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Careers in Washington, D.C.


Careers in Africa

Consultancies in Africa

“Africare’s work begins where
the road ends.”

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Africare, one of the oldest development organizations working on the continent.

Since 1970, Africare has been delivering development assistance to Africa and working to improve the lives of millions of Africans, particularly in the areas of health, education and agricultural development, with a specific emphasis on women and children.

Africare has traveled to more than 36 countries across the continent of Africa, moving through every imaginable terrain to reach and to meet communities where the needs are the greatest.

With over 1,200 engaged employees, working in 19 countries, we are committed to working in partnership with African countries to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities, and to be a leading voice on African development and policy issues.

Africare’s core programs include: Agriculture & Food Security; Health, HIV & AIDS; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women's Empowerment; and Resettlement. We are constantly searching for the perfect mix of new college talent and seasoned professionals to join our staff, add to our superior technical expertise and support our mission to improve the quality of life in Africa.

Africare is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal, state and/or city laws, does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Careers in Washington, D.C.

The staff at Africare's Washington, D.C., headquarters provides support for its field offices in Africa. Positions in the areas of program management, budget and finance, fund raising, human resources and administrative services are available from time to time on a limited basis.

When available, Washington, D.C.-based career announcements are posted here.

Careers in Africa

A graduate degree, postgraduate work experience and fluency in English are general requirements for most Africare positions overseas. Depending on the country, some overseas positions require fluency in French, Portuguese or Arabic.

The most common positions with Africare in Africa are:

Country Representatives,
Project Coordinators and
Administrative Officers.

Country Representatives represent Africare in the host country among donors, government officials and non governmental organizations and oversee Africare's programmatic, financial and administrative operations. Representatives are also responsible for program development, monitoring and evaluation. Applicants generally have a minimum of seven years of experience in program, financial and human resource management.

Project Coordinators are responsible for the management of specific projects in a country. They must have international work experience in at least one of the following technical specialties:

  • Agriculture (agronomy, soil science, economics, horticulture, marketing, etc.)
  • Water resource development
  • Civil engineering
  • Natural resource management
  • Public health
  • HIV & AIDS
  • Women's empowerment
  • Micro enterprise development
  • Literacy and vocational training
  • Civil-society development
  • Governance
  • Emergency/disaster response

Administrative Officers backstop field office operations and, in some countries, assist with project administration. Graduate training and work experience are required in agriculture, economics, business administration or related fields (such as those listed above for project coordinators). Previous international work experience is a plus.

When available, Africa-based career announcements are posted here.

Consultancies in Africa

In its programmatic work overseas, Africare makes use of short-term consultants for project design, proposal writing, monitoring and evaluation on an ongoing basis, especially in the following areas:

  • Child Survival
  • HIV & AIDS
  • Nutrition and Food Security
  • Water
  • Agriculture

If you  have experience in any of the areas noted above, please submit your CV and writing samples to

Africare’s Internship Program

The Africare Internship Program is a 10 week program from September - December.  The program is open to full-time or part-time undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students depending upon the opening. Applicants must have excellent writing, research and Microsoft Office skills.

Positions are unpaid with a flexible schedule of up to 40 hours per week and academic credit is available.

To be considered for an internship, please submit a resume and cover letter to describing the following: the kind of internship experience you would like to have, the topic or issue you would like to work on (HIV/AIDS, food security, fund-raising, etc.), the region of Africa in which you are most interested, your skills, what kind of a contribution you could make to Africare's work and how such an internship opportunity would enhance your current academic study.

Volunteer Opportunities

At this time, Africare does not offer volunteer opportunities outside of the immediate Washington, D.C., area. Nor do we offer volunteer opportunities on the African continent.

If you are still interested in volunteering with Africare's local D.C.-area initiatives, please fill out our registration form here.

If you are interested in other ways to support our mission, perhaps fundraising on behalf of Africare may best suit you. Feel free to visit our Fundraising page for more information.