Governance and Capacity Development Department.

The role of Governance and Capacity Development Department is to accomplish one of the triple objectives of the Foundation namely strengthening national workforce in areas policy analysis and development management. As such, the department undertakes a range of activities geared towards strengthening national capacities for policy analysis at macro, sector and local government levels. Put it differently, the role of the department is to build capacity of a variety of development stakeholders in the country – both producers (researchers) and users (policy makers etc) of knowledge.

The department facilitates capacity strengthening to all key categories of stakeholders of development including the Government, Academia/Higher Learning Institutions, Civil Society/Non-Governmental/Organizations, UN Agencies and International Organizations, the private sector, the media, faith based organizations etc. In line with the overall geographical area of operations of the ESRF, the work of Governance and Capacity Development Department extends across both Tanzania Mainland and Isles of Zanzibar.

To a minor extent, the department also facilitates capacity strengthening of non-Tanzanian nationals; this is especially through such activities like internship, visiting researchers/scholars, cultural exchanges program etc.
The major ways through which the department undertakes its function is by providing a linkage (interface) between research undertaken within ESRF and our stakeholders. The department also facilitates linkages between researches undertaken by some of our partners to stakeholders in Tanzania.

As such, the department undertakes the following activities:-

1. Coordination of policy dialogues and public seminars/lectures.
2. Implementation of short term training courses.
3. Provision of opportunities for Internship and Field Practical Attachments to students of higher learning.
4. Coordination of scientific conferences on policy matters.

Our partners/stakeholders who are interested with getting further information of ESRF activities in relation to four items above are encouraged to visit a section on events which provide details of ESRF’s work in these areas. In addition to the four (4) core areas of work itemized above, another major area work for the department is to host and implement some long term research and capacity development programs of interest to the Government of Tanzania, the ESRF and our partners. The section below highlights some of the key programs hosted by the department.


In addition to the four (4) core areas of work itemized above, another major area work for the department is to host and implement some long term research and capacity development programs of interest to the Government of Tanzania, the ESRF and our partners. Some of the projects under implementation by the department at the moment include Impact Evaluation Laboratory and Tanzania Urbanization Laboratory.

Policy Dialogues

The department organizes policy dialogues sessions as a way of communicating research findings produced within ESRF as well as findings of studies implemented by our partners. At least 10 policy dialogues are being implemented each year. Some examples of policy dialogue sessions implemented in recent years is indicated on events section.


Since 2012, the ESRF through Department of Governance and Capacity Development implements a series of annual conferences. The objective of these high level conferences is to bring together wide variety of stakeholders of development processes in the country and have a dialogue on a particular subject of topical relevancy to country’s development process. A list of the annual conferences is provided on conferences section on events.


The Department of Governance and Capacity Development organizes periodic public seminars aiming at engaging members of the general public in discussion forums of matter of relevancy to policy processes in the country. More information on public seminars is provided on the section on events.

Training Courses

The Department of Governance and Capacity Development organizes short term training courses as part of strategies of strengthening capacities of researchers and policy analysis in undertaking an articulating research finding. The training courses aims at impacting knowledge to both researchers and users of research findings so as to strengthen their capacity in the management of development processes in different sectors. Below are some of the short term training courses implemented by ESRF in recent years.


  1. Internship positions.

The Economic and Social Research Foundation offers internship opportunities to students for academic credit up to Masters Level. All internship positions are non-paid – and therefore students are expected to provide proof that they can meet their cost of living including medical coverage/insurance while in Dar es salaam at ESRF for the internship.

We accept qualified and enthusiastic students who have interest in Economic Policy and Management, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Finance/Accounting, Computer Science, International Trade, International Development Studies and other social science related research topics. Since computer skills are helpful in all areas of activities you shall be involved in at ESRF, students should have knowledge of some basics of computer applications. Students should also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, should be willing to work under constraints, abide by professional standards and be trusted with sensitive and confidential materials.

While at ESRF, students will be trained to research, analyze information and prepare reports and/or proposals. The duties that may be assigned to students include proposal writing, data collection and analysis, research report writing and other special projects. All students accepted for internship positions at ESRF shall be assigned supervisors with whom they shall work throughout their stay at the foundation. We encourage students to be open minded and willing to learn and adapt to new research techniques and methodologies as may be required in the various assignments they are involved in from time to time.

ESRF will report back to the candidates’ respective institutions on any progress and misconduct related to the attached candidates.

2. Work Schedule

Work schedules are flexible, depending upon individual office requirements.

3. How to Apply

To apply for internship opportunities, submit the following in one complete package to the address below:-

– Cover letter discussing career goals, computer skills, and your area of interest.
– Resume.
– Official university/college transcript(s); undergraduate and graduate (if applicable).
– Two current letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak for your background and skills in the performing arts and/or arts administration and your ability to learn. Letters must arrive in sealed envelopes with the signature of the letter writer appearing across the envelope flap.
– A letter from your sponsor/learning institutions confirming that you shall be able to finance your stay in Dar es Salaam and throughout your engagement with ESRF.

All materials submitted become the confidential property of the Economic and Social Research Foundation.

4. Application Deadlines.

All applications and related materials must arrive in one package and must be written in English or have a certified translation. They should reach ESRF 2 months prior to the commencement of the field attachment. An official acceptance letter shall be sent to the successful applicant(s) within two to four weeks after the deadline to confirm the dates of their internship period. If you don’t hear from us after that time please consider your application unsuccessful.

When reporting, the successful applicant(s) will be required to produce this acceptance letter to ESRF.

5. Foreign Students.

– Foreign students whose applications for internship positions at ESRF are successful will be required to process for appropriate visa and work permit before coming to Tanzania. The Foundation does not process these permits but may, upon request, issue a letter of confirmation that may be used to process for the permit at the Tanzanian high commission/embassy in the applicant’s country.
– Any successful applicants who report without appropriate work/research permit will be automatically disqualified (tourist visa is not acceptable).
– Applicants who are successful will be required to arrange for their accommodation in Dar es Salaam on their own and at their earliest convenience.