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Internships at the Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda

The Danish Embassy in Uganda normally has three interns every semester. The deadlines for application are respectively the 15th of March and the 30th of September. 

Are you looking for a professional and personal experience that will widen your perception of the developing world? Do you want to work and live in one of the most friendly and vivid cities in Africa? Then, an internship at the Danish Embassy in Kampala is just what you are looking for. The Embassy offers three internships every semester running from 1st of February to 31st of July and from 1st of August to 31st of January.
 
The three interns are all expected to contribute to tasks across the Embassy’s portfolio. However, each intern will primarily be attached to one of the Embassy’s three teams and each will have a dedicated internship supervisor. You will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the team’s work, taking both your own qualifications and the interests and the tasks of the team into consideration.

Politics

The Politics Team is responsible for managing the Embassy’s Good Governance Programme and for reporting to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen on political developments in Uganda and the wider region. The team actively participates in the joint donor working group on Democracy and Human Rights and in EU coordination. In the second half of 2017, an important task will be to finalise the design of a new democracy, good governance and human rights programme for Uganda covering the period of 2018-2022. The intern in the politics team will be involved in this task as well as in the implementation and monitoring of the current Good Governance Programme. Further, the intern is foreseen to contribute to briefs on the political situation in Uganda as well as communicating on the impact of Danish development assistance to Uganda to the broader public. This entails updating the Embassy’s website and Facebook profile and supplying Danish media with stories about Uganda. The intern should have interest and competences in the field of development and political analysis. Good writing skills are essential, as is flexibility and a positive attitude towards the broad range of tasks the team is involved in.

Growth

We are looking for an intern with a keen interest in economic growth and development as well as refugee issues – a person who is not afraid to work with the wide range of development issues, that are the responsibility of the growth team: Agricultural value chains, regional trade integration, recovery and refugee issues in Northern Uganda, service delivery in the water sector and emerging private sector opportunities for both Ugandan and Danish companies. Specifically, the Growth team is responsible for the implementation of the 2nd Uganda Growth Programme (U-Growth II) with a focus on agri-business, an enabling environment for the private sector, and recovery and development in Northern Uganda. The team is responsible for the Embassy’s growing focus on the refugee response in Uganda and how to promote a more developmental approach to humanitarian efforts, in light of the current large influx of South Sudanese refugees. Also, the team is responsible for the Embassy’s support to a large water and sanitation programme (JWESSP). Finally, the team leads the Embassy’s efforts in support of Danish commercial interests and economic diplomacy. An internship in the Growth team will provide you with a unique insight into Danida’s work in a developing country – both through traditional Danida instruments and through innovative and creative development solutions.


Finance and Administration

We are looking for an intern with keen academic interest in development cooperation, public administration and anti-corruption. The team’s main focus lies within financial management of Denmark´s development cooperation, and the management of the internal operation of the Embassy and the Embassy’s consular affairs. The intern will mainly work with tasks related to development cooperation. During the internship the intern will have a chance to become conversant with the Danida systems, procedures and guidelines. Focus will be on financial monitoring and anti-corruption which means that the intern will be involved in tasks related to the entire development portfolio providing the intern with a unique insight into Danida’s work in a developing country. Typical tasks will include participating in field monitoring visits and meetings with partners, drafting minutes and reports, assisting with internal procedures  and follow up on audit reports, corruption cases, budgeting etc. A genuine interest in development and financial management is a must. However, experience with practical financial management is not a requirement. Good writing skills are essential, as is flexibility and a positive attitude towards the broad range of tasks the team is involved in.

 

 

Typical tasks of the interns include:

• Participation in dialogue and coordination with other development partners/donors
• Programme monitoring and evaluation, including assessment of progress reports, reviews and audits as well as project visits/field visits
• Internal and external communication, including responsibility for updating and maintaining the Embassy´s various communications platforms.
• Controlling financial management in our Danida programmes
• Various administrative tasks, such as drafting letters, responding to inquiries, preparing meetings and  taking minutes from meetings
• Involvement in the Embassy’s support to cultural activities

The internship and the specific tasks will be planned in further detail with your team supervisor according to your academic background, qualifications and areas of interest. Applicants will be evaluated on qualifications and interests as well as the needs of the different teams.

The internship offers:

•  A unique insight into political and economic developments in Uganda
• Hands on experience with concrete foreign- and development policy challenges
• Dedicated colleagues ready to guide and involve you in the tasks of the Danish Embassy
• Transfer of credits (ECTS)

Qualifications

For any of the teams, you could be studying political science, economics, development studies, African studies, public administration, finance or something similar. You are expected to have good interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently as well as working as part of a team. Keen interest in working in a developing country is a must. Being open-minded, having a willingness to learn and a high level of cultural awareness will be essential. It is a requirement to have a high level of oral and written Danish and English and good computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-Point and Outlook) are an advantage.

Terms and conditions

Students applying for an internship must be enrolled in a Master’s programme or a Bachelor’s programme at a Danish or a foreign institution of higher education. Interns must remain enrolled in such a programme for the duration of the internship. Furthermore, to apply for the position you must be either a Danish citizen or be resident in Denmark, have lived in Denmark for a minimum of three years and be enrolled at a Danish institution of higher education. The internships are unpaid, but the Embassy provides refund for documented expenses related to the internship (such as travelling, vaccinations, accommodation and insurance) for an amount up to DKK 3,500 a month. Alternatively, interns can receive DKK 3,500 a month to cover such expenses, but in that case it is generally not possible to receive SU simultaneously (see this ruling by Ankenævnet for SU). Duration of the internship is six months. The intern will be responsible for financing travel documents, visa, insurances and vaccinations. The interns are expected to share a furnished apartment about 10 minutes’ walk from the Embassy at the cost of app. USD 333 per month per person plus utilities.

You can find the specific guidelines for interns at Danish representations here.

How to apply and deadlines

Please send application, CV and recommendations electronically to kmtamb@um.dk in one pdf file. The application must be in English and at a maximum of 1 page. Note in the subject for application; Internship (Team).

The deadlines for application are respectively the 15th of March and the 30th of September.

Ask an intern

Please do not hesitate to contact our current intern if you have any questions regarding the internship and life in Kampala; you can find the contacts here