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Technical & Vocational Education Training Internship

International Development Group
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Internship Description
RTI International seeks an intern for the Kenya YES Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Internship. The internship will focus on documenting and assessing the effectiveness of the program's approach to improving the effectiveness of Kenya's Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) under the Kenya Youth Employment Skills (K-YES) Program under Component 1: Improved Technical and Vocational Skills of Youth Participants. 

As part of the K-YES learning agenda, the program seeks to document K-YES activities and support to strengthen Kenya's TVET system through direct support to 27 VTCs in nine countries. After conducting a rapid literature review, the intern will use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to document K-YES' approach and gather evidence of progress, as well as challenges faced, and solutions implemented. The intern will analyze the captured information to present progress to date and distill best practices and lessons learned around student, institutional, and policy outcomes that can translate into opportunities in Project Years 4 and 5, as well as advance the field of practice around TVET systems globally. 

The results and learning from this research project will influence changes to K-YES' interventions going forward to catalyze systems for supporting VTC stakeholder collaboration around youth employment. Additionally, K-YES is interested in understanding, specifically, how the CYEC have supported transformation of Kenya's vocational and training system at the country level.

Through a variety of methods including review of K-YES reports, online research, individual interviews, focus group discussion, and structure observations of K-YES activities, the intern will be responsible for the following: 

1. Working with K-YES program staff to finalize the research description;
2. Working with K-YES program staff and partners to refine research questions to ensure research is sufficiently focused and useful to the program;
3. Assisting with the research design, including methodology/questions and sampling for partner review and approval;
4. Conducting research with partners and stakeholders;
5. Collating and analyzing findings;
6. Sharing preliminary findings with partner research supervisor for joint review and analysis;
7. Preparing a presentation for management feedback;
8. Sharing findings with partners and stakeholders, as time and circumstances permit;
9. Contributing to the preparation of the final research report. 

Additional Information
This unpaid internship will take place from June 2019 through August 2019, and be located in Nairobi, Kenya. The successful prospect will need to provide an unofficial transcript to reflect enrollment in an academic program or course for which s/he will receive academic credit. 
Required Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled advanced undergraduate (i.e. junior/senior) or graduate student. 
  • Previous university coursework and research experience in the areas related to the project, including international education, youth employment, vocational training, entrepreneurship.
  • Available to participate in at least a nine-week internship, and able to sustain a 40-hour work week.
  • Ability to travel in Kenya. 
  • Previous work, volunteer, or field experience demonstrating leadership skills, ability to work independently and creatively, being proactive, and taking initiative.
  • Desire and demonstrated maturity to travel, live, and work in a foreign culture, climate, and paradigm.
  • Experience with cultural and economic diversity
  • Social ability to actively engage youth, local organizations, community leaders, and project stakeholders to collaborate on project work.
  • Openness and curiosity
  • Fluent in English, with excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Eligible to receive academic credit or fulfill an academic program requirement. 

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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