Programs Intern

Website National Democratic Institute - Zambia

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI will work in Zambia to support democratic institutions to better engage with stakeholders and citizens on national policy, legislation development and citizen concerns and priorities.

NDI invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill one vacant post in Lusaka, detailed below. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

Programs Intern

The Programs Intern will provide day-to-day support for the implementation of programs, reporting and logistics/administrative support to the NDI programs staff.


  • Participate in sound program activity development processes;
  • Participate in and support data collection and analysis against established instruments and protocols. Ensure timely data imputation and maintenance in accordance with all required protocols and completeness of data content;
  • Contribute to submission and development of program-related materials, including regular reports;
  • Support preparations for learning discussions and reflections;
  • Contribute to written political analysis on current events; and
  • Perform other duties, including logistics and administrative assignments, as required.

Required Qualification:

  • A recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in politics, international relations, or related field;
  • Relevant work experience in international development and/or; democracy, human rights, women’s political participation, and/or inclusive governance-related program management. Research experience preferred;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines and assignments; and
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and Google work space applications.

Applications for the above position should include a cover letter, updated Curriculum Vitae with names and telephone numbers of three traceable references, and a writing sample of no more than three pages (excerpt of an academic paper or a summary of recent political events). The applications should be addressed to the Acting Country Representative, NDI Zambia and e-mailed to [email protected]

Applications must be received by close of business on April 5, 2024 for consideration. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. NDI is an equal opportunity employer.

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