Internship

Background

The Africa Progress Panel (APP) consists of a group of distinguished individuals, chaired by Kofi Annan, whose objective is to track and encourage progress in Africa and assess opportunities and threats to Africa’s development. The Panel underscores the shared responsibility between African leaders and their international partners for sustaining progress.

The Panel members, who generously lend their time, use their judgment and experience to highlight pressing concerns, inspire honest debate amongst leaders and civil society, and prompt effective action. Key aims of the APP include:

• Increasing Africa’s voice by promoting the centrality of African issues at G20, G8, EU and other critical global institutions and meetings;
• Influencing policy through various activities including following recommendations in our Annual Report, Progress Briefs and direct interventions;
• Promoting mutual accountability between African leaders and their international partners.

The APP Foundation, a not-for-profit Foundation under Swiss law, consists of a Board and a Geneva-based Secretariat. The Secretariat supports the activities of the Chair and Panel members in their interactions with Heads of State, policy makers, leasing African regional organizations (including African Union entities and the African Development Bank), key global bodies including the G8/20, and global leaders to influence high-level policy decisions. Based on first class research, the Secretariat’s activities include:

• Tracking progress and positive change in Africa and highlighting good practices that have led to sustained development.
• Monitoring the role of Africa’s trading, donor and investment partners in supporting the continent’s progress.
• Supporting African initiatives driving social, economic and/or political progress on the continent by African leaders, institutions or international partners.

The candidate will be required to perform a wide range of functions and responsibilities which will involve working with the APP Communications team.

Overview

Under the overall guidance of the Communications Strategist, the intern will provide support for activities relating to communications, administration, research, and reporting.

Core Tasks and Responsibilities

Duties will include but not be limited to:
• Research and collect information for APP reports and products
• Conduct a variety of editing assignments
• Help design and proofread various publications, webpages, infographics…etc
• Assist with advocacy and communication campaigns
• Assist with daily administrative functions
• Take meeting minutes
• Help prepare presentations for internal and external meetings
• Draft monthly media monitoring reports
• Monitor and track policy impacts that can be linked to APP influence and activities
• Assist in preparing fundraising pitches
• Perform other duties as required

Skills and competencies

• A recent graduate with some work experience and keen interest in communications and current affairs
• Excellent written and spoken English (French and Portuguese would be an advantage);
• Good research and organizational skills;
• Experience living or working in Africa;
• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Ability to take initiative and work to meet deadlines;
• Knowledge of media and public relations an advantage.

Contractual arrangements

• Three-month contract with a month trial period;
• Candidate should hold a valid work permit for Switzerland (or be an EU citizen);
• Available immediately

Internships at the APP are non-paid but a stipend of CHF 2,500 per month will be offered.

To apply

All applicants must submit to dan.graham@africaprogresspanel.org.

1. a one-page cover letter
2. a CV
3. the names and contact details of three referees

The closing date for all applications is 31 July 2016, 0900 am Central European Time.