Vacancy Micro Finance Pilot Study & Development

Ad type: internships
Company: All Out Africa
City: Swaziland
Workplace street: MR3
Category: Business Development
Employment: On Site
Work schedule: Full Time
Posted: 6 Jul 2018
Requirements for the applicant
Education: High School
Work experience: Entry level
Gender: It does not matter
Driving license: No
Foreign languages: English - Expert
Job description

The Kingdom of Swaziland has the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate which has taken its toll on the population leaving many children orphaned or vulnerable. It also has anunemployment rate of about 30% which rises to over 50% amongthe youth. These factors combine leading to approximately 63% of the population living below the poverty line.

Social enterprise and small businesses are vital to help the economy and to bring income into families. All Out Africa hasrecently received funding to support a microfinance initiative, and we need interns to assist us in its development.

Whether you are looking to gain experience to add toyour CV, need to fulfill University requirements or justhave experience to contribute, we like to make our internships as beneficial for each intern as possible. That’s why we want to know in advance if you have a special interest, expertise or goals to achieve whilst you're completing your internship with us.

 

INTERN ROLE

An intern, although also not being paid, is different from a Gap-year volunteer as they are expected to bring some knowledge and/or experience in the area they are working in. There are fewer internship posts available so competition for these is higher. Interns will be working at a more career-focused strategic level and developing local capacity to work effectively and with meaning, as well as gaining valuable hands-on, practical experience during their placement. Interns are also expected to take on more responsibility and to create their own goals and seek activities to be involved in or lead. They will also have a mentor assigned to them to guide them during the internship.

Upon arrival, our team will assist our interns with getting started, meeting their partners if they are off campus, and advising them on next steps. Our interns, then have the flexibility to create their own schedule with their partners, and together create a plan of action of goals to achieve whilst working together. For this reason, it is important that the word “partner” remain key throughout the experience. Our interns have a world of expertise to offer, however, all goals should be created together with the in-country partner so the outcomes are sustainable even after the intern returns home. We do not expect our interns to take on a job position, but rather take on the role of advisor; offering advice, suggestions, and assistance in creating strategies that will make long-term impacts.

The focus of the Micro Finance Pilot and Development project will be to work in collaboration with our 6 Neighborhood Care 

Points (NCP’s), which operate in rural areas of Swaziland and cater to vulnerable and orphaned children. These NCP’s were set up by the All Out Africa Foundation, in an effort to keep children stay in school longer, do better in school and hopefully influence their lives as adults. TheseNCP’s are community-based facilities and include assistance from local volunteers in the form of cooking staff, teachers, and assistants who often work towards our common goals with little to no incentive. The Micro Finance project offers these local volunteers a way to earn an income.

This internship would assist the NCP and Sponsorship Coordinator in designing a marketing workshop/ educational to interested parties, and develop of system of evaluation to award a new microfinance loan to anew community group. Interns would also provide additional support and continued learning after the loan was awarded to increase the success of the business en devour.

Some of the activities you may get involved in may include:

● Assisting with the development of guidelines for the project
● Facilitate educational training about basic marketing techniques such as bookkeeping, profit analysis, product development, branding etc

● Support the NCP Coordinator in conducting basic data analysis

● Prepare periodic evaluation reports for AOA Swazi office

* Please note that the activities listed above are based on availability and may vary by season. These are samples of activities that are interns are likely to participate in.

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