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Opportunity to break into international development

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A ONE-YEAR paid internship programme has been launched by Jersey Overseas Aid which will give one Islander the chance to break into the field of international development.

Jersey Overseas Aid team, back row from left: Edward Lewis, programme officer, Lauren Midgley, international development intern and Trudy Le Bas, operations manager. Front row: JOA chairwoman Deputy Carolyn Labey and Simon Boas, the organisation’s director

In partnership with UK charity Practical Action, JOA is offering a Jersey resident the opportunity to learn the ropes with professionals and to go on a six-month assignment in a developing country.

This is only the second time that JOA has offered a paid internship – current intern Lauren Midgley is working with HelpAge at its London office before she heads off to work in either Tanzania, Myanmar or Ethiopia.

Deputy Carolyn Labey, chairwoman of JOA, said: ‘As well as being a life-changing launch pad for several fortunate individuals, this will help translate the huge support for charity and philanthropy in our Island into concrete assistance for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.’

The successful applicant will start work in October, spending two months in JOA’s office in St Helier, before transferring to Practical Action’s headquarters in Rugby, where they will have an opportunity to work in a number of departments across the organisation.

Full support will be provided throughout the year and a mentor will be appointed who will oversee the intern’s learning and development. By February it is thought that the intern will be ready for their first field posting in one of Practical Action’s overseas projects.

There is no age limit in place, and Islanders considering a career-change are welcome to apply. JOA says it is looking to recruit someone who is serious about ‘embarking on a fulfilling but demanding new path’, including being prepared to spend significant time in challenging places.

Working throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, Practical Action improves the lives of around one million people every year by improving access to: energy, sustainable agriculture, water, sanitation and waste management.

Sarah Sandon, head of international programmes at Practical Action, said: ‘These kinds of opportunities in international development are few and far between, so we are thrilled to be partnering with JOA and offering the opportunity for an individual to significantly contribute to Practical Action’s remit both in the UK and abroad.’

The deadline to apply for the scheme is 9 am on 4 June. To find out more log on to joa.je.

Krysta Eaves

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