Internships in West Africa

Dansk Røde Kors

Udlandet (øvrige)

Do you want to gain experience with in the field of migration or finance & administration? Do you have good reporting and communication skills, and are you ready to move to Guinea or Senegal and get an insight into the work of the Red Cross Movement? If yes, then you might be our new Danish Red Cross intern in West Africa.

Danish Red Cross is right now looking for three interns; one for the Country Office in Guinea and two for the sub-regional office in Senegal.

The Red Cross is the largest humanitarian organization in the world and for 150 years we have helped alleviate people through crisis, wars and disasters. Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has a unique position and mandate to provide aid regardless of nationality, race or political views. We currently count 19 million volunteers in 190 countries. When disaster strikes we are there. Join us. Together we can make a world of difference.

The internships
1. Finance and Administration Intern – Conakry, Guinea
Join the Danish Red Cross team in Guinea for a chance to gain valuable experience in the financial and administrational aspects of Danish Red Cross’ humanitarian work in West Africa.

The intern will be a part of the Danish Red Cross country office in Guinea, reporting to the Country Manager while working on a day-to-day basis with the finance team. The internship will be an in-depth learning process as it has a broad focus on the different aspects of finance such as administration, budgeting, monitoring, communicating and reporting

Your tasks

  • Provide support in preparing and following up on audit reports and recommendations, in controlling vouchers and accounting entries using a capacity building approach
  • Provide support in the learning process of expanding TOMPRO (finance software used in Guinea)
  • Assist in writing explanations for deviations (budget versus expenditures) for existing projects and in writing detailed budgets and budget notes for new projects/project proposal
  • Assist in documenting procurement step by step accord DRC/Guinea RC procedures and provide support in the quality assurance of programme-related documents in English
  • Support in the filing and organisation of documents on Teams/One Drive, setting up a physical filing and in improving the inventory lists
  • Provide support in the elaboration of communication documents such as layout and in written translation (from French to English and if possible the opposite way)
  • Assist French speaking staff in understanding DRC SOPs (finance and procurement) You will learn about the work of Danish Red Cross in Guinea and receive ongoing supervision and support by the Country Finance Officer.

Your profile
The intern is currently a student in a business university such as CBS, enrolled in a programme like BLC or similar. They should have excellent English skills and good French skills – the person does not need to be perfect in the latter.

2. Migration Intern – Dakar, Senegal
A great opportunity to learn about the Red Cross work’s on migration and displacement in West Africa.

The Danish Red cross Sub-regional office for Africa in Dakar is currently searching for an intern to support with the tasks of providing protection and assistance of migrants in taking informed decisions. Under the lead of the Regional Migration Coordinator (RMC) and in close coordination with the Regional PMEAL Delegate, the intern will support regional project team with monitoring and learning. In collaboration with Red cross partners in Guinea, Mali and Niger, the intern will also assist in the implementation of the project monitoring system as well as to ensure good quality of collected data. The position will furthermore assist with reporting and collecting of case stories to be shared on social media.

Your tasks
As an integrated part of the regional sub-office in Dakar, the intern will:

  • Provide support in the elaboration of communication documents; layout, etc.
  • Provide written translation support (French and English)
  • Support project development (background research, consolidation, etc.)
  • Contribute to the elaboration of migration case stories based on information provided from the countries or from quarterly reports.
  • Provide support in the learning process with INTRAC
  • Support in the filing and organisation of documents on Teams/OneDrive
  • Coordinate along with the RMC other allocated tasks

You will be supervised and supported by the Regional Migration Coordinator.


  • Relevant academic background
  • Excellent command of French, both written and spoken
  • Fluency level of English
  • Ability to collaborate with other project team members
  • Ability to keep track of and meet deadlines
  • Ability to be simultaneously result/budget as well as process-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Intermediate Excel skills

3. Finance and Administration intern – Dakar, Senegal

A great opportunity to gain hands-on experience on the financial aspects of Danish Red Cross’ humanitarian work in Africa. The Danish Red cross Sub-regional office for Africa in Dakar is looking for a motivated Finance and Administration intern to be part of our Finance team.

The intern will support the Administration Officer in the administrative and financial day-to-day management of the office. The candidate in this role will also participate in the administrator financial needs analysis and propose collective rules. In close collaboration with the regional team, the Finance and administration intern will support the sub-regional office in all matters related to the sub-regional office and programs’ finance management.

Your tasks
The intern will be an integrated part of the regional sub-office in Dakar. Tasks will include:

  • Support to operationalise the standard operating procedures
  • Support to consolidate the finance and administrative organisation and the operating framework in the Dakar office
  • Provide support to the sub-regional office in aspects related to the program finance management
  • Assist in drafting reports (phase-out projects, terms of reference, etc.)
  • Assist in writing detailed budgets and budget notes for new projects / project proposals
  • Provide support in the quality assurance of programme-related documents in English
  • Support in the filing and organization of documents on Teams/OneDrive
  • Support in setting up a physical filing system for key documents and staff related documents
  • Support in improving the inventory lists (Regional office)
  • Support the Deputy head of region on other administrative tasks as necessary
  • Assist French speaking staff in understanding DRC SOPs (finance and procurement)
  • Provide, if necessary, written translation support (French to English and vice versa)
  • Assist with reporting and collecting of case stories

You will learn about the financial support the Dakar office brings to Danish Red Cross offices in Africa and the way we work with the Red Cross National Societies. You will be supervised and supported by the Administration Officer.


  • Relevant academic background: Business College – SPRØK or similar
  • Excellent command of English and good (average) French
  • Time-management and organizational skills

We expect
We expect that you work independently, are action driven and provide an effective service delivery. You are well structured and resourceful, interested in humanitarian work and want to be part of the Red Cross. We also expect you to have an interest in working closely with local actors, and that you have the skills to engage in different project activities. We imagine that you through your study have knowledge of international humanitarian work and/or insight into partnership projects.

Furthermore, we expect that you have excellent report writing and communication skills to be disseminated in a professional, but not academic language, and experience in administration and financial management. It is an advantage if you have previous experience working with volunteers as well as experience from or knowledge of the Red Cross Movement.

As a person, you are result oriented with a cultural sensitivity. You have an ability to both listen and facilitate dialogues with a flexible approach, adapting your way of working depending on the culture and capacities.

Fluency in Danish is a must. English and France skills required as described in the elaboration of each internship.

It is required to have an internship agreement with the university in place prior to the start of the internship, thus, enrollment in a relevant master programme e.g. Business, Language & Culture, migration studies, social science, political science, African studies, development studies or similar, is a requirement of this position.

We offer
As an intern with the Danish Red Cross in the Africa region, you will get the chance to gain first-hand experience of what it is like to work for the world’s largest humanitarian organization. You will learn about Red Cross’ work in East Africa and receive ongoing supervision and support by the experienced Disaster Management professionals. You will get to work alongside professionals who are experts in their field and gain valuable and relevant work experience within a dynamic workplace. At the same time, an internship with the Danish Red Cross in the Africa region will provide you with an opportunity to apply what you have learned during your academic programme in a challenging, yet inspiring setting.

The internships begin in February 2020 and end in June/July 2020 and runs for 4-5 months in Guinea and 5-6 months in Senegal. The weekly working hours are 37.

The internship is unpaid, however accommodation, vaccinations and insurance are covered by the Danish Red Cross. Before arriving at the internship, a thorough training by the Danish Red Cross will be undertaken in Denmark and online.

Further information
If you wish to know more, please contact:

Guinea: Country Manager, Christa Nedergaard Rasmussen -

Senegal: Regional Migration Coordinator, Jo-Lind Roberts-Sene -

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