Library Intern Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Job Summary

To assist the Training Programme at the Joint Facility of Electives (JFE).

Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
Experience Level: Volunteer, internship
Experience Length: Less than 1 year

Job Description

Short Term Contract (3 Months)

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a not-for-profit Pan-African institution, dedicated for the last 29 years to enabling the advancement of economic policy research and graduate training in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The AERC’s mandate and strategic intent is built on the premise that sustained development in SSA requires well-trained, locally based professional economists.

AERC is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified individual to fill the position of a Library Intern, to assist the Training Programme at the Joint Facility of Electives (JFE).

The JFE is an intensive teaching environment that offers a full range of elective courses at Masters and PhD level for students from various participating universities in SSA. Apart from encouraging a more efficient use of resources, the JFE offers an ideal environment for networking and a structured exchange of people, ideas, materials and methods that reduce isolation and stimulate continued growth and collective improvement in quality.

Each year, from late June to early November, eligible universities send their post-graduate students to the JFE to be taught elective courses by a team of internationally-recruited visiting lecturers/professors.

The JFE admits approximately 70 Masters and 30 PhD students after their successful completion of core courses in their home universities. This year, the JFE will be held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) from June 23 to November 4, 2018.

The Library Intern supports the Library Assistant with the day-to-day operation of the JFE library in a manner that is responsive to the information needs of the various JFE/Bridge Programme participants including visiting lecturers/professors, students, AERC staff and other authorized library users.

This also includes ensuring that the JFE library circulation, inquiry and stock management functions run effectively and efficiently in meeting the targeted user needs. The holder of the position also assists in provision of general administrative support to the JFE/Bridge Programme.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

Assisting in processing of library books and materials;
Cataloguing, storing and retrieval of research, reference and training materials needed for the programme;
Assisting in updating of signage and book labels;
photocopying of course materials for the participants and the secretariat;
Assisting in stock-taking and records maintenance;
Assisting library users with reference service and internet-based research;
Assists with access to journal subscriptions, both print and electronic;
Undertaking other tasks assigned by the Library Assistant or the JFE/SFSE Programme Administrator from time to time.


Bachelor’s Degree in Library or Information Sciences;
At least 6 months’ relevant experience, preferably in a busy international environment;
In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of library software systems;
Highly skilled in use of databases; with good computer skills in MS Office;
Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines;
Flexibility and willingness to work for long hours, including weekends.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their application with a detailed CV, including email and telephone contacts by Monday 11th June 2018