45 Female Graduates Complete Second Internship Programme in Balkh

Today, 45 young women finished internships at civil service offices in Balkh province
The internship programme aims at equipping the participants with practical skills and work experience to improve their employability and to increase female participation in public institutions. The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) implemented the activity, supported by the Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme for the promotion of good governance in Afghanistan (RCD).

Following their internships, four participants have each already found a job at private companies and civil society organisations (CSOs). High-ranking provincial officials, media, and the interns attended today’s celebration at the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) office in Mazar-e Sharif.

The Acting Director of the IARCSC, Mr Ahmad Jawid Yawar, mentioned at the ceremony: “This internship project for 45 female university graduated interns has been a productive programme for improving employment opportunities for women. We are thankful for the government support and Germany’s engagement”.

The internship lasted six months. During the first three months, participants received theoretical training covering topics such as civil service law and principles of office management. The last three months of the internship focused on practical work at various civil service offices in Balkh province, providing interns with valuable work experience and allowing them to apply their new knowledge.   

One of the interns expressed her gratitude for having attended the programme and said: “Before this internship, I applied to several posts, but never got selected due to the lack of work experience and weak performance when it comes to written tests and interviews. But having attended this internship, I am pretty sure that I will do much better in the written tests and interviews besides being able to work without any problem”. “This internship has given me knowledge, self-confidence, work experience and the courage to face interviews, written tests and to start working in both government and non-government organisations”, another participant added.

The Afghan-German Cooperation has supported similar internship programmes in Afghanistan. Since August 2014, the project RCD has organised internship programmes in the six Afghan provinces Badakhshan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar that benefitted in total more than 350 female graduates. In general, these programmes focus on increasing female graduates’ employability and enable them to participate in government offices.

The Regional Capacity Development (RCD) programme is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 2010. RCD aims at enabling Afghan provincial and district administrations to carry out administrative tasks on their own and provide public services adequately. To achieve this objective, RCD has organised about 700 professional or job-specific training courses for more than 37,000 public servants, government employees, and provincial council members so far. Further, to increase the population’s trust in local administration structures, the project has organised 195 public awareness events on local government activities reaching about 27,300 citizens.