The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental civil society organisation with focus on policy and legislative engagement based in Abuja, Nigeria, is seeking recent Masters’ graduates in African Studies, Development Studies or Public Policy who are interested in hands-on learning about governance and policymaking in West Africa.
CISLAC (www.cislacnigeria.net) was founded to forge links between civil society and parliamentary policymakers in Nigeria’s transitional democracy, and to strengthen the legislative oversight process in Nigeria’s Legislature both at National and State level. CISLAC has taken a lead in such activities as monitoring the budget process, scrutinising the implementation of the Nigeria Executive Industries Transparency Initiative ACT, Fiscal Responsibility Act, Freedom of Information Act and examining National rules on Public Procurement Act 2007, advocating for the mainstreaming of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria as well as many other areas of policy and legislation at a National and State level.
CISLAC is also currently working on a project on Strengthening Nigerian Citizen’s Participation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring within the African Union and to popularize, engage and hold Governments accountable on 16 (sixteen) African Union legal instruments, frameworks and vision for better governance.
The intern role will involve assisting in administering programmes with partner institutions at National and State level, developing project proposals, preparing reports and information materials and helping to represent CISLAC in policy-related civil society networks. The internship will allow extensive and unique exposure to legislative and governance institutions, as well as interaction with wider civil society in Nigeria.
As part of CISLAC’s ongoing programme of providing opportunities for early-career professionals to have exposure to governance and development issues, the internship programme is open to both international and domestic candidates. Internships, which can be between three and six months, or longer if part-time, are expected to be self-funded, although a small daily allowance will be made for transport/food expenses.
 African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Africa (1981); African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007); The Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (1991); Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to the Pan-African Parliament; African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (2003); NEPAD Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Plan (2003); African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; Africa Health Strategy 2007-2015 (2007); Abuja Call for Accelerated Action Towards universal Access to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 2010 (2006); Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003); Maputo Plan of Action for Implementing the Continental Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy Framework 2007-2010 (2006); African Youth Charter (2006); African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990); Revised African Convention to the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; African Mining Vision (2009); Sharm El-Sheikh Commitments for Accelerating the Achievement of Water and Sanitation Goals in Africa (2008).