Remote Internship at Bridging Gaps

Business Studies and/or Management Science, Communication and Information Sciences, Social Sciences
Germany
Online
Period: 
8 Apr, 2024 to 8 Feb, 2025
Deadline: 
15 Mar, 2024

General information

Duration: 
11 months
Commitment: 
3-4 days per week
Description: 

About

Our story starts with Malish James, a South Sudanese refugee in Uganda's Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. His community faced a critical issue: international organizations are cutting food rations, and refugees struggle to afford food and other essential items like clothes for their children. To address this, we introduced a groundbreaking new business model: the first-ever pay-it-forward community microloan, merging charity and microfinance. With Malish as our co-founder, we identified potential entrepreneurs, conducted a co-created pilot workshop, and established community loan groups. A digital platform was developed to secure donations from Germany and Europe, which were then transformed into microloans. Unlike traditional repayable microloans, our model is based on a pay-it-forward approach. As businesses thrive, loans are passed on to new entrepreneurs in the same community, creating a sustainable ripple effect of new initiatives and, long-term, new independent financial structures. Donors receive continuous updates on the impactful stories of the entrepreneurs they support through our digital platform, fostering a sense of connection and engagement with the community. This innovative approach not only addresses immediate needs but also promotes lasting, self-sustaining initiatives. Bridging Gaps is looking for several interns to support its mission.

 

How to apply

Send an email with your CV and a personalized cover letter to [email protected].

Application deadline is the 15th March 2024.

 

Tasks

Strategic Development & Partnership Management

  • Develop and implement strategies for engaging with the private sector, fostering partnerships, and executing collaborative initiatives.
  • Support our partnership with UNHCR, including creating joint communications campaigns and local establishment of entrepreneurship trainings, incubation programs, community loan groups and strategic new businesses (e.g. innovative agricultural projects such as mushroom and spirulina cultivation, to attract additional UN partners).  
  • Support the development of a long-term partnership strategy with UNHCR to implement the Bridging Gaps model in additional refugee settlements globally.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of the ambassador program as part of our scaling strategy, including core partners such as YY Ventures and Yunus France.
  • Support our engagement with the European Microfinance Platform, including our application to the Microfinance Award and participation in the European Microfinance Week.
  • Support the management of the fundraising fellowship, including briefing facilitators, ensuring participants have a smooth experience, and assisting with coordination or logistics.

 

Marketing, Outreach & Fundraising

  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities through open calls, including awards, grants, and other relevant avenues.
  • Implement the outreach strategy for the fundraising fellowship to ensure a high number of applications together with strategic partners, such as the Global Good Fund, UPEACE, UN Global Pulse, UNHCR and Harvard University (TBC).
  • Support the organization and evaluation of fundraising fellowship applications.
  • Assist in crafting and executing influencer and paid social media strategies to broaden our reach and impact.
  • Assist in executing marketing, outreach, and fundraising campaigns to enhance visibility and support for our initiatives.
  • Support in compiling and distributing quarterly newsletters to stakeholders, highlighting project progress and achievements.

 

Impact Measurement & Operations

  • Streamline administrative processes by developing a Notion wiki supported by our partner Skillando, organizing and enhancing systems such as filing structures in our Google Drive, automation of donation receipts, Excel sheets for partner management and impact measurement, and updating OKR trackers for effective project monitoring.
  • Support impact measurement assessments to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of our interventions, including monthly follow-ups with implementation partners to gather updates and documentation for impact reports.
  • Attend bi-weekly team meetings to contribute insights and updates on ongoing projects.
  • Provide support across various work streams as required to ensure smooth project implementation.

 

What you should bring

  • Passion for our work and interest in microfinance and the nonprofit landscape.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within a team while also demonstrating autonomy and initiative when working independently.
  • Proficiency in remote work practices, including strong communication skills and the ability to stay organized and motivated in a virtual setting.
  • Prior experience working in an international environment, demonstrating adaptability and cultural sensitivity.
  • Open-mindedness and a willingness to embrace and learn from diverse cultures and perspectives.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to maintain order and structure in tasks and workflows.
  • Strong English communication skills, both verbal and written, with the capacity to convey ideas clearly and concisely to diverse audiences.
  • German, French, Spanish or Portuguese knowledge is a plus.
  • Commitment to availability until at least January 2025.
Compensation: 
No financial compensation

Keywords

Flexible, TBD  
Requirements
Languages: 
English: Proficient User C2
Level of Studies: 
Master