International Fellowship Careers - Thought Leadership and Influence Intern at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
Mercy Corps is a leading global relief and development agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. In more than 40 countries, we partner with local people to put bold ideas into action, help them overcome adversity and build stronger communities. We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives to grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.

Thought Leadership and Influence Fellowship:
A key priority of Mercy Corps over the last few years is Influence. In Uganda, we continue to build a name for ourselves as an organization that does high-quality, community-led and market driven work in challenging or aid-dependent places. This is a niche position we established over the years with a strong reputation. We need to continue this momentum and also increase our engagement with the private sector, civil society and the public sector to strategically address even tougher development issues.

Job Summary: The Thought Leadership and Influence Intern will lead the development of a regional strategy for scaling up ICT initiatives across all programs, specifically in financial services access; delivering and gathering information from partners and smallholder farmers, as well as other uses.  The intern will be responsible for conducting an assessment, design, set-up a strategy which builds upon the findings of financial access team. Additionally, the intern will also play an important role in supporting financial institution partners (SAACO) in expanding mobile banking technology to underserved rural markets. The intern will also be responsible for ensuring that the program team has skills and experience to implement the strategy in the next year, conduct capacity building sessions as needed. If possible, the intern will set up and complete a small pilot testing an ICT initiative.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the Thought Leadership and Influence Intern fellowship should hold a Degree in business, economics, agricultural financing or related field
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in international development or related field
  • Previous exposure and experience in business development/management and/or financial services access professional
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and a tremendous amount of flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Willingness to work under minimal direction in difficult circumstances
  • A sense of humor on par with one’s level of curiosity
Key Performance Areas:
  • Final Learning Document(s) or Case Studies, for distribution to donors; other NGO actors; government; and globally at Mercy Corps (due by the close of the internship)
  • Mentor Mercy Corps Kitgum team member in how to lead an assessment process from start to finish
Duration of Internship: June 2016 through September 2016

Mercy Corps Internship Benefits: For the duration of this internship assignment, the intern will receive the following:
  • Housing in Kitgum, Kampala and other field locations
  • Communications (cellphone)
  • Reimbursement for 6-month visa
  • Transportation between field offices

Intern responsibilities: Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:
  • Travel to/from Uganda,
  • Food and all other costs with internship

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested local and international candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the link below.

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