Why did we start the Cloneshouse African Internship Program?
Cloneshouse is always seeking passionate, goal-oriented, diligent individuals who are interested in the growing field of Monitoring and Evaluation and are willing to invest time and effort to learn the theoretical and practical aspects of the various Monitoring and Evaluation components; including the best practices that are obtainable per time.
As a for-profit consulting firm, we rolled out the Cloneshouse African Internship Program (CAIP) for the first time in October 2019 to fill the gaps of emerging evaluators that have been identified from our past work. We had two females on that first-ever batch which was not pre-determined in any way, as only female applicants of the opportunity turned for the screening test. Since then, we have been fortunate to have a blend of both genders follow through the entire process and join the program.
Who is Eligible?
The Cloneshouse African Internship Program typically seeks candidates from all across Africa, with both experience and inexperience in data collection activities and data quality analysis, e-learning on basic and results-based monitoring and evaluation, ex-post evaluation, learning studies, impact evaluation, MEL capacity strengthening, proposal writing, report writing. It is with pleasure that we open the opportunity up to not just people with experience in the field but also to those who are looking to begin their career in Monitoring and Evaluation.
How many Interns per Cohort?
Currently, we have increased the number of vacancies for interested individuals per cohort. We started out with two interns, increased to four interns, then eight interns. For January 2024 cohort, we will also be taking in eight (8) interns in total, from within Nigeria and around Africa.
What’s the Experience Like?
Typically, interns go through a three-week Basic Monitoring and Evaluation course and a six-week Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation course, as well as work on projects with mid-level and senior consultants. Currently, we have our interns working with us on the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive Maternal & Child Health End of Project Evaluation on the project “Nation-wide Family Planning Campaign Nigeria” in 15 states of Nigeria.
Furthermore, our interns recently got to work on our just concluded project with Sightsavers on the End-of-term Evaluation of Sightsavers Northwest Nigeria Child Eye Health Project in Sokoto, Kaduna, and Zamfara.
Our interns also get the opportunity to be involved in rendering technical assistance to some of our partners via capacity strengthening programmes, which exposes them to various methods of facilitating and implementing successful and impactful M&E training.
What Some of Our Past Interns Have to Say
As a young program officer in a thriving non-profit organization in Nigeria, I had the opportunity to be on some development projects, supporting the organization in supervising and managing her programs and initiatives. But there was something missing; the ability to effectively conduct monitoring and evaluation assessment on these projects with other team members. I applied for the Cloneshouse Nigeria Monitoring and Evaluation Internship programme, believing that it will afford me the opportunity to acquire the requisite knowledge on M&E. I consider this opportunity an invaluable one. The team took me through some courses with rich practical case studies that deepened my understanding of the concepts, theories and practices of M&E. It was a decision I was glad I made.
My internship program at Cloneshouse has provided an in-depth insight on the development of Monitoring and Evaluation plan or framework, on how its utilization can help with the strategic implementation of a project or programme from start to finish. And most importantly the benefit of working as a team with a common goal and common passion to make a change. The internship has given me the passion and curiosity to be a changemaker with the right skills and tools to implement a project.