Internship Opportunities at Resource Africa
Resource Africa South Africa (RA-SA) is a not-for-profit company registered in South Africa. Along with its sister organisation, Resource Africa UK (RA-UK) – collectively RA, it has played a key role in promoting the concept and application of sustainable use of natural resources – particularly wildlife – as a conservation and development strategy both within Southern African and in relevant international policy bodies.
Its focus has been on promoting Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) and its ability to meet the triple objectives of biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation and
good governance. The primary strategy used was to ensure that the perspectives of marginalized rural communities were heard and influenced policy processes at national and international levels; and exposing the sound science bolstering sustainable use as a conservation strategy.
RA-SA’s work is founded on the recognition that policy is most likely to lead to sustainable environmental management and resilient livelihoods when it strengthens the rights and enhances the livelihoods and well-being of those immediately dependent upon these resources. To achieve this RA-SA believes that it is essential that policy making processes at international, regional, and national levels are informed by, and respond to, the perspectives and needs of rural communities, who have the ability to address policy making processes directly, enabling them to secure a role as valued and equal partners in policy making at all levels.
Reflecting the changing global and African context, RA-SA has over the years evolved its focus to explicitly support Southern African communities’ efforts to exercise their rights and secure resilient and sustainable livelihoods by promoting greater global, regional and national commitment and action towards policy, market and legal reforms that secure the rights of rural African communities to own, control and benefit from natural resources on which their livelihoods rely.
The current aim of RA-SA is to encourage communities, governments, donors and international institutions to combine efforts to advance three goals:
- Firstly, to increase local ownership and administration of land and natural resources, with secure rights to use and trade products and services;
- Secondly, to reduce poverty and enhance resilience
to climate change;
- Thirdly, to enhance sustainable and productive forms of land use and ecosystems management.
RA-SA believes that with limited incremental investment in improved coordination, partnerships and expanding networks, RA-SA can increase its contribution to the rights and development of people’s dependent on the natural resource base for their livelihoods, as well as to conservation and more equitable economic and social development in Africa.
In support of this work, Resource Africa South Africa is therefore seeking interns to aid in the attainment of the preceding objectives.
About Internships at Resource Africa South Africa
At Resource Africa South Africa, we take pride in continually investing in talent to ensure that we have the best pool of resources to aid in community human rights conservation concerns. We are therefore pleased to announce three internship
opportunities for the year 2022:
Our Internship program runs annually. This internship will seek to expose you to the various teams within your assigned divisions and help you to grow knowledge and skills in these areas. As an intern, you will be exposed to ‘on job training’ and exposure to
our experienced leaders throughout the program. Through an internship with us, you’ll tackle community human rights and conservation challenges that make a real impact.
You’ll work alongside teams performing real tasks and you’ll develop your skills and build your network in a dynamic environment designed to support your long-term career objectives.
In keeping with our current learning needs, we are looking for University students who meet the criteria indicated below:
- Desire to gain professional experience and is incredibly eager to learn and explore community based natural resource management, natural resource management policy processes and organizational fundraising and operational processes;
- Oral and written communication skills, the ability to follow instructions, as well as the ability to challenge the status quo will enhance a successful internship;
- Basic proficiency in MS office suite skill required.
Please send your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com, and copying firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your interest among the three positions on the subject line as either ‘Communications Intern’ or ‘Fundraising Intern’ or ‘Operational/Administrative Intern’