Political Intern, Stagiaire politique, Yaoundé, The British Government

Political Intern, Stagiaire politique, Yaoundé, The British Government

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

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Job Category

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Main purpose of job:

The British High Commission (BHC) is the official representation of the British Government in Cameroon and provides non-resident representation to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

This attractive internship role supports the BHC’s work on politics, trade, climate and projects on key tasks: political research, events management and communication with key stakeholders in Cameroon and beyond.

This is a varied and interesting position working in the heart of the diplomatic and delivery side of the British High Commission.  You will provide administrative and research support to any or all of our priority work strands that include political, conflict, climate, humanitarian, human rights, governance, trade and investment.  You may be asked to help on our project delivery with local or international partners. This role will involve contact with most sections of the High Commission.

The job provides an opportunity to learn and contribute to British diplomacy first hand in a fast-paced environment.

We will support you in developing yourself with access to the FCDO’s online courses, as well as shadowing of members of the BHC in their meetings and other engagements.  At the end of your time as an intern you will be comfortable with how a major diplomatic entity is run in Cameroon.

The BHC is a welcoming and friendly place. Recent interns have greatly enjoyed, and benefited from, their time with us.

Roles and responsibilities:

Conduct research on particular political issues to assist UK policy development

Support on drafting communications in English and French to support the diplomatic work of the BHC

Occasional translation

Support in organising meetings and large events that further the objectives of the British Government in Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea

Support the political and communications team on a variety of other tasks, ranging from administrative to policy

Customer service: responding to inquiries

Provide ad-hoc support to other sections

Language requirements:

Language: English and French

Level of language required: Operational proficiency

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

Degree in political and Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Journalism and Mass Communication or any other field of study with evidence of interest in politics and international affairs

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

Experience in political analysis and reporting. Experience working with media sources

Required behaviours

Changing and Improving, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

Application deadline

7 November 2022



Type of Position

Fixed Term

Duration of Post

6 months





Location (City)


Type of Post

British High Commission

Number of vacancies



XAF 125,000 monthly stipend

Start Date

1 December 2022

Other benefits and conditions of employment

Learning and development opportunities:

Staff induction, on-the-job opportunities and a wide range of UK Civil Service/FCDO International Academy e-courses on diplomacy, policy and communications amongst others.

Additional information

Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.

Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.

The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.

Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Yaounde are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Cameroon.

All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.

The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;

1.Obtain the relevant permit

2.Pay the fees for the permit

3.Make arrangements to relocate

4.Meet the costs to relocation

Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.

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Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.

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