Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Leymah Gbowee and GPFA interns

This late breaking MHConnect opportunity is made available through the MHC-International Internship Program. Interested students should refer to these application guidelines. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Background

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa is a nongovernmental organization based in Monrovia, Liberia. Founded in 2012 by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee. The mission of the Foundation is to promote holistic transformation in Africa by facilitating equal access to opportunities in all spheres of influence. The Foundation works to provide educational and leadership development opportunities for Liberians through scholarships, internships, youth gathering, and organizing urban and rural community development programs. The Foundation is seeking to expand its educational platform by growing the number and quality of scholars, strengthening its institutional partnerships, elevating its online presence, and increasing private foundation, individual donor and corporate support. To achieve this, the Foundation is seeking the following interns:

Available Positions (2017)

Development Intern -To research and cultivate supports, manage the Foundation's donor databases, track and evaluate fundraising efforts, and help facilitate fundraising events. 

Education Program Intern (2) - To counsel directly with current and prospective scholarship recipients on applying to university, digitize beneficiaries’ profiles and communications with universities, and organize scholarship gatherings.

Institutional Support Intern - To maintain and streamline internal and external communications, record-keeping and assist the development and education departments.

Responsibilities include:  
  • Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Researching prospective grant opportunities and, under close supervision, drafting grant applications
  • Updating and maintenance of Foundation beneficiaries database including school records, drafting communications, support liaisons with national and international universities
  • Maintaining donor and grant databases and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and sending donor acknowledgements, logging donor appreciation efforts  
  • Supporting creation and dissemination material of the Foundation's development and education departments
  • Assisting staff with grant application writing and tracking  
  • Assisting education department to create existing and new programs, track effectiveness and draft communications documenting progress
  • Increase Foundation’s social media presence via especially Facebook and Twitter
  • Supporting staff with logistics associated with special events, including assisting with creation of invitation list, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors
  • Tracking and evaluating all development and education department efforts

An ideal candidate must

  • Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, and committed to the mission of the Foundation
  • Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail oriented
  • Possess solid oral and written communication skills
  • Be highly skilled at a variety of computer skills, e.g., Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Be able to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, etc.)
  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks
  • Possess an interest in a nonprofit career ‐ particularly programs and fundraising
  • Be able to creatively problem solve

Be able to work patiently and effectively with people of all ages and education levels 

Time commitment:  

Minimum of 30 hours per week; minimum 6 week commitment, with 8 weeks desirable.

 

Application:

Please refer to the guidelines for applying to Late-Breaking and Extended Opportunities.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to develop skills in nonprofit work, and ultimately learn about the successes and challenges of educational access and women's rights in a developing country.

Campers celebrate at Peace Through Fair Play, a free overnight youth camp for children and youth.