International Development Placement Programme 2018-19
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International Development Placement Programme 2018-19

Hemel Hempstead · Hertfordshire

Job description

Business Development/Project Management - International Development Internships

Responding to the needs of our growing business, alongside our desire to develop future talent, DAI is offering four 12-month placement roles as part of our 2018/19 programme. The 12-month placements will be spent in either our Business Development (BDU), Project Management (PMU) or Finance Departments (see other adverts) and, if successful, there may be the opportunity for employment in a permanent role at the conclusion of your degree.

These internships will start in September 2018, for a duration of 12 months. The positions will be based in DAI’s spacious, custom-designed offices in Apsley, 30 minutes out of London Euston – with excellent rail and motorway links to London and the region.

Within the Business Development Unit you will be working as part of a team supporting the development of new business opportunities in relevant sectors and client markets including the tracking of key pipeline projects – identifying potential experts/partners as well as relevant research and reconnaissance. The role will involve working closely with colleagues to coordinate proposals for major international development programmes.

Within the Project Management Unit you will be working as part of the team providing high quality project management for new and existing donor-funded international programmes in line with contract and client requirements. The team’s work includes managing the project mobilisation process and monitoring project implementation.

You will work to structured goals and will, with your line manager, review the success of your contribution to determine whether there is a mutual fit for a permanent role at the end of your placement.

DAI may have additional opportunities for internships in the areas of human resources and contracting/pricing/budgeting. If you are interested in potential placements in these areas please email. We can then inform you if opportunities become available.

In addition to the salary you will benefit from 25 days' paid leave and eligibility to join company pension scheme and take advantage of other benefits after a qualifying period. These include life insurance, income protection, contribution to gym membership, cycle to work scheme etc.

Company information

DAI is widely recognised for its commitment to international development, supported by extensive in-house technical and programme delivery expertise.

Our portfolio of 200 projects in 100 countries crosses multiple disciplines. Our clients include the UK Department for International Development, USAID, the European Commission, EBRD, the World Bank, other donors and international lending institutions, and private corporations and philanthropies.

Person requirements

  • Demonstrable understanding of and interest in international development and working in an international/multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Pro-active, assertive and action-oriented with strong intellectual ability and agility.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to tight deadlines.
  • An ability to speak a second European language would be a useful attribute.

Qualifications and experience requirements

You should be seeking a year’s placement part-way through a three-four year first degree in a relevant discipline e.g. international development; business; management or similar discipline.

Accepted degree subjects

economics · social sciences · philosophy · humanities · business and management studies · politics




Hemel Hempstead · Hertfordshire

Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

How to apply

Number of vacancies: Four

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in early March.

If you believe you have the above skills and experience, and you have the right to work within the UK, we look forward to receiving your application via the Apply button.

Closing date: 23/02/2018

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 23/02/2018

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