Adeso, formerly known as Horn Relief, is vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization. At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy. For the past 20 years we have strengthened rural livelihoods through environmental awareness, training, technology transfer and innovative humanitarian projects in pursuit of a peaceful, self-reliant, and greener future. Currently, Adeso has programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. Adeso is an exciting and dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth.
It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.
Adeso is seeking to fill the following position of Program development Support assistant intern. The position holder will assist the Executive Director and Country Manager to coordinates the Design, development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration of humanitarian relief and development programs in line with the organization strategy. The assistant would contribute to the preparation and reviewing of concept papers, proposals, and other funding opportunities for new projects/ programs in Adeso’s operations in Kenya and Somalia.
The job holder will also work with the program managers and country team on the internal and external reports and the provision of high quality documentations.
o The program development Assistant will work with the Head of Programs and the country program team in designing, developing new business and coordinating with the country teams. The role will include drafting of concept notes, proposal writing and performing background research. The assistant will also be required to work closely with the program technical team, and the program design and quality unit and may be asked to lead proposal writing under the guidance of EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and country team.
o Supporting the Head of Programs in program management and communication including drafting regular internal and external communications, taking minutes of meeting, organizing appointments for Executive Director and taking responsibility for logistics for meetings and events, and following up with key project team members to ensure that the team is making progress against deadlines etc.
o In liaison with Executive Director work with the program team, in the production of high quality programs documentations –internal and external reports.
o Manage electronic resources, files and databases needed for program management and business development systems for the Executive Director. Maintain file for each grant with regular update filing on the progress and outcomes (assessment reports, studies, donor correspondences and external reports)
o Assist in organizing, reviewing and coordinating the various field request such as financial, procurement and programs for Executive Director processing and approval. As needed draft memoranda of understanding, development of teaming agreements, and other institutional agreements under the guidance of the Executive Director.
o Help in setting up of meetings, monthly calls, taking notes, keeping track of key challenges and action points. Supporting the coordination and preparations of the Head of Departments meeting, the quarterly program review meetings, and monthly senior management meeting among others.
o Supporting the preparation of speeches, presentations and other communication materials for the Executive Director as needed.
o Undertaking any other assignments, as may be determined by the Executive Director
A stipend plus housing allowance will be provided while in Nairobi and field offices.
o Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree or its international equivalent in international development, or related field.
o Ability to quickly grasp complex technical concepts and make them easily understandable
o Ability to deliver high quality documentation paying attention to details
o Native English speaker with excellent writing and analytical skills. Ability to write clearly and concisely is a requirement.
o Excellent organizational skills
o Willing to learn and strong interest in program management and new business development. Strong and demonstrated program/project management skills.
o Ability to prepare reports and provide information to management in a timely manner.
o Ability to communicate in a clear, positive manner with diverse clients and staff.
o Demonstrated writing and editing experience.
o Self-motivated and able to work with minimal direction.
Adeso’s Communications Team is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the Adeso Communications Strategy. This includes defining and formulating key messages and proof points to broaden the understanding of Adeso’s unique, people centered and participatory program approach amongst stakeholders across the humanitarian and development sector, governments, donors and the media.
S/he will work with colleagues to support the communications efforts of Adeso’s program teams; and s/he will support the organization’s growth. S/he will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that Adeso communications enable and accelerate the system-level change envisaged in Adeso’s strategic goals.
We are looking for a Digital Content & Communications Intern with a breadth of knowledge in PR, social media, marketing, web, running and managing campaigns and e-communications with plenty of room and interest in innovation, challenges and learning. This opportunity requires the ability to coordinate, research, and create content (i.e., social media, donor communications, impact stories, program updates, etc.) for a variety of audiences including, donors, media, the general public, internal staff, and program partners among others. The position will specifically be responsible for leading the daily management of social media and online communications and marketing activities for multiple online platforms.
The successful candidate will have a talent for writing and a willingness to engage in projects ranging from writing, editing, proofreading, and leveraging social media and blogs-across several different publications while juggling multiple deadlines and priorities. The desired candidate will exude passion and a driving desire for excellence in all they do. The candidate will also be expected to be a strategic thinker who understands how social media is a vital part of a larger, integrated digital marketing strategy including SEO, Analytics, Email Marketing, and building a culture of constant testing and refinement.
o Increase Adeso’s online visibility, voice, and influence;
o Run and manage fundraising, support business development and communication through a variety of tools, techniques and resources – including media pitching, ongoing website presence, promotional materials;
o Lead and manage social media fundraising campaigns.
o Develop and execute social media strategies to leverage editorial content across a variety of channels as well drive reader engagement
o Manage Adeso’s current social media accounts;
o Assess Adeso’s current social media presence and determine which new channels offer the best opportunity to increase the organization’s online presence;
o Set targets for increasing Adeso’s visibility and reach via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other selected social networking sites;
o Analyze and optimize monthly social engagement analytics and ad performance on all platforms;
o Monitor monthly social performance ensuring the yearly goals are met or exceeded;
o Maintain a list of all social media accounts log-in information and always make sure HQ has the most up-to-date information; and,
o Develop and implement social media campaigns, including use of paid advertisements.
o Develop and manage online fundraising campaigns using Facebook, Gofundme, Globalgiving, and more.
o Develop and maintain overall content strategy and standards for voice and tone for digital communications;
o Provide frameworks and guidance to support colleagues in their promotional and messaging work, in line with the Communications Strategy;
o Maintain and help to evolve the voice of web communications; research, write and edit SEO-rich, grammatically accurate content for Adeso’s website, e-mails and social media, taking a proactive approach to improve our communications and brand across all online channels;
o Edit and disseminate Adeso case studies and success stories to maximize their use;
o Support the writing and editing of Adeso’s publications, including the upcoming 25th anniversary Impact Report;
o Promote Adeso in relevant media and network spaces and manage the production and delivery of appropriate outreach material, including key publications such as the annual report.
o Beyond these specific responsibilities, the Communications Intern is expected to collaborate on activities as agreed upon with the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development to support the delivery of the Strategic Plan and Fundraising Strategy.
o Develop and promote communication tools and resources to use in their external activities, in order to secure a consistent external Adeso message, and optimize the communications power of Adeso.
o Copyediting, edit, review, and mark documents to ensure correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and usage. Impose a consistent style while querying or correcting inconsistencies, flagging and checking head levels and callouts for graphics or notes, cross-checking in-text references, and styling reference lists or bibliographies.
o Develop and maintain positive working relationships with team members, and other units across the organization
o Any other duty as may be assigned
o Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism or related field;
o 1-2 years’ work experience in communications and marketing;
o 1-2 years professional experience w/ Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, with proven results on impacting Key Performance Indicators of an organization;
o Expertise and experience leveraging social media communication channels to provide a compelling and inspired sense of an organization’s mission to a broad range of audiences;
o Experience with HTML coding, email distribution tools and content management systems;
o Knowledge of social media management & analytics tools such as SproutSocial, Buffer, Hootsuite, SocialBro, TweetDeck, Followerwonk, Sprinklr, Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics, Pinterest Analytics, etc.;
o Experience with social media design tools such as Canva, PicMonkey, Pagemodo, Piktochart, Infogr.am,
o Understanding how social media plays a role within a larger digital marketing team to contribute to a unified vision of campaigns;
o Passionate learner and self-starter. You should be comfortable owning your projects and have a ‘learner focused’ mindset. You have a propensity to take action, learn from your mistakes, and bring a wealth of knowledge to the team;
o Excellent written and spoken English is essential, as well as a critical eye for editing and grammar;
o Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with respect for diversity;
o Bonus: Experience working within a humanitarian or development context and working on international donor – funded projects.
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