CLEEN internship on promoting police reform in Africa


Received by e-mail:
From: CLEEN Foundation
Date: 21/08/2009

Admission is on for CLEEN internship programme – Download Application form.

Introduction: With pressure from civil society, political opposition, donor agencies and multilateral institutions, many countries in Africa have in recent years began the implementation of various forms of police and policing reform programmes, aimed at making the police more effective in their service delivery functions and accountable to the community they serve. 

These reform programmes have ranged from community policing development projects, Human rights education for police officers, establishment of internal and external oversight mechanisms on policing, to wholesale rebuilding of police forces devastated by decades of wars in post conflict societies within the region. The success and sustainability rates of these reform programs have remained a mixed basket of advances, reversals and mounting challenges. Among the missing links are firstly lack of serious political support for accountable police forces within the region; secondly control of reform processes by foreign consultants with little knowledge of local contexts; and thirdly and perhaps most importantly, absence of civil society involvement in the implementation of the reform programmes.

Without an active involvement of civil society organizations with requisite expertise and knowledge of concepts, issues, challenges and strategies in police reform, ongoing efforts at transforming the police and policing in the sub-region is doomed to fail. Civil society groups by their nature play the important roles of mobilizing popular support for reform programmes as well as bringing local knowledge and context to bear on formulation of reform programmes in order to make them acceptable to the people.

However, civil society groups can best play these roles if they themselves are trained on the key issues that inform the reform efforts and involved in formulating and implementing such reform programmes. Therefore, there is a need for an internship/training programmes within the region that would expose civil society actors to police reform efforts as well as the la   rge issues of public safety, security and accessible justice in Africa. Hence, CLEEN Foundation’s internship/training programme on police reform in Africa.

Purpose of the Internship Programme

The internship/training programme is intended to:

  • Increase interns understanding of concepts, issues and strategies in police reform work in Africa from civil society perspective;
  • Expose the interns to work of CLEEN Foundation on promoting public safety, security and accessible justice in Nigeria;
  • Network interns with civil society actors, government agencies and donors involving in supporting police reform work in Nigeria and Africa.

Who Can Apply?

  • Programme level staff of non governmental organizations based in Africa who are fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Nominees of NGOs working or interested in justice sector reform work in Anglophone West African countries with proven ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds;
  • Applicants must posses a minimum of first Degree or its equivalent.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants who meet the above requirements can download and fill the application form from the website of CLEEN Foundation and forward the form with the following documents to the e-mail addresses as: first, or second, or third:

  • A recent resume
  • A cover letter describing the nature of what the applicant has been engaged in and also areas of interest.
  • A recommendation letter from the organization

The duration of the internship/training programme is 3 weeks. Candidates are selected four times a year (January, April, July and October). However, we accept applications throughout the year. Selected candidates are normally informed one month before the starting date of the internship/training programme. Due to expected large number of applicants, CLEEN Foundation is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates. Unsuccessful candidates may re-apply for following period.

Financial Aspect:

  • The CLEEN Foundation’s Internship/training programme is on a non-remunerative basis. However, the cost of airfare, accommodation and feeding for the duration of the 3 weeks programme will be borne by CLEEN Foundation for those selected through support from Ford Foundation. Applicants that need travel and medical insurances will have to make the arrangements on their own before or on arrival and will bear the costs.

Postal Address for applications: Internship Coordinator, CLEEN Foundation, 21, Akinsanya Street, Ojodu, Lagos State, Nigeria; 234-01-4933195, 234-01-7612479

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