Public Service Fellowship Program Intern

  • Sanepa Heights Rd, Lalitpur 44600, Nepal
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Why: NEPAL aspires to graduate from least developing country to a lower middle-income country by 2030. However, the development community’s excessive focus today on socio-political empowerment has not yielded the desired economic transformation. In reaching the 2030 national target, shall we wait for institutions of power to become accountably productive or shall we bolster innovations of people to bring inclusive prosperity? And, shall we strengthen grassroots-government collaboration in shaping an equal and enterprising future?


The How: Daayitwa, with a focus on economic empowerment, envisions an enterprising Nepal where every youth has opportunities for a prosperous future and aims to

  1. Promote inclusive and enterprise-led economic growth
  2. Strengthen governance of inclusive enterprise ecosystem
  3. Bolster community engagement for enhanced employment

Towards these goals, Daayitwa executes three clusters - Entrepreneurship, Governance and Civic Engagement. The Rural Enterprise Acceleration Program (REAP), as part of the entrepreneurship cluster, supports rural high-growth entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses, create jobs and incubate other local entrepreneurs. Leveraging the grassroots enterprise learning, the Daayitwa Nepal Public Service Fellowship Program (DNPSF), as part of the governance cluster, supports policy entrepreneurs to collaborate with the government, conduct economic policy research and promote evidence-based policy decisions. In linking the grassroots and government level engagements, the Yuwa Aaja! Program (YA!), as part of the civic engagement cluster, supports civic innovators to promote domestic youth employment through evidence-based policy advocacy.

In the last 7 years, REAP has accelerated 55 rural youth entrepreneurs (27 women) in 3 provinces (Province 3, 4 and 5). Yuwa Aaja! has supported 30 civic entrepreneurs to organize 6 policy campaigns at federal, provincial and local levels on promoting domestic youth employment.

Daayitwa Nepal Public Service Fellowship (DNPSF) – Under the flagship of DNPSF, Daayitwa offers the Public Policy Fellowship program to conduct evidence based policy research, as well as the Public Administration Fellowship program to provide administrative and technical support to the government partners. DNPSF competitively selects and places young professionals and students in public agencies and with parliamentarians for 3-6 months, builds their technical and adaptive capacities and enables them to provide research or implementation support to their public partners. The program has supported 120 young policy professionals from 30 countries to conduct research projects for 40 government organizations as well as 24 parliamentarians at federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Daayitwa, registered as an NGO in Nepal, is part of the Daayitwa Abhiyaan. The Abhiyaan also comprises of three other institutions:

  1. Nepal Leadership Academy - a non-profit company that develops an enterprising mindset in change-agents by growing their leadership and management capabilities.
  2. Governance Lab - a for-profit research firm that enables the government and the private sector to make decisions by conducting evidence-based research and connecting researchers and decision-makers.
  3. Daayitwa-US - a US-based non-profit that engages and empowers Nepali diaspora in the US as change agents and strengthens local and global collaboration to promote socio-economic development in Nepal.


The What: YOU, as the Program Intern, with supervision from the DNPSF Program Manager and DNPSF Program Officer, will assist in two key functions - providing logistical and programmatic support, and developing communications materials to strengthen outreach.

Job Description

A. Logistical and programmatic support

  1. Provide logistical support to the Fellowship Team in terms of coordination with fellows, partner agencies, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  2. Provide logistical support to the Fellowship Team in terms of coordination for various events (launch, alumni engagement events, symposium).
  3. Support to coordinate learning and alumni networking sessions, including but not limited to webinars, panel discussions, and talk series.
  4. Assist in creating and managing documentation and database related to the project.
  5. Assist with fundraising and partnership development activities.


B. Developing communications materials to strengthen outreach

  1. Assist to strengthen Fellowship program branding through creative interventions, including op-eds, videos, and social media posts, etc.
  2. Participate in content creation including write-ups, stories, press releases, social media posts, etc.
  3. Help to create and maintain electronic mailing lists targeting specific outreach groups.


Qualifications & Skills: YOU must be a fun, people-loving, growth-oriented, impact-minded, young dynamic team-player with the following qualifications:

  • Academically compelling, with at least Bachelors in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Business or other relevant Social Sciences field
  • Relevant experience will be a plus
  • Passionately driven by a strong inner calling for economic empowerment of Nepal
  • Understanding of social issues related to economic prosperity, gender equality, youth employment and community-driven development
  • Outstanding ability to work effectively under pressure and during uncertainties
  • Independence in tackling complex problems consistently applying creativity, independent judgment and detail orientation
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal oversight with time management skills


Additional Information


Daayitwa will provide a monthly stipend to the Fellowship Program Intern. The rate will be mutually agreed upon, commensurate with the level of deliverables, qualifications and experience of the candidate.


Interested candidates must submit a CV and a cover letter by October 31, 2020.


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