Business Development & Strategy Intern - Nigeria

WaterAid is looking for an Intern to join the Business Development & Strategy Directorate and contribute to our mission to transform lives with safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest communities. This is an opportunity for young professionals to learn, develop and grow their skills while gaining exposure through work in an international development organisation and potentially, becoming part of a crop of professionals with experience relevant to the international development arena or applicable to other professional sectors.

  • Deadline : 6 Oct 2017

It's hard to believe that nearly 60 million people - 31% of the Nigerian population - do not have access to safe water; while 71% of the population lacks access to basic sanitation; that's over 130 million people without a toilet! Around 45,000 children under the age of five in Nigeria die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by the nation's poor levels of access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

WaterAid Nigeria has recently completed its 2016-2021 country programme strategy which sets a 5 year building block towards delivering a more influencing led programme over a 15 year horizon. This new country strategy outlines key shifts in focus required to catalyse change and achieve maximum impact for our work in Nigeria.

To support this new strategy, we have restructured in order to be more effective in responding to the needs in the country context. We are expanding the scale and scope of our work over the coming years with a view to supporting and catalysing government efforts to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially Goal 6.

The Business Development & Strategy Directorate will drive work on WaterAid Nigeria's strategy - planning, and reviewing the performance and impact of our programmes. The team encompasses communications & campaigns, learning & knowledge management and fundraising.

The WaterAid internship is intended to be a learning and development opportunity for young professionals to gain exposure and build skills through work in an international development organisation and potentially, build a crop of professionals with experience relevant to the international development or other professional sectors.

The post holder will be expected to perform a wide range of duties using independent judgment and initiative to determine approaches or actions to take in non-routine situations. In broad terms, the holders will provide administrative and operational support for monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management activities, Country Programme fundraising activities, communications and campaign planning etc.

S/he will be required to interpret guidelines using policies and precedents. Most importantly, s/he will be able to demonstrate sufficient professional and personal maturity to be entrusted with what in many cases will be sensitive information.

A key responsibility of the intern will be to provide support to the BDS department and the Country Programme at large, in a number of capacities and activities. These will include:

  • Deliver learning and knowledge management projects/initiatives including but not limited to writing reports; collation, documentation, filing and sharing knowledge management / learning products
  • Review and update the tools and templates utilised for reporting on all aspects of WaterAid Nigeria’s programmes to ensure consistency, relevance and user friendliness both to staff and partners
  • Monitoring of the sanitation marketing activities and tracking the learning outcomes for dissemination to wider stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively with fundraising, monitoring & evaluation, communications & media and people and organisational development teams as may be required to deliver Country Programme operations/ initiatives /projects

Critical attributes and essential qualifications and experience for success in this role include:

  • The ability to maintain confidentialities and quickly build trust- Demonstrate ability to manage information with appropriate discretion and respect for sensitivity
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Organising, planning and prioritising work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and expression

Essential educational qualification include:

  • Completion of a 4 year undergraduate degree course in arts, social sciences, business or natural sciences business administration or related field from a reputable university
  • The candidate must have completed the National Youth Service Scheme not more than 5 years before date of application and must have Computer proficiency (Office software, internet and email)
  • S/he must demonstrate strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • S/he must be able and willing to travel to the field

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Interested candidates are required to send a suitability statement and the most recent copy of their detailed CV to [email protected] by 6 October 2017. The submission must indicate the position title as subject in the subject line of the email.