Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)

Research and Scheduling Assistant (Internship - Director's Office)

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Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is recruiting for Full time Research and Scheduling Assistant (Internship - Director's Office)

Job Description

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 as an independent, not-for-profit, research training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. The purpose was to mobilise global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratisation and development processes in West Africa. Our mission is to be the prime catalyst and facilitator for strategic analysis and capacity building for sustainable democracy and development in West Africa. CDD set out to generate dialogue on alternative pathways that are universally relevant and context sensitive. The first activity of the Centre was a roundtable organised in London in 1997 on the democratic future of Nigeria (then under military dictatorship). CDD activities have since grown not only in Nigeria but in the entire West African sub-region and the rest of the continent. The Centre remains focused on capacity building work, policy advocacy, and as a research reference point on democratic governance, human security, people-centred development and human rights.

Job Title: Research and Scheduling Assistant (Internship - Director's Office)

Your Role

  • We are offering an exciting role as an intern working with the Director of CDD. Here you will work directly with the Director in carrying out her responsibilities.
  • You will be involved in and provide support with her research, which can involve writing literature reviews, concept notes, drafting significant portions of project reports, and so on.
  • You will also support her logistically, conceptualizing and managing projects; preparing and scheduling meetings, speeches, and presentations for her. In this role you can expect to be supported by various Programs and Administration staff, especially in the initial phase.
  • This internship is remote.
Job Requirements
Minimum years of experience


Other Requirements

Who You Are

  • Background in Political Science, Public Policy, Political Economy, Law, International Relations, Administration or Project Management, Strategic Management, Consulting or Communications.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter, willing to assume responsibility
  • Being collaborative, energic, passionate and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work in an expanding and changing environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; French proficiency is a strong plus.
  • Structured and reliable working attitude, curiosity to learn new things
  • Strong computer literacy in MS Office (PowerPoint, Word & Excel)


  • 3-6 months (Rolling Applications, you will indicate your availability)

What We Offer

  • Our Director is involved in many thematic areas, so it is a good role for someone looking to develop generalist skills or explore different areas. She is very eager to work with people that bring ideas to the table and has a policy of never turning down good ideas, so you could possibly leave an indelible mark at CDD! Furthermore, to give interns more responsibility and ownership of the program and time at CDD, we are trialing a system where interns spend the last few weeks of their internship selecting the next crop of interns. From the internship requirements to interviews, you decide it all, in consort with fellow interns—a unique teamwork opportunity for sure! We also offer a modest stipend.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should please submit a current resume and a one-paged cover letter that tells us why you’re interested in working at CDD and include the days and hours you will be available to work to email below using the "Job Title" as the subject of the email.


  • Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.
  • Due to the anticipated volume of interest, we are unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries regarding this position. CDD is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is a non-governmental organization working on democratic governance, human rights, criminal justice reform and anti-corruption in Nigeria. The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 and subsequently registered in Lagos – Nigeria in 1999 as an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy and capacity building organisation. The Centre was established to mobilise global opinion and resource...
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