The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Internship Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Data Management and Organisational Learning


Published on Tuesday, 5 June 2018.

CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented intern to join the Learning, Monitoring & Evaluation (LME) unit.

About CTA

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA’s envisions agriculture in ACP countries as a vibrant, modern and sustainable business that creates value for smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, youth and women, and produces affordable, nutritious and healthy food for all.

Internship background

The Learning, Monitoring & Evaluation (LME) unit now has an exciting opportunity for a young monitoring and evaluation (M&E) professional. You will gain experience and exposure to M&E tools and strategies, enabling you to better understand the dynamics of our sector and make a contribution to our organisation.

The LME Unit has structured its work around the following areas:

  • Gap analysis: monitoring CTA’s progress towards achieving the targets set in the corporate log frame and proposing adjustments to the project portfolio, as deemed necessary or opportune.
  • M&E plans: supporting the formulation and implementation of M&E plans for all the major projects, with a view to making sure that investments in M&E will be fruitful and match the specific requirements of each project.
  • M&E data management: strengthening CTA’s capacity for capturing and managing M&E data on the entire project portfolio, through more systematic data collection and the development of an IT-based business intelligence portal that supports management decision-making.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the LME Unit Manager, while collaborating with other team members, the intern is expected to provide back-up support and technical input to the Unit’s work. More specifically, the following tasks will be part of the intern’s day-to-day activity:

  • Data management: cleaning, inputting and quality control in CTA’s IT-based project management, monitoring and reporting system and other relevant databases.
  • Data analysis: analyse quantitative data to assess programme / project performance to guide CTA’s project interventions.
  • Reports creation: interactive reports through our business intelligence portal; regular analytical M&E reports based on feedback from CTA partners and beneficiaries; use of infographics and data visualisation IT based tools to make quantitative and qualitative data easily understandable to CTA staff and other defined audiences; PowerPoint presentations.
  • Knowledge base creation: conduct research/literature reviews, including on contextual information about CTA’s geographic areas of work and intervention areas.

The intern will also have the opportunity to be involved in the two other areas of LME’s work (cf. section 2).

Qualifications, experience and skills required

  • National of one of the ACP or EU States signatory to the Cotonou Agreement - 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Union member states. Only applications from nationals of these countries will be considered.
  • Recent graduate, between 21 and 29 years old (maximum).
  • University degree (Bachelor/Master) in agriculture, monitoring and evaluation or a related field with a strong background in quantitative methods.
  • Familiarity with statistical packages for both qualitative and quantitative analysis;
  • Strong background in IT and internet applications;
  • Familiarity with the DAC evaluation criteria, logical framework and logic model approaches;
  • Excellent written, presentation, communication and analytical skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and satisfactory command of the other language.
  • Competence in the use of the MS Office package especially PowerPoint, Access and Excel;
  • Competence in the use of Business Intelligence solutions as well as database management;
  • Keen interest in data visualisation solutions;
  • Ideally familiar with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries;
  • Interest in and knowledge of international development is also an asset.


  • Participation in CTA activities will give you an invaluable experience at international level.
  • Internship stipend (€ 800 per month for holder of a Bachelor’s degree, € 1,000 per month for holder of a Master’s degree).
  • Payment of travel costs when joining and leaving the Centre.
  • Medical coverage for emergency cases of sickness and accident, for the duration of the internship.

How to apply

Qualifying candidates are required to send their application via email or mail to Christèle Coutureau, Human Resources Officer. Email address: Please indicate in the ‘Subject’ of the email the title ‘Internship M&E’.

  • Applications should include:
  • A letter of motivation (maximum one page) explaining why the candidate considers that he/she is in a position to contribute to CTA’s activities and what he/she expects to gain from the internship. The date of earliest availability should be specified as well.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, preferably in EUROPASS format, highlighting qualifications, experience and skills with regards to the position.
  • A copy of the highest diploma/degree, as well as training certificates related to the position. Original documents are to be presented once a candidate is selected.
  • A letter of recommendation and/or references.

Deadline for application: 30 June 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Closing date for application:
30 June 2018
Type of contract:
Wageningen, Netherlands