Graduate Internship Programme / Young Professionals Programme



The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) is charged with the responsibility for the implementation, operation and maintenance of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) in Lesotho on behalf of the Governments of the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of South Africa. The Project comprises water transfer and hydropower generation components and ancillary developments, with Phase I of the Project completed in 2004.

Over the next seven (7) years, the LHDA will be implementing Phase II of the LHWP, with this being a unique opportunity to develop skills and deepen experience for the benefit of Lesotho and South Africa. The LHDA provides Young Professionals with experiential learning that supports their transition into the working environment. It is intended that more than one hundred (100) internships will be provided during the implementation of Phase II. To date, more than thirty (30) Young Professionals have been placed with various Consultants within the LHDA.

The LHDA therefore invites applications from recent graduates for consideration as per the following:

    The Programme offers graduate internships of six (6) to twenty-four (24) months, dependent on the specific engagement. The Young Professionals shall receive a monthly stipend towards their living expenses.
    Candidates must be either Basotho or South African nationals below the age of thirty-five (35), who have not previously been employed in a full-time capacity or for a period exceeding six (6) months. They must be in possession of a Diploma or a Degree qualification in the fields chronicled below:
    i. Civil Engineering – HR/Intern/CE/20/1
    ii. Surveying – HR/Intern/S/20/1
    iii. Quantity Surveying – HR/Intern/QS/20/1
    iv. Engineering Geology – HR/Intern/EG/20/1
    v. Architecture – HR/Intern/ARCH/20/1
    vi. Social Sciences and Humanities – HR/Intern/SSH/20/1
    (Anthropology or Geography)
    vii. Natural Sciences – HR/Intern/NS/20/1
    viii. Environmental Management/Environmental Science – HR/Intern/EM/20/1
    ix. Geotechnical/Mining Engineering – HR/Intern/GME/20/1
    x. Electrical Engineering – HR/Intern/EE/20/1
    xi. Mechanical Engineering – HR/Intern/ME/20/1
    xii. Public Health – HR/Intern/PE/20/1
    xiii. Nursing – HR/Intern/NUR/20/1
    (Public Health/Community Health)

The LHDA reserves the right to place or not place applicants based on its needs and requirements. The LHDA is furthermore under no obligation to employ Interns upon completion of the programme.

Due to the large amount of correspondence received, correspondence will only be undertaken with shortlisted candidates. Should you not hear from us within three (3) months of the notified cut-off date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful for the current round. The applications shall however be retained in the database for future consideration.

A Motivation Letter, Curriculum Vitae and certified copies of Academic Certificates, and at least one Reference Letter from the last school attended or employer be e-mailed in PDF format files not exceeding 4 MB to [email protected], alternatively hand delivered to the Ground Floor, Lesotho Bank Tower Building, Maseru or posted for the attention of
the Chief Executive, Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, P. O. Box 7332, MASERU 100, Lesotho.

The specific reference number of the Internship opportunity must also be quoted.

Applications received after the notified cut-off date and those that are found not to meet the immediate requirements will be retained in the database but those that do not meet the basic minimum stipulations will be set aside.

There is no closing date for this invitation since interns will be required and taken-on well into 2021. LHDA will continue to re-publish the advert from time to time to highlight specific requirements for the ensuing period, this being at the sole discretion of the LHDA.

Applications for the fourth intake must be received by 30th NOVEMBER 2020. Curriculum Vitae (CV)’s received after this date will be considered when further opportunities arise as the project unfolds.