Dec 08 2018

Ogoni Nextgen Internship Program 2019


TrustAfrica is an Africa-wide grantmaking foundation that is dedicated to fostering democratic governance and equitable development and works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. It is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) taxexempt organization and has a location agreement with the government of Senegal. It has program presence in several African countries, maintains partnerships with several of Africa’s leading institutions, and has built a formidable reputation as a strategic grantmaker and an effective convener.


The Kiisi Trust Fund is a donor-advised-fund managed by TrustAfrica. The Trust Fund, which had its genesis in the environmental rights struggle of the Ogoni peoples of Rivers state, Nigeria in the 1960s, is a grantmaking fund dedicated to the benefit of the Ogoni people and gives out small grants (less than $10,000) for education, health, community development, skills development, women’s programs, environment, and other benefits for the Ogoni people and their communities. The Trust Fund utilizes a participatory community-based approach to identify, assess potential grantee-partners, fund projects, and monitor and evaluate impact and results. The Trust was created from a $15 million settlement reached with Shell, $5 million of which was used by the Plaintiffs to create the Kiisi Trust to support community development in Ogoniland. The name “kiisi” means “progress” in Ogoni.


The Kiisi Trust Fund seeks to build the next generation of active and responsible civil society practitioners in Ogoniland. In this pursuit, the Ogoni NextGen Internship program will offer 3 - 12 months’ paid internship to young Ogoni’s at the start of their professional careers who are interested in one of the Trust Fund’s focus thematic areas and who desire to have a career in the development sector. This internship programme is aimed at building the interns capacity in the following areas:

  1. Leadership
  2. Research and Report Writing
  3. Training and Facilitation
  4. Grant management
  5. Community development


Kiisi Trust Fund seeks Ogoni youths with creative minds and a hunger to make a positive impact on social development and in improving the lives of Ogonis. This internship is for two (2-4) programmatic interns. The interns should have the following qualities:

  • University degree in the Social Sciences
  • Strong interest in one of the focus areas of the Trust
  • Curious, open mind
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to take constructive criticism well
  • Punctuality
  • Initiative and drive Ogoni NextGen Internship_TOR 2
  • Effective time management skills


  • Support with grants documentation, tracking, updating of files and templates.
  • Support editing and collation of workplans and monthly reports from grantees.
  • Provide field support to grantee-partners.
  • Coordinate development of and adherence to proposal development, calendars, and budgets.
  • Ensure timely updates on any changes to deliverable due dates from grantee-partners.
  • Provide timely information and feedback as needed on activities of grantee-partners.
  • Attend and represent Kiisi Trust Fund at meetings with partner organisations/grantee partners.
  • Collect relevant information to support training preparation.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of grantee-partners and ongoing projects in Ogoniland.
  • Contribute to the design and development of concept notes, proposals and any other relevant documents for grantee-partners.
  • Any other duties as assigned. COMMUNICATIONS AND RESEARCH INTERN
  • Conduct and support background/desktop research and analysis on any focus area as assigned.
  • Assist with the preparation of the Kiisi Trust Fund’s bi-annual newsletters to grantee-partners.
  • Attend and represent Kiisi Trust Fund at meetings with partner organisations/granteepartners.
  • Assist in the development of materials and toolkits for convenings and trainings.
  • Assist in the coordination of convenings and training programmes, including handling of logistics and report writing.
  • Contribute to the design and development of concept notes, proposals and any other relevant documents for grantee partners or the Trust Fund.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of grantees and ongoing projects in Ogoniland.
  • Support all internal and external communication for Kiisi Trust and TrustAfrica, including assistance in providing content across all branded social media accounts.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


Interested Ogoni applicants should send a CV, cover letter explaining their interest in the position and the value they would bring to the Kiisi Trust, and a writing sample to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Ogoni NextGen Internship” in the subject line of the email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview; please no phone calls or emails seeking status of your application. Deadline to submit application materials is January 11, 2019. Ogoni women are encouraged to apply.

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