NGO Consultant in the field (Burundi), summer internship

Published on April 6, 2017


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Description :


Position: Consultant to NGO in the field


Candidates for this position: 1


Organization: ICU NGO


Duty station: Bujumbura (Burundi)


Duration: 2 months






ICU at a glance


The Institute for the University Co-operation (ICU) is an Italian NGO working in development co-operation. ICU’s fundamental driver is the attention to human dignity: each person is considered as an individual capable of learning and shaping her/his future. Our Mission is to promote self-development in order to assure beneficiaries’ positive impact on their communities. In other words, we help people doing better what they already do. We promote capacity building by focusing on technology, expertise and capabilities transfer. ICU’s main sectors of intervention are education and professional training, hygiene and sanitation, agriculture and rural development, renewable energy, fishery, social entrepreneurship, fair trade market, social development, emergency and relief, waste and water management; we are currently running projects in the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America. Our global sponsors include the European Union, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNIDO, the Opec Fund for International Development plus several institutions, governments, foundations and private citizens.




Why ICU?


We will give you the opportunity


          to make the difference


          to work for people, with people


          to have social impact


          to do something different


          to “get your hands dirty”


          to go from planning to execution


          to be exposed in the field




Background and purpose of the position


The project “Electrification of the rural area of Burundi through the activation of two micro and mini hydraulic unit, PV reinforcement, extension of rural grid, connection to the national grid and capacity building”, funded by the European Union, the Opec Fund for international Development, and the Energy and Environment Partnership, seeks to contribute to the improvement of life conditions and of the access to the energetic services of the rural population. The action is attaining this objective through a bigger energy availability, a more reliable energy supply and through the reinforcement of local capabilities. In particular, we aim at providing the population, the sanitary centers, schools and the rural centers of Ryarusera, Kigwena, Butezi and Nyabikere with a more reliable energy supply.


In this project, ICU is partner of the Agency of Burundi for the Rural Electrification; the activities will end on August 31st, 2017.




According with the situation and advancement of the project, we will need some help during the summer stage period in the:


          supervision of works (timeline, logistics, operations…) for the rehabilitation of hydro power plants and electrical grid


          administrative and operational support to the project manager


          analysis and drafting of a report on possible future activities in the hydropower sector in Burundi through site visits, research, interviews, cost and timing estimation, market analysis, identification and classification of beneficiaries


 A special focus will be given to the last item.




Qualifications, skills & competencies required


Successful candidates will have a strong adaptation capacity and will be willing to work in the field, sometimes in an autonomous and independent way; be prepared for information uncertainty, lack of a baseline, struggles in data collection, unstructured working environment; be proactive: there is no right or wrong way, there is only the way we decide to follow together.


Previous experience in the energy/oil and gas sector and/or in developing countries and/or an engineering background could help but is not required.


Language requirements: fluency in French. Knowledge of English and/or Italian will be an asset but it’s not mandatory.






ICU will cover for international flight tickets, travel and medical insurance, local transportation; ICU will also cover basic expenses for lodging and meals. ICU Burundi office is located in Bujumbura.


The candidate is responsible for obtaining a VISA if required; ICU will make its best to facilitate this task.


How to apply :


Please submit your résumé (CV) and cover letter to Mr. Daniele Bonetti at with subject line “IESEBUR internship” by April 30th, 2017.


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