Internship, Stage, Yaoundé, Nkafu Policy Institute

Internship, Stage, Yaoundé, Nkafu Policy Institute

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Location : Yaoundé – Cameroon

Application Deadline : 09-Jan-23

Type of Contract : Internship at the Nkafu Policy Institute

Post Level : Intern

Languages Required : English or French

Starting Date : 1st -Feb-2023

Duration of Initial Contract : 3 months


The Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation works to catalyze Africa’s Economic Transformation through social entrepreneurship, science and technology, innovation, public health, and progressive policies that create economic opportunities for all. Our areas of work include sustainable development, science and innovation, health, leadership, education, entrepreneurship, economic and public policy. The Denis and Lenora Foundation is an umbrella non-profit institution with several departments including the Nkafu Policy Institute, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center, the Communication, and the Sustainable Development Programs

The Nkafu Policy Institute is a leading African think tank with a mission to provide independent, in-dept and insightful policy recommendations that allows all Africans to prosper in free, fair, democratic and sustainable economies. The Institute brings together leading analysts, experts, and contributors from across the globe in the fields of governance and democracy; health and education; peace and security; science and technology; and economic policy. Our reputation is founded on independence, rigor, and innovation.

The Institute has four divisions;

The Economic Policy Division explores how free-market systems can help address a range of economic issues in Africa and Cameroon especially. It conducts in-dept research and provides cutting-edge economic analyses. This section educates the public in the understanding of economic issues affecting their daily lives. The economic policy division is currently in search of 01 (one) intern.

The Education and Health Division.  The Education & Health Policy Division of the Nkafu Policy Institute focuses on research and evidence-based approaches to key health, education and development policy challenges.  The Education and Health Division department is currently in search of 01 (one) intern.

The Peace and Security Division is focused essentially on the promotion of sustainable peace and development in Africa within the context of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, and the African Union Agenda 2063. The Peace and Security Division is currently in search of 01 (one) intern.

The Democracy and Governance Division strives to promote the fundamental principles of democracy and governance, including free and fair elections, independent media, accountable and transparent governments, the rule of law and respect of human rights. The Democracy and Governance Division department is currently in search of 01 (one) intern.


The Nkafu Policy Institute is currently in search of four (4) highly motivated persons to join the Nkafu team as interns to promote and advance our work. We target outstanding recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in research, policy analysis, event planning, and project management.

Core duties

Assist with a broad range of activities that support policy advancement at a regional or a national level such as organizing and reporting on research, seminars, conferences, and workshops.

Assist Research Fellows and Institute staff with projects, program-related research, and development, including participation in the planning and coordination of activities/events.

Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.

Preparing memos, concept notes, presentations, briefs, reports, and presentations.

Other administrative duties as assigned by departmental staff or management.

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidates will possess:

At least a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following fields:

Governance and Democracy

Economics and business-related degrees

Peace and Security Studies

Development Studies, Gender Studies

Social Sciences and Economics,

Public Health

Any other field related to the subject areas of interest of the Institute.


Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the Foundation’s values and ethical standards.

Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the Foundation.

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Respect, positive attitude, proactive and professionalism

Functional competencies:

Strong writing and research skills; must be able to distill relevant information from large data sets, reports, articles and academic papers.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Proficiency in English and French.

Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint…).

Be a good communicator and team player.

Be able to multi-task, be extremely organized, and have meticulous attention to detail.

Desire to learn, take initiative, and suggest best practices with a willingness to take and implement constructive feedback and guidance.

What we offer Conditions of the Internship:

We offer three (3) months of full-time internship with leading experts and academics.

We equally offer transport allowance

In-house training and unlimited access to the internet.

Our interns have full access to research seminars, round-tables, workshops, and discussion groups hosted by the Nkafu Policy Institute and its partners, in addition to conferences on a wide range of emerging issues critical to business and policy interests in Cameroon and Africa at large.

Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. The Foundation accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship

The intern is responsible for arranging travel to and from the Yaoundé where the internship will be performed

Interns are not staff members and may not represent the Foundation in any official capacity

The purpose of the Internship Program is not to lead to further employment with Foundation but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship

Interns are required to bring their own laptop upon starting their internship

The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract and due recognition of work will be issued in writing.

How to apply

All applications will be completed ONLINE using the Application Portal. To complete your application, you will need:

A one-page cover letter indicating your research areas of interest (in PDF)

A curriculum vitae/ Resume (in PDF)

A professional photo

Deadline of applications

Complete and submit your application by 09 January 2023 at 23:59 (Cameroon time).

NB: All interns should specify what divisions or department they are applying to in their application form. All interns who do not specify what division or department they are applying to will not be selected for an interview.

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