UK Project Development & Office Assistant

  • Added Date: Monday, 15 April 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 01 July 2019

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Reporting to: Project Development Coordinator
Location: SEED Madagascar London Office, W10 4LG
Contract Type: Part-time, two days/week for a minimum of six monthsSalary: N/A (voluntary)
Probationary period: Three month

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.

Responsibilities:

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 (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 volunteeringprogrammes, 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 Fundraising Officer to secure corporate funding, which will include: researching potential donor companies; supporting of corporate facing marketing materials; and supporting 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 ofexperience, 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
  • * 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 SEED Madagascar's Project Development Coordinator Zac Hill by email at projects@seedmadagascar.org.

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

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