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Internship for the Growth Counsellors Strategic Sector Coorperation programme in Food and Environment

Growth Counsellors: Partnering with Denmark – Sector focus on environment and food
Do you have a special interest in synergies between development aid and economic diplomacy? Then an internship with the Growth Counsellors in the Business Team might interest you. You will be working closely together with the two Growth Counsellors on regulatory cooperation (Myndighedssamarbejde). The work done by the Growth Counsellors aim at providing solutions to Kenyan development challenges and the international position of Denmark and Danish businesses by paving the way for Danish goods and knowledge, values and influences. More information about the Strategic Sector Cooperation can be found here.

Our work
Strategic Sector Cooperation
The intern will assist the Growth Counsellors in implementing the two Strategic Sector Cooperation’s in Kenya. The two programmes in Kenya have a sector focus on environment and food, respectively. As an intern, you will act as an integrated part of the programmes, which aim at building a strong private-public partnership and creating an enabling environment for private sector in Denmark and Kenya. You will engage with Kenyan ministries, authorities and companies; coordinate and participate in meetings; and assist in preparation of visits from the partnering Danish authorities.

Food safety in dairy and horticulture
The Strategic Sector Cooperation on Food Safety focus on dairy and horticulture production. The project aims at improving food safety in the dairy and horticulture value chain by an improved regulatory framework and quality insurance system, support to national food safety laboratories and a best practice value chain project in Nyandarua involving national and regional competent authorities and private sector players in the two sectors.

Green growth in manufacturing
The Strategic Sector Cooperation on green growth in manufacturing focus on circular economy, resource efficiency and waste reduction. Enhancing the green growth agenda through public-private-partnerships in Kenya is the focus for this programme.

Additional activities
Moreover, the intern should expect some practical assignment including day-to-day requests, meeting booking and writing of minutes, contributing to the communication strategy of the Embassy through our homepage, social media and traditional media and other administrative tasks.

The internship offers

  • A unique insight into public sector institutions, the private sector in Kenya, the DANIDA programmes and Trade Council activities.
  • Hands on experience with the conduct of development- and foreign policy.
  • Transfer of credits (ECTS).

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor degree and admission at master level at a Danish University in a relevant field for this position.
  • Genuine interest in business development and development cooperation.
  • Working experience from relevant institutions or private businesses
  • Responsible, independent and mature in your approach to an internship that unfolds in an international, intensive and demanding environment.
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate initiative and value working in a team.
  • Quick to learn, ready to adapt and good multi-tasking skills are highly valued qualities.
  • Good English and Danish language skills.
  • Danish citizenship or fulfilling the following requirements: The applicant has lived in Denmark for a longer period of time (at least 3-4 years), is admitted at a Danish University or Business School and at the time of applying has residence in Denmark.

Practicalities
The internship will be eligible for transfer of ETCS points at a relevant educational institution.

The Embassy provides a monthly supplement of 4000 kr. of which approximately half will be spent on rent for the apartment shared by the Embassy’s four interns. Due to regulation regarding SU and compensation, you will have two options regarding receiving the supplement: 

  1. Choose not to receive SU and get the monthly supplement of DKK 4000 per month.  
  2. Receive SU and hand in documentation of concrete expenses (including flight tickets, vaccines, insurance, etc.) up to DKK 4000 per month.

Due to Nairobi being a city with high security risks there are certain limitations to the movements of the interns. For more information on the security situation in Nairobi, please see the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' recommendations on travelling in Kenya. Regular security briefings will be provided by the Embassy.

Apply now!
Please send your application, CV, relevant recommendations and transcripts in a single PDF-file. The application must be in English, no longer than one page, and sent to mathth@um.dk with cc: nboamb@um.dk by the 2nd of October 2017 marked ‘Application for Internship – Growth Counsellors’. Please state clearly if you are also applying for other positions within the Embassy. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the current intern, Mathilde Thorup, at mathth@um.dk.