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.
Lisa Lumeh joined the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia (MCA-L) as a communications intern in February 2020. She is supporting the communications department and staff in connecting with stakeholders and organizing engagements with communities, in addition to developing communications materials to ensure that MCA-L maintains a sustained presence on major media channels, including social media, radio, newspapers, and the website.
Ms. Lumeh has a B.Sc. in Mass Communications from the African Methodist Episcopal University. She studied Civic Leadership at the Young African Leaders Initiative in Accra, Ghana and gained experience in community service through volunteering with local civil society organizations.
Queenette P. Johnson
Environmental and Social Performance Intern
Queenette P. Johnson joined the Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia (MCA-L) as an intern in the Environmental and Social Performance directorate. Ms. Johnson provided 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 compled with standard national and international environmental practices. Ms. Johnson was a senior at the Stella Maris Polytechnic pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the time of her internship. 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.
Queenette P. Johnson
Korn Manipalie Kumahn started as a communications intern at the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia (MCA-L) in February 2020. Here, he is supporting the communications department, particularly in multimedia production. Mr. Kumahn will undertake visits to project sites to document and progress and compile short videos and success stories that will visually communicate the impact of MCA-L’s work.
Mr. Kumahn studies ICT at BlueCrest University College as a third-year student. As a video producer, he is also the founder and CEO of Korn’s Production Studio.
Environmental and Social Protection Intern
Nathaline Zwuogbae interned with the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia from March to September 2019 in the Environmental and Social Protection department. She supported the resettlement action plan implemented at the site of the Raw Water Pipeline, which ensured that communities affected by the pipeline’s construction were compensated for disruptions to their livelihoods. At the time of her internship, Ms. Zwuogbae was a candidate for a B.A. in Environmental Science at the Stella Maris Polytechnic University in Monrovia. She has since graduated.
Ms. Zwuogbae holds certificates in civic leadership from the Young African Leadership Initiative in Nigeria and AIESEC Liberia. She was also the recipient of the Cummings Africa Foundation Scholarship Program at Stella Maris.
Eric J. Nunoo Bainda
Civil Engineering Intern
Eric J. T. Nunoo is a civil engineer who joined the Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia (MCA-L) as an intern in February 2020 with the Civil Engineering department. Mr. Nunoo will provide support to the department in monitoring and supervising the construction of the LEC Customer Service Center and the Raw Water Pipeline project. He will work with key departments in ensuring the effectiveness of MCA-L’s projects in the country and compliance with national and international engineering practices. Prior to joining the MCA-L team, Mr. Nunoo completed his Master’s degree in Civil engineering from the Beijing Jiao tong University in China. Mr. Nunoo has worked on many projects, ranging from building construction to water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.