Intern – Digital Innovations at FSD Africa


Intern – Digital Innovations at FSD Africa

Company: FSD Africa
Location: Kenya
State: Nairobi
Job type: Internship


FSD Africa is a specialist development agency working to help make finance work for Africa’s future. Based in Nairobi, FSD Africa’s team of financial sector experts work alongside governments, business leaders, regulators, and policymakers to design and build ambitious programmes that make financial markets work better for everyone. Our investment arm, FSD Africa Investments, provides early-stage, risk-bearing, catalytic and patient capital to inventive commercial organisations in order to stimulate capital flows in support of green economic growth benefiting people and planet. Established in 2012, FSD Africa is incorporated as a non-profit company limited by guarantee in Kenya. It is funded by UK aid from the UK government.

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FSD  Africa internship program’s purpose is  to provide participants with an excellent opportunity to gain work-place experience, expand knowledge, refine career goals and build professional networks, mentors and contacts.

Pillar: Digital Innovation

Position: Research Intern, Digital Innovation

Roles and Responsibilities:

Duties will include but are not limited to support the Digital Innovation Pillar in:


  1. Research support:
  • Conduct research assignments as requested by the Pillar Director and managers to inform strategy, pipeline identification, project proposal development, project implementation and fundraising. These will be largely desk-top based exercises (i.e. webpage scanning, literature reviews, report synopses) though may require some primary research (e.g. consulting with relevant stakeholders). Research themes will include, but not limited to:

i. Carbon market development

ii. Digital innovation in green trade

iii. Digital innovation in fragile contexts

iv. Greening Africa’s agricultural transformation

  • Stay abreast of developments in the digital innovation and carbon markets spaces as defined by the Pillar’s strategy and share insights regularly with the team.
  • Work with the Assistant, Programmes to update the pillar calendar with any relevant external events including workshops, conferences and seminars.

2. Coordination support:

  • Provide coordination support for the Director Digital innovation in setting up meetings, workshops and travel;
  • Support in processing local and international travel documents, advance requests, travel expense claims and travel expense accounting

3. Other support as required by Director, Digital Innovation


Preferred qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Degree in Economics, Finance, Development Studies or any other related field

Skills and Competencies

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Computer literacy
  • Demonstrated keen interest in working in financial sector development
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs and to uphold and live the core purpose and values of FSD Africa
  • Organisational, interpersonal communication skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise jobs effectively and the cross-functional teams on the project
  • Energy, enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and demanding targets
  • Manage the workflow timelines within the Digital Economy Pillar, ensuring work output meets the pillar needs.

Shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity:

FSD Africa is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of equity and inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We will ensure that all applicants are provided a fair chance to compete for available job opportunities.


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