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Communication Intern

Communication Intern
Type of Contract: 
Duty Station: 
Nairobi, Kenya
Friday, March 15, 2024

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is the leading institution for capacity development in Africa. It has a membership of 40 African countries as well as the African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

ACBF’s focus is on human capital development and institution building to address current and future development challenges.  While it provides services to all sectors; public, private, civil society, and academia, to name a few, ACBF pays attention to improving the effectiveness of Africa’s public sector institutions at country, regional and continental levels to become effective systems’ integrators and catalysers of sustainable and transformative change. 

The Foundation was established in 1991 to address Africa’s severe capacity gaps. To date, ACBF has supported over 70 higher education institutions, including universities across all sub-Saharan Africa regions, to reform curriculums that address the economic requirements of their countries and equipped universities with libraries which enabled students to carry out research online. The Foundation has trained more than 50,000 personnel in civil service, most of which hold key positions in Ministries of Finance, Planning or Economic Development and Central Banks across the continent. 

ACBF has also established a network of over 35 think thanks that support evidence-based policy making across Africa and produce critical policy research/analysis which inform economic management and help establish benchmarks for success. As a thought leader, ACBF has generated over 500 knowledge products in the forms of research, studies, and publications covering over 200 development topics.

The Foundation is launching a new five-year strategy (2023-2027) which will focus on human capacity development and institution building in four impact areas, which are Climate Change & Green Energy, Economic Governance, Agribusiness & Food Security, and Trade.

ACBF has a Communication internship opportunity in Nairobi, Kenya for recent graduates to join the Foundation.

 The internship offers opportunities to:

  • Assist in updating and maintaining the website and social media platforms. 

  • Provide support in planning, writing, and managing email blasts and e-newsletters.

  • Create presentations, fliers, infographics, posters, and other promotional materials.

  • Assist in proofreading and editing reports.

  • Provide general administrative and communications support as assigned.

SELECTION CRITERIA (required skills and knowledge)

Selection will be on a competitive basis, and the following minimum qualifications and competencies are required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or related field. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.

  • Strong communication and writing skills.

  • Social media management and content creation knowledge and skills.

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

  • Proficiency in Adobe software and Photoshop.

  • Ability to work independently under minimum supervision and be accountable.

  • Fluency in at least one of the Foundation’s working languages (English or French).

  • Excellent writing, research, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

  • Excellent interactive and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.

  • Excellent computer skills (MS applications).

  • Demonstrated mastery of subject matter. 

  • Good communication skills.

The Foundation will provide the interns with a monthly allowance. Interns shall be responsible for their own medical insurance coverage, transport (air travel where applicable), and living accommodation expenses. 


Applications, quoting the reference “Communication Intern 18/2023,” including curriculum vitae (maximum two pages) and a personal statement (one page) with three (3) referees, should be received at the address below by 10 September 2023.


Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

We strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

Accompanying Documents: 
Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana