- August 31, 2021
- Posted by: Noelle Uloko
- Categories: Africa Development, Center for Learning, Evaluation and Monitoring, Cloneshouse Nigeria News
Why did we start the 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 Internship Program (CIP) 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?
Cloneshouse Internship Program typically seeks candidates 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 from two slots to four slots per batch. Two slots are reserved for one experienced male and one experienced female in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation, and two other slots go to one young inexperienced female and inexperienced male in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation. As of the time this blog is written, we have a member of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps who recently scaled through the screening process and will be joining our next batch of interns in September 2021.
What’s the Experience Like?
Typically, interns go through a three-week Basic Monitoring and Evaluation course and work on projects with mid-level and senior consultants. Recently, we have had our interns work with us on the Luminate Nigeria Financial Transparency Learning Study, where we reviewed Luminate’s financial transparency work in Nigeria by collecting evidence and documenting lessons learnt for internal learning and a strategy development process, plus for public dissemination.
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. For instance, our intern earlier in the year joined our consultants in partnership with British Council European Union ROLAC Programme, to provide M&E and Fundraising support to the justice sector reform teams in Adamawa, Anambra, Edo, Kano, Lagos and the FCT. The technical assistance rendered included the facilitation of training and ongoing mentorship to the teams in the area of fundraising and M&E.
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.
– Joshua Arogunyo (Program Officer, Basic Rights Watch)
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.
– Bilikis Akanni (Consultant, Biliola Consulting service)
Do we pay Interns?
Deliberately, we refer to this as an unpaid internship. Practically, it is a paid apprenticeship. Cloneshouse does not pay a salary to interns, but at the discretion of project teams, interns can earn a stipend from projects to which they are attached. Per diems and travel expenses are also given if the intern accepts to travel with our team of consultants for Cloneshouse projects outside the city of Abuja, where the head office is located and where the interns report. It is however worth noting that on-site engagements make up only about 10% of interns work schedule, while the remaining 90% goes to virtual engagements. Most importantly, some of our past interns are now junior consultants, taking on projects within the firm.
Arguments and counterarguments have arisen on why companies should pay their interns or not. Interns are very important in establishments. If not for anything, they provide the much needed extra hands for productiveness, though their mistakes can cost companies a lot. Interns are also easier to train, which means that if the company finally absorbs them into its labour force, they will become wonderful employees. Whether an intern is paid or not, what is most important is that there is an agreement between both parties – employer and employee (or intern in this instance).
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You will be asked to fill a form that will ask you basic questions about who you are and request a statement of interest.
All applications are stored in a database that is consulted by our HR Team based on business needs. Please note that candidates will not hear from us unless they are shortlisted by our HR Team. Candidates who are selected from the applicants’ pool for further review will subsequently be required to provide their CV and proof of enrollment in a graduate degree. CVs should best contain 3 Referees. A guarantor form is attached to offer letters issued to successful candidates who are required to submit the guarantor forms alongside their proof of acceptance of the internship offer.
At Cloneshouse, we encourage cooperative agreements with individuals, international and national partners. If you would like to support the internship program for young emerging evaluators, you can reach out to our Nigerian team at [email protected]