Internship Opportunities: Southern African Development Community(SADC)

Internship Opportunities: Southern African Development Community(SADC)

Internship Opportunities: Southern African Development Community(SADC)

About The Southern African Development Community(SADC)

The main objectives of Southern African Development Community (SADC) are to achieve economic development, peace and security, and growth, alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa, and support the socially disadvantaged through Regional Integration. These objectives are to be achieved through increased Regional Integration, built on democratic principles, and equitable and sustainable development.

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The objectives of SADC, as stated in Article 5 of the SADC Treaty (1992) are to:

Achieve development and economic growth, alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the people of Southern Africa and support the socially disadvantaged through Regional Integration;

  • Evolve common political values, systems and institutions.
  • Promote and defend peace and security.
  • Promote self-sustaining development on the basis of collective self-reliance, and the inter-dependence of Member States.
  • Achieve complementarity between national and regional strategies and programmes.
  • Promote and maximise productive employment and utilisation of resources of the region.
  • Achieve sustainable utilisation of natural resources and effective protection of the environment.
  • Strengthen and consolidate the long-standing historical, social and cultural affinities and links among the people of the Region.

Vision, Mission & Mandate

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat is the body that facilitates the implementation of SADC programmes and activities to meet its objectives and overall goal of poverty eradication and regional integration.


A reputable, efficient and responsive enabler of Regional Integration and Sustainable Development.


Provide strategic expertise and co-ordinate the harmonisation of policies and strategies to accelerate Regional Integration and Sustainable Development.


The Mandate of the SADC Secretariat, as outlined in the SADC Treaty, is to provide the following:

  • Strategic planning and management of the programme of SADC
  • Implementation of the decisions of the Summit and council
  • Organisation and management of SADC Meetings
  • Financial and general administration
  • Representation and promotion of SADC
  • Promotion and harmonisation of policies and strategies of Member States


The SADC Secretariat subscribes to the following values:

  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • People Focused
  • Diversity

In 1992, Heads of Government of the region agreed to transform SADCC into the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with the focus on integration of economic development. SADC members are Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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SADCC was formed to advance the cause of national political liberation in Southern Africa, and to reduce dependence particularly on the then apartheid era South Africa; through effective coordination of utilisation of the specific characteristics and strengths of each country and its resources. SADCC objectives went beyond just dependence reduction to embrace basic development and regional integration. Hence, SADCC was formed with four principal objectives, namely:

  • Reduction of Member State dependence, particularly, but not only, on apartheid South Africa.
  • Forging of linkages to create genuine and equitable regional integration.
  • Mobilisation of Member States’ resources to promote the implementation of national, interstate and regional policies.
  • Concerted action to secure international cooperation within the framework of the strategy for economic liberation.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Common Agenda refers to a set of key principles and values that guide the Regional Integration agenda.

The SADC Common Agenda is spelled out in Article 5 of the Treaty (as amended, 2009), as well as in the Review of Operations of SADC Institutions and consists of the policies and strategies of the organisation.

Internship Opportunities: Southern African Development Community(SADC)

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a regional economic community founded and maintained by countries in Southern Africa. It aims to further the socio-economic, political and security cooperation among its Member States and foster regional integration in order to achieve peace, stability, and wealth. SADC currently has sixteen (16) Member States with a population of approximately 340 million and a combined GDP of US$720 billion.

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SADC Secretariat is currently recruiting interns in different Directorates/Units. The programme is for a duration of six (6) months and offers students and employees of Member States an opportunity to learn and gain practical work experience in their chosen field of study and work. The Secretariat is therefore, inviting qualified citizens of the SADC Member States to apply for the following internship opportunities tenable at its Headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana and at SPGRC in Lusaka, Zambia.

Internship Opportunities Number of Opportunities
Asset Management 1
Communication and Public Relations1
Education and Skills Development 1
Youth Development 1
HIV and AIDS 1
Ex Situ Conservation 1
Administration and Finance 1
Forestry 1
ICT Infrastructure    1
Procurement 2
Food Security 1
Human Resources   2


  • Be nationals of SADC Member States;
  • Be between the age of 21 and 35 years;
  • Be enrolled at a registered and accredited universities and colleges studying towards a degree programme;
  • Possess the highest standard of moral conduct and integrity; and
  • Has not been convicted of any serious criminal offence.       


The SADC Secretariat shall offer a monthly living allowance of US$250.00 only. The Member States shall bear the cost of relocation, insurance and other related expenses. 


Internship shall be for a fixed period of not less than one (1) month but not more than six (6) months. 


Closing Date: Applications must be submitted to the SADC National Contact Point in the respective SADC National Contact Points not later than or on 11 August 2023

Applications should be accompanied by the following:

  1. Cover letter stating the internship stream that you want to be considered for and describe how your qualifications, experience and competencies are relevant to the internship;
  2.  Updated Curriculum vitae;
  3.  Certified copies of your degree(s), Diploma(s) and Certificate(s); transcripts; and
  4.  Identity documents.

Gender Mainstreaming

SADC is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from female candidates.

Mainstreaming of People with Disability

SADC is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages and promotes employment for people with disabilities.

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