Project Development & Office Assistant

Tags: internship
  • Added Date: Monday, 02 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 11 July 2020

Position Overview:

An exciting and unique internship opportunity to work closely with key senior operational staff in a respected UK international development charity; this position has strong vocational content for anyone looking to break into the international development sector with future possibilities of progression into roles within the UK and/or Madagascar.

The post holder will gain hands-on experience in international development, and understanding and skills across a wide range of duties associated with project development, corporate fundraising, volunteer coordination, and practical charity management.

The internship spans a minimum of six months and is based in SEED Madagascar’s office in Queen’s Park, London. The diversity of activities that will be undertaken provides training for an early-career development professional who can effectively and efficiently deal with a comprehensive range of tasks related to the complex world of overseas development work.


The successful applicant will have the opportunity to:

Support the Project Development Coordinator in securing trust and foundation funding, which will include: performing donor research; drafting, proof reading, and editing grant applications and reports (in part or in full); and ad hoc administration relating to donor management.

Support the International Volunteer Coordinator in the running of the charity’s volunteering programmes, which will include: researching new avenues for marketing; maintaining volunteer databases; correspondence with volunteers and partners; and creative evaluation of materials and resources given to volunteers.

Support the Corporate Liaison Officer to secure corporate funding, which will include: researching potential donor companies; supporting of corporate facing marketing materials; and supporting creation of report and proposal materials.

Support the Managing Director to ensure the smooth running of the organisation, which will include: preparing financial reports and documentation; note taking at trustees’ meetings; supporting development of policy and procedural documentation; building on fundraising and networking opportunities; and supporting the recruitment process.

It should be noted that the successful candidate will take on a variety of tasks outlined above. While SEED Madagascar will make every attempt to tailor the tasks to the post-holder’s desired area of experience, this will be balanced by the priorities of the organisation.

Desired Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:

  • Hold or be studying towards an undergraduate degree in or relating to international development (or have equivalent professional/experiential background)

  • Knowledge and/or keen interest in development and/or conservation issues facing least developed countries such as Madagascar; previous experience living or working in a developing country would be an asset

  • Knowledge and/or keen interest in at least one of SEED Madagascar’s four core areas (community health; sustainable livelihoods; environmental conservation; and education infrastructure); previous experience of community-based work would be an asset

  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to gather and assimilate information from various sources, compile documents (reports and proposals), and identify lessons learnt and best practice

  • Sound ability to adapt material for different audiences

  • Be able to conduct internet research

  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Be able to financially support themselves for the duration of their internship as there is no stipend available for travel or sustenance

  • Strong written English is essential, French and/or Malagasy would be an asset

  • Be willing to take on mundane tasks such as scanning and photocopying where necessary

Anyone interested in applying for this position should send a CV and covering letter explaining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the job description to Zac Hill, SEED Madagascar's Project Development Coordinator, by email to

To find out more about the context in which we work and our programmes, please download our most recent Annual Accounts and Report, available on our website.