12 Jul Research & Grant Writing Intern

Partner Organization:
Jokkolabs Banjul
Partner Location: The Gambia
Length: 4 months
Position Location: Remote
Language Requirement: English
Eligibility Requirement: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 19-30 at the start of placements
Placement Period: August 16 – December 17, 2021
Hours: 37.5 hours/week

Jokkolabs is an independent non-profit organization that is an open innovation ecosystem and a virtual cluster for social transformation based on an organic community of entrepreneurs and a network of innovation centres. Jokkolabs is a pioneer in open innovation, digital transformation and social entrepreneurship in Africa, and works to structure an ecosystem where collaborative dynamics bring about change. It’s a creative space: a collaborative environment that fosters creativity, know-how and social awareness across its diverse members. In these spaces, entrepreneurs can develop their ideas, learn together, share their knowledge and experience and, ultimately, co-create.

The Research and Grant Writing Intern is a passionate and creative individual who is passionate about supporting the entrepreneurship sector through research, grant proposal development and capacity building activities. Primarily, the intern will assist the Lead / CEO of Jokkolabs and Project Manager in reviewing, researching and contributing writing towards project grants and research projects.

What you’ll do: 

  • Support the effective and efficient management of Jokkolab’s research projects and grant proposals.
  • Conduct research and writing to support the development of strong grant proposals and research projects.
  • Support in the development and implementation of support systems and business processes to increase the effective management of research projects.
  • Support in the production and dissemination of research reports and data on projects carried out by Jokkolabs Banjul.
  • Organize and execute research training and events to further build the capacity of diverse stakeholders; this may include grant writing workshops, writing retreats and policy information events.
  • Assist in the development of monitoring and evaluation tools and the effective documentation of various projects.
  • Support capacity building initiatives such as the Early Career Mentoring scheme for Jokkolabs start-ups and local youth. This includes supporting the Business Development Manager in assisting early start-ups to develop strong business plans and refine their ideation process.

You’ll fit right in if you have: 

  • Previous experience and interest in monitoring and evaluation, research and/or grant writing.
  • Strong project and system management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, planning, time management, and organization abilities.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Highly organized, motivated self-starter who is able to work independently.
  • Highly-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to work on a diverse team.
  • Previous experience in organizing and facilitating trainings or events will be considered an asset.
  • Experience and/or knowledge on entrepreneurship and early start-up approaches and processes is preferred.
  • Strong commitment to Jokkolabs’ mission and values, including youth empowerment, anti-discrimination and entrepreneurship.

What’s included:

  • $18/hour +4% vacation pay
  • 37.5 hours/week
  • Please note, this remuneration is taxable income that is subject to statutory deductions.
  • Career coaching, training, networking, Solutions Lab events, and more!

How to apply: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Submit early and don’t miss the chance to participate in the experience of a lifetime!   


Due to the competitive nature of this role, no phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  

Innovate ME is generously funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.