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The African Institute for Community-Driven Development (Khanya-aicdd) seeks to recruit five participants / Interns for the Young Professional Development Programme (YPDP) 2013, based in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Applications close on 7 February 2013.

The African Institute for Community-Driven Development (Khanya-aicdd) was formed in 1998 as Khanya-managing rural change (Khanya-mrc) by a group of people who had carried out pioneering work on change management in the rural sector in the Free State province in South Africa. The institute’s work has since evolved and developed being energised by the ‘Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA)’, which gave it a real focus.

Khanya-aicdd's Internship Opportunity will expose the candidates to community based-planning, participatory research projects and sustainable livelihood approaches. Candidates must have a Master’s degree in either social sciences, development studies, anthropology, policy studies, town and regional planning or equivalent. Two years experience in participatory processes, sustainable livelihoods work will also be considered.

As part of a team, participants will work with experienced colleagues in participatory planning to develop and implement processes of community-based planning, activities to strengthen local livelihoods and economies and embark on research. Participants should have interest in either facilitation or research.

This is a six-month internship with a very basic stipend.

Possible activities:

  • xposure to and application of community based planning, sustainable livelihoods approaches and sustainable local economic development;
  • Facilitation of creative and interactive learning events;
  • Social facilitation with relevant stakeholders;
  • Work on livelihoods support programmes;
  • Project development and management;
  • Participatory research projects;
  • Documentation (using video, audio and text).


  • Master’s graduates in either social sciences, development studies, anthropology, policy studies, town and regional planning or equivalent, Or graduates with a minimum of two years experience in participatory processes, sustainable livelihoods work or local economic development;
  • Interest, experience and commitment to participatory methodologies and engagement with communities on spatial, social, economic and environmental aspects;
  • Commitment to working under challenging conditions to make a difference;
  • Work experience and confidence in writing reports and developing presentations.

No candidates involved in on-going full-time studies will be considered. Participants must have rights to live and work in South Africa.

Successful candidates will gain valuable experience being part of an innovative team on community-driven development and sustainable livelihoods and will be equipped to really make a difference to community-driven development in Africa.

Starting date: February / March 2013.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation statement (maximum 1000 words) which outlines your interest and explains how you meet the criteria to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more about the African Institute for Community-Driven Development, refer to Khanya-aicdd.

Opportunity closing date: Thursday, 7 February 2013.

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