The Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia (MCA-L) initiated an internship program January 2018, as a key support to national capacity building that will give young people the opportunity to gain experience in work places as a springboard for launching a career. The program is in line with Africa’s Promise, a new initiative from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to empower youths of compact implementing countries by providing internship opportunities supporting the implementation of MCC compact programs across Africa. “Approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35”, according to MCC. Interns will learn technical skills, leadership skills and project management best practices – including financial and public sector management – in the local country context while helping to advance MCC’s mission to reduce poverty through economic growth. Interns will support the large-scale development projects that make up MCC-funded compact programs and get exposure to targeted professional development and networking opportunities in both the public and private sectors.
MCA-L picked Menue Bainda as Communications Intern, the first of the interns, effective January 3, 2018.
Mr. Bainda supported the MCAL Director of Communications and Outreach in collaboration with the MCAL senior management, for the planning and implementation of Communication and stakeholder engagement and public consultation.
Mr. Bainda was in his junior year at the United Methodist University, Liberia, where he is studying towards a degree in Management.
He has several years of training in technology and has performed community volunteer service for the local government and donor funded agencies.
Queenette P. Johnson
Environmental and Social Performance Intern
Queenette P. Johnson has joined the Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia (MCA-L) as an intern in the Environmental and Social Performance (ESP) directorate. Ms. Johnson will provide support to the ESP team, undertaking a range of projects in Community Based Natural Resource Management, Water Sanitation and Hygiene and ensuring MCA-L projects comply with standard national and international environmental practices. Ms. Johnson is a senior at the Stella Maris Polytechnic pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She aspires for a Master`s degree in Environmental Law. Before joining the MCA-L, Ms. Johnson served as a volunteer for several organizations, including Conservation International Liberia.