Internship Opportunity with ICIMOD – HID Nepal

Title: Intern – Himalayan University Consortium

Unit: Human and Institutional Development

Division: Integrated Knowledge Management and Capacity Development


The Human and Institutional Development (HID) Unit at ICIMOD facilitates systematic development of human and institutional capacity both within ICIMOD and among its regional member country (RMC) partners. One of the responsibilities of the HID Unit is to develop further the newly launched Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), which will have both thematic activities, in terms of curriculum development bringing in mountain-specific elements in university teaching, and training activities for faculty and development
practitioners, especially in Afghanistan.

Under the HUC umbrella, a programme entitled “Building Afghan Research Capability” has been developed jointly by ICIMOD and key HUC partners and funded by IDRC, Canada to facilitate training and capacity building of the faculty members and staff of the Afghan universities, in particular aiming to help Kabul University to regain its position as leading University in the Western Himalayas and in the development of Afghanistan. The HID Unit at ICIMOD also serves as the Programme Implementation Unit for the stated programme.

In order to support various activities of the HUC in general and the Afghan capacity building programme in particular, ICIMOD intends to recruit an Intern in the HID Unit to be based in ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. Under the supervision of the Head and/or Regional Capacity Development Officer of the HID Unit and in close collaboration with other staff and consultants in the Unit, the Intern will provide administrative, secretarial and logistic support to the Himalayan University Consortium and its programmes.

Tasks and services

Specifically, the Intern will undertake the following tasks:

Task 1: Serve as the Secretary for the Human and Institutional Development Unit

The intern will ensure smooth operation and documentation of the HID Secretariat supporting the Head, HID Unit; the Capacity Development Officer (Regional) and other short-term staff and consultants to be engaged from time to time.

Task 2: Serve as a contact point at the Programme Implementation Unit

The intern will ensure live communication with (i) Programme Liaison Office at Kabul University, Afghanistan; (ii) ICIMOD Afghanistan Country Office; and (iii) Programme Steering Committee (PSC) Members (TISS, India; GUCAS, China; NWFPAU, Pakistan; KU, Afghanistan; ICIMOD,Nepal; and IDRC/SARO, India).

Task 3: Provide administrative, logistic and secretarial support for capacity building interventions

The intern will ensure planning details, administrative and logistic matters for and secretarial support during PSC meeting, annual HUC meeting, and training courses within and outside ICIMOD.

Task 4: Maintain web page on Himalayan University Consortium

The intern will ensure web posting of current materials related to the HUC activities, ongoing partnership and plans. The intern will prepare, compile and update relevant materials from different sources including web search on courses run by HUC members.

Task 5: Attend to any other tasks related to the HUC and the HID Unit as entrusted by the Supervisor

The internship will provide the candidate with a chance to learn about ICIMOD’s programmes in sustainable mountain development in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas. Additionally, s/he will have the opportunity to develop skills in communication and organising capacity building initiatives in general and in arranging meeting, workshop, and
training in particular.

The specific learning objectives for the intern will be set at the beginning of the internship, which will be reviewed monthly and assessment reports prepared on quarterly basis.

Desired qualifications

§ Graduate academic background or equivalent in social or natural sciences

§ 1-2 years of work experience preferably in organising meeting and workshop

§ Excellent research and writing skills and attention to detail

§ Computer/internet literacy: word processing, spreadsheets, and database management and email, internet search

§ Language skills: demonstrated ability to speak and write professionally, fluently and grammatically in English; knowledge of other regional languages desirable

Duration: Six to twelve months starting from May 2007

Remuneration: A monthly stipend of NRs. 10,000 (Rupees Ten Thousand) only will be provided to the intern. For the intern with home base outside Kathmandu/Nepal, an additional monthly allowance of up to NRs. 10,000 (Rupees Ten Thousand) only will be provided to cover lodging and incidental costs.

ICIMOD’s internship policy encourages the young people especially women and members of minority communities to apply for the position. For candidates from disadvantaged or minority or handicapped backgrounds there is policy relaxation regarding the desired qualifications.

HRD Officer, ICIMOD, GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 5003222; Fax: 5003299 / 5003277


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  1. manisha joshi

    on December 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I am interested to learn the new things and want to build up my capacity so believe on “learning makes people perfect”so want to grab the opportunity to be part of your organisation.

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