World Bank IFC MAS GrowAfrica Internship Program 2024

World Bank IFC MAS GrowAfrica Internship Program 2024

The World Bank’s IFC MAS GrowAfrica Internship Program for 2024 is now accepting applications. This program aims to connect qualified graduate students with practical professional experiences, helping them transition from academia to the workforce.

GrowAfrica offers hands-on experience in agribusiness development across Africa, allowing interns to refine their skills in project management and gain valuable industry insights. Participants can expect to:

  • Enhance Skills: Develop technical, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills essential for career growth.
  • Gain Industry Insights: Understand industry practices, trends, and challenges, broadening professional perspectives.
  • Build Networks: Connect with industry professionals, mentors, and peers, creating valuable future opportunities.
  • Receive Feedback: Obtain constructive feedback to improve performance and foster a growth mindset.
  • Develop Adaptability: Learn to navigate diverse work environments and situations.
  • Engage in Projects: Participate in meaningful projects that contribute to IFC’s goals and deepen knowledge of agricultural supply chains.
  • Boost Resumes: Gain experience that enhances employability in a competitive job market.

Internship Responsibilities

Interns will:

  • Assist the Project Coordinator in training farmers on Good Agricultural Practices.
  • Help coordinate training and coaching for Licensed Buying Agents on record keeping and sesame supply chain traceability.
  • Support the maintenance of project documents and drafting of reports.
  • Contribute to project planning and data collection for monitoring indicators.
  • Monitor and update the risk register, alerting the Project Coordinator of any changes.
  • Assist in setting up demonstration sites for participatory learning in various Local Government Areas (LGAs).
  • Supervise and guide farmers in producing quality seeds under the Community Based Seed Production Programs.
  • Prepare materials for major activities, launches, and media outreach.
  • Share best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building.
  • Promote sustainable agro-ecological practices among smallholder sesame farmers.
  • Help develop a heatmap for priority crops in Africa and contribute to data collection and stakeholder engagement.
  • Collaborate with the World Bank on project design and implementation.
  • Coordinate project meetings and field trips for stakeholders and project management.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the Project Coordinator or Project Leader.
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Remuneration and Working Hours

  • Interns will work no more than 40 hours per week, up to a maximum of 160 hours per month.
  • The internship stipend will be negotiated based on experience and qualifications.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Preferably a master’s or PhD student with at least two years of work experience.
  • Studies in agriculture, crop science, agricultural economics, agronomy, soil management, social sciences, or related fields.
  • Initiative, ability to prioritize, multitask, and work under pressure.
  • Effective communication skills in multicultural environments, with proficiency in English (required), Hausa (for Nigeria), Portuguese (for Angola/Mozambique), or French (for Senegal).
  • Understanding of African agribusiness challenges and opportunities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Results-oriented and a team player with good interpersonal skills.

Application Process

The internship will run from June 1 to July 31, 2024, with a minimum duration of two months and a maximum of six months.

World Bank IFC MAS GrowAfrica Internship Program 2024

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