Call for Apps – Development Intern at AdvocAid

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Organization: AdvocAid

Intern Title: Development Intern

Supervisor: Zynab Kamara, Executive Director

Internship Duration: 3 months (September – November 2021) 

Hours: 15 hours per week. 

Stipend: $50 ($20 communications and $30 stipend) 

Location: Remote

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 29th, 2021


Organization Background: 

Founded in 2006, AdvocAid is the only human rights organisation in Sierra Leone providing holistic access to justice and post-prison support to women and girls who come into contact with the law. AdvocAid is led by women, for women, and operates from established offices in Freetown, Makeni and Kenema across eight towns in Sierra Leone (Freetown, Waterloo, Masiaka, Bo, Kenema, Makeni, Magburaka and Port Loko). Our team of dedicated paralegals, lawyers and social workers work with women in contact with the law, to ensure they are supported and represented throughout the justice system—from police stations to court to correctional centres. We provide access to justice, legal empowerment, psycho-social and welfare support and post-detention support. As well as providing these short-term interventions, we advocate for law reform that is focused on changing the system that disproportionately traps women and girls in poverty and brings them into contact with the justice system.

Intern’s Roles and Responsibilities: 

-Support Executive Director in ensuring timely donor reporting by drafting assigned project reports and tracking deadlines

-Provide guidance, support, and training sessions to staff to help build AdvocAid’s fundraising and communication’s capacity

-Occasionally support project management and implementation of activities

-Proactively research funding opportunities and write applications to trusts, foundations and

corporates in order to increase financial sustainability

-Support the Executive Director in developing grant proposals for institutional funders

-Develop a donor stewardship plan to encourage individual supporters to become regular donors

-Manage all donor thanking

-Help coordinate events planning

Desired Skills and Qualities: 

-Demonstrable interest in women’s rights and human rights;

-Strong research and writing skills;

-Strong written and verbal communication skills;

-Ability to build effective working relationships with staff and partners, and work well within a

team in a cross-cultural setting;

-Individuals that can complete tasks on time and to a high-standard;

-Confidence and initiative to suggest new or creative ways in which AdvocAid can strengthen

its work;

-Commitment to the values and mandate of AdvocAid.

Application Process: 

Please submit your application through the linked Application Form by August 29th, 2021. You will need to answer the required questions and upload your resume and cover letter. 

Your application will be assessed by the GEM Employment Team against this Resume Rubric and this Cover Letter Rubric. Applicants scoring 18+ on both documents are considered highly competitive. All applications will be sent to employers, with the highest scoring applicants being highlighted to employers as recommended candidates. The employer will then decide who to interview and select for the position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

If you would like feedback on your resume and cover letter before submitting, please send your documents via this linked Application Editing Form so that a GEM Employment Editor may provide you with feedback. Editors will provide feedback within three working days, so please plan your submission accordingly.