United Republic of Tanzania: Women’s Economic Development Intern

Organization: WomenCraft
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date:31 Mar 2015

WomenCraft’s mission is to increase economic opportunity in the post-conflict tri-border area of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi by bringing rural women together, facilitating their growth and connecting their artistry to the global marketplace. Through WomenCraft, over 300 artisans advance themselves, raise stronger, families, stimulate their communities and inspire the world around them.

Position Description: This is an ideal opportunity for you gain hands-on, international experience in women’s economic development for a not-for-profit social enterprise that will make a difference in the lives of rural women in East Africa. WomenCraft creates sustainable livelihoods for women by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade products. As women develop their businesses, they need to assistance to learn how to manage their work while relying on the strengths of all group members. WomenCraft also needs assistance to roll out new artisan payment methods, including a Barter Project to bring development solutions to women.

Expected Projects and Skills Learned:

· Organize financial training. Work to develop artisan trainings in financial management so that they have strengthened business skills, a greater ability to earn an income and are better able to manage their income.

· Assist with the Implementation of the Revolving Loan Fund. Review current systems of operation with the Artisan Revolving Loan Fund and assist to refine and improve the management of the fund.

· Assist with analysis of organizational sales and earned income streams. Help WomenCraft with various analysis projects that improve the financial management of the organization and that help the organization better tracks its product sales;

· Assist with Staff Development. Work closely with and train WomenCraft’s local staff on areas under this job description. Be prepared to share your skills and abilities with staff, such as conducting trainings on computers, entrepreneurship, and other relevant areas.

Qualifications:

Business experience and/or course of study;

Knowledge and/or experience with micro-enterprise;

Excellent research, communication, interpersonal, computer and organizational skills;

Ability to take initiative and work independently;

Demonstrated interest in international/cross-cultural experiences;

Ability to be flexible and make contributions as a member of a team;

Interest in fair trade, refugees and/or international development

How to apply:

Application instructions: Please send a CV and cover letter through email to info@womencraft.org and specify “Women’s Economic Development Intern” in the subject line. Please indicate dates of availability. Only applications with a cover letter specific to the position will be considered.

Please note: This position is unpaid, though room and board is discounted to US$400 per month.