The World Bank-IFC MAS GrowAfrica Intern Program 2024 for young professionals

GrowAfrica is looking for six (6) interns to work on  Upstream and Advisory projects that  aim to reduce the operational risks of the IFC investment projects through strengthening supply chains, addressing food security, increasing collaboration with the World Bank, building the capacities of farmers, improving product traceability, improving food safety, etc. By participating in these projects, interns will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the agriculture industry and gain valuable experience in the field. The Interns will work under the overall supervision of the Project Leader and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator.

  • GrowAfrica Project 1: Expanding the capacity of an Agri-commodity trader to increase its sourcing from farmers
  • GrowAfrica Project 2: Promoting sustainable agricultural practices and improving business management processes for coffee farmers in Uganda
  • GrowAfrica Project 3: Promoting agriculture production, specifically in the poultry and coffee sectors in Angola
  • GrowAfrica Project 4: Increasing productivity through training and establishing a reliable supply chain to revive the cotton sector in Mozambique.
  • GrowAfrica Project 5: Developing a food security heatmap to guide and inform the identification of investment opportunities for IFC in Africa that will reduce dependency on imports across the continent
  • GrowAfrica Project 6: Identifying, engaging, and collaborating with the World Bank operations that benefit from IFC’s experience working with the private sector

The IFC MAS GrowAfrica Intern Program is designed to provide a platform for qualified graduate students to bridge their academic knowledge and professional practices, facilitating a smooth transition into careers. GrowAfrica will also offer them hands-on opportunities to contribute to agribusiness development in Africa with an opportunity for them to improve their own skills in agribusiness project delivery and benefit from a dynamic learning experience with other several expectations including:

  • Skill Development: Interns will be expected to enhance their technical, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills crucial for professional growth.
  • Industry Insights: Interns will gain an understanding of industry practices, trends, and challenges, broadening their perspectives.
  • Networking: Interns will interact with professionals, mentors, and peers, building valuable connections for future opportunities.
  • Feedback and Learning: Interns will receive constructive feedback to improve performance and develop a growth mindset.
  • Adaptability: Interns will cultivate adaptability by being exposed to diverse situations and work environments.
  • Project Involvement: Interns will participate in projects, contributing meaningfully to IFC’s goals and improving their knowledge in the dynamics of agricultural supply chain.
  • Resume Boost: Internship experience enhances their resumes, setting them apart in the competitive job market.

Qualification Requirements

  • Prefer master’s or PhD, with at least two years of work experience. 
  • Studying agricultural with a specialization on crop-science, agriculture economy, agriculture science, agronomy, soil management, social science, economy, or any such relevant fields. Experience in specialized fields associated with the projects in Section B, Project Backgrounds, will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Effective communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual (at least English for all projects, Hausa for projects in Nigeria, Portuguese for Angola/Mozambique and French for projects in Senegal) environments and good ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural and diverse team.
  • Adequate knowledge of the African agribusiness challenges, and opportunities.
  • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgement and problem-solving competencies.
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media. 
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
  • Results-oriented and team player. 
  • Good interpersonal skills. 


The internship package will be structured as follows: 
•  Working hours will be no more than 40 hours per week, limited to a maximum of 160 hours a month. 
•  The internship stipend will be negotiated depending on the experience and qualifications. 

Expected Date of Starting

The expected date of start is 1 June – 31 July 2024 with a tenure of a Minimum of two months but not exceeding 6 months.

The intern will report to the Project Leader (PL) and supervised directly by the Project Coordinator under each project.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IFC MAS GrowAfrica Intern Program

Deadline: May 30, 2024

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