Technical Internship

Djibouti, Djibouti
Entry Level
Job Title: Technical Intern
Job Type: Internship
Location: Djibouti

Kaizen,  A Tetra Tech Company, is an international development consulting firm and an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven organizational and institutional performance improvements and establish communities of practice that facilitate peer-to-peer learning and the achievement of shared goals. We aspire to transform the nature and impact of development assistance and work to strengthen organizations and institutions through innovative approaches to organizational development, reform, and change.

Kaizen was awarded in November 2021 the USAID Supporting Civil Society Engagement in the Local Development Process (“the Activity”). The Activity builds on previous USAID/Djibouti investments and aligns with the U.S. Mission’s Integrated Country Strategy (ICS) Goal #3 – under Mission Objective 3.3: The Djiboutian public understands values such as good governance and freedom of expression as a result of partnerships with the U.S. mission.

The Activity also aligns with the Djiboutian government's strategy through the Djibouti 2035 vision. The main objective of the four-year project is to provide technical assistance to strengthen the organizational and operational capacities of key local development actors, including local authorities in the interior regions and civil society organizations.

The project aims to:
  • IR1: Strengthen the Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
  • IR2: Increase the Capacity and Effectiveness of CSOs to collaborate and coordinate with each other and government agencies.
  • IR3: Prevent and Mitigate Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with Special Emphasis on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Position Description
The Technical Volunteer will support the technical component of the project team and will report to the Technical DCOP.  The Technical Volunteer will contribute in the implementation of the CSOs grants portfolio and technical activities and providing overall support (both technical and logistic) in compliance with Kaizen and applicable USAID regulations across the entire grants cycle.
The Technical Volunteer will also identify areas of interest that the team can provide them to further develop their career.  Candidate should also be able to add some knowledge on the overall management of their schedule and priorities, review various tasks, and ensure that they receive sufficient training and guidance from the team to support their learning process and finally to ensure that their technical knowledge is also coupled with overall project management and budgeting for all the tasks they need to undertake.

Responsibilities and Tasks  
  • With guidance from the technical team contributes to implementation of technical activities, including supporting grant activity implementation oversight and verification.
  • Provide overall support for technical activities, including organizing workshops, training sessions, and technical assistance programs.
  • Assist program managers and coordinators in conducting assessments of CSOs' organizational and operational capacities and contribute to the development of tailored capacity-strengthening plans.
  • Contribute to logistical planning and coordination for project activities, workshops, and events.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports, presentations, and documentation for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of communication materials highlighting project achievements and impact
  • Ensure that all technical events and activities adhere to established protocols and guidelines.
  • Coordinates with the technical team to enhance grantees and other partner CSOs’ technical management capacity. 
  • On an ongoing basis, coordinates with technical team focal points on progress of grants.
  • Supports the technical team on reporting needs to reflect implementation of grants activities.
  • Operate with integrity and assurance of confidentiality, commitment to excellence, compliance with all USAID rules and regulations, contractual requirements, and Kaizen policies, systems, and values.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the DCOP Technical to support the execution of project activities. Be able and willing to travel extensively to the five regions.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’sdegreerequired.   
  • Minimum of one (1) year of professional experience in Djibouti required. 
  • Ability to work in a professional and cordial manner with fellow staff, implementing and cooperating partners, CSOs, and government agencies. 
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work with culturally diverse staff.  
  • Fluency in French. Proficient in English is a plus.
  • Experience writing reports activity reports a plus.

Expected learning experience
  • To oversee program implementation
  • In the overall budget for specific activities
  • To work as part of a team

The Deadline to Apply is Wednesday, January 24, 2024 (5:00 PM Djibouti-Time).

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to and proceed with the application. We do not currently use for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.


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