Jahwar Amber Fund Internship Opportunity Kenya 2013

About JAF
The Jahwar Amber Fund is part of the Unitarian movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism.
Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men.
We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies.
We are a green think tank, a local policy network, and are active in ecology, spiritual democracy and human rights in East Africa with 3 offices across Kenya.
Our Regional Office for Rift Valley and Western Kenya is based in Isinya, District of Kajiado County since 2012.
Jahwar Amber Fund Inc. has 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status in Canada and is registered as a community based organization (CBO) in Kenya. The Canada office helps with fundraising.
Internship Description
Jahwar Amber Fund is seeking an undergraduate intern for the summer of 2013 (start and end dates can be flexible).
The intern and his or her supervisors will work together to design a work plan that complements the Fund’s needs and the intern’s interests, abilities, and desired career path.
Since we are a relatively small organization, the intern will have the opportunity to observe and work in all departments and gain an understanding of how a non-profit foundation operates.
The intern’s supervisors will also encourage him or her to search out and attend pertinent events in the area as part of the internship to complement their experience in the office.
The desirable candidate will be able to work between fifteen and twenty hours per week. Work schedules can be flexible with school commitments. While this is an unpaid internship, we can work with students to gain academic credit for their internship experience.
The intern’s responsibilities may include the following:
  • Research projects on programmatic topics
  • Writing projects with the development and communications teams
  • Preparation for board meetings
  • Organizing files and updating grantee records
  • Translating materials (depending on skill level)
We consider this to be a hands-on, active learning internship.
As such, the intern’s work will be approximately 40 percent administrative.
The Fund encourages international and minority students to apply.
In general, the internship program is not open to graduate students or students who have already graduated as they are generally looking for something more substantive in nature.
 
Qualifications
Candidates should have a strong interest in human rights and/or international affairs, and should also be interested in learning about non-profit operations, communications, and fundraising.
We are looking for someone who can readily handle multiple responsibilities, take the initiative, and take ownership of his or her work.
Desirable candidates will display independence, maturity, and an understanding of strict confidentiality.
We also value individuals with a strong attention to detail and the ability to follow through on projects.
Experience working in a Microsoft Windows environment and language proficiency in Kiswahili, Maa, Amharic, and/or Somali is highly desirable.
Application Process
To be considered for an internship, please forward the following materials by May 22, 2013:
1. A cover letter in which you state:
  • that you understand the internship is unpaid
  • where you found the internship posting
  • your specific dates of availability
  • the number of hours you will be able to work each week
  • why you would like to intern at the Fund, your specific interests related to human rights work, and your language abilities
2. A resume
3. The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references
4. A short writing sample (no more than three pages) on a topic of your choice; a paper from an academic course is acceptable.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please submit all application materials via email to rkithei@yahoo.com.
 
Possible inquiries may be addressed to the Director of Programs on 0733867644



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