of democracy and work tirelessly to support its development worldwide.


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SAMPLE COVER LETTER FOR A PROGRAM INTERN


[Your Name]
[Your Address]
Nairobi, Kenya
[Email Address]
[Phone Number]
[Date]

Hiring Manager
The Oslo Center
Nairobi, Kenya

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the Program Intern position at the Oslo Center, as advertised. With a background in Political Science and a deep understanding of Kenya’s political landscape, I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to your mission of fostering democracy.

During my academic career at [Your University], I developed a strong foundation in political analysis and governance. My coursework, coupled with internships at [Previous Internship Company], has equipped me with the skills necessary to support program implementation, report writing, and logistical management. I am particularly drawn to the Oslo Center’s commitment to human rights and civic participation, which aligns with my personal and professional values.

I am proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs, and I possess excellent communication skills in English. My ability to analyze political contexts and my experience in fundraising and social media management will enable me to contribute effectively to your team.

Thank you for considering my application. I am eager to bring my skills and passion for democracy to the Oslo Center and contribute to your impactful work.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]


HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT FOR THE PROGRAM INTERN ROLE

  1. Understand the Organization: Familiarize yourself with the Oslo Center’s mission, values, and current projects to tailor your application.
  2. Highlight Relevant Experience: Showcase any experience related to political science, international relations, or program management.
  3. Showcase Analytical Skills: Demonstrate your ability to conduct political and contextual analysis.
  4. Emphasize Communication Skills: Highlight your proficiency in oral and written communication.
  5. Detail Technical Proficiency: Mention your expertise with Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
  6. Express Commitment: Convey your dedication to democracy and human rights.
  7. Personalize Your Application: Tailor your cover letter to reflect your understanding of the Oslo Center’s work.
  8. Provide Strong References: Include recommendation letters that attest to your qualifications and work ethic.
  9. Be Professional: Ensure your application materials are well-organized, error-free, and professional.
  10. Prepare for Interviews: Be ready to discuss your experience, understanding of the political landscape, and your enthusiasm for the role.

Possible Program Intern Interview Questions With Answers

  1. Why do you want to work at the Oslo Center?

    I am passionate about promoting democracy and human rights. The Oslo Center’s mission aligns with my values, and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to meaningful change in Kenya.

  2. What experience do you have in program implementation?

    During my internship at [Previous Internship Company], I assisted in various program activities, including planning, execution, and reporting, which has prepared me for this role.

  3. How do you handle multiple tasks and prioritize your work?

    I use organizational tools like task lists and calendars to prioritize tasks based on deadlines and importance, ensuring I meet all my responsibilities efficiently.

  4. Can you describe a time when you had to conduct political analysis?

    In my final year project, I conducted a comprehensive analysis of Kenya’s electoral processes, providing insights into voter behavior and political party dynamics.

  5. What are your strengths in communication?

    I have strong writing skills, which I honed through academic research and report writing. Additionally, I have experience in public speaking and presenting, which enhances my oral communication skills.

  6. How do you manage logistical arrangements for field visits?

    I ensure thorough planning, including booking accommodations, arranging transportation, and coordinating with local contacts to ensure smooth field visits.

  7. Describe your experience with social media management.

    I managed social media accounts for [Previous Internship Company], creating content, engaging with the audience, and analyzing performance metrics to enhance our online presence.

  8. How do you approach fundraising and proposal development?

    I have participated in developing concept notes and proposals, focusing on aligning our projects with donor priorities and clearly communicating our objectives and impact.

  9. What motivates you to work in the field of democracy and governance?

    I believe in the power of democratic systems to improve lives and create just societies. My commitment to human rights and civic engagement drives my interest in this field.

  10. How do you stay informed about political developments in Kenya?

    I regularly follow news outlets, academic journals, and attend seminars and conferences related to Kenyan politics to stay updated on current developments.

Thank you for considering joining the Oslo Center. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not charge any application or recruitment fee.

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Remember, at the Oslo Center, we value diversity and inclusivity, and we are excited to see how you can contribute to our mission. Best of luck with your application.

To apply for this job email your details to ock@oslocenter.no


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