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Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Photo of 2014 Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa interns with internship mentor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Leymah Gbowee


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)

  1. Development Intern: To research and cultivate supports, manage the Foundation's donor databases, track and evaluate fundraising efforts, and help facilitate fundraising events. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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.

Time commitment:  

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

How to Apply:

Please refer to these guidelines to prepare and submit an application for any MHC-IIP opportunity. Applications for GPFA are made on Handshake, our job, internship and resource portal. Please consult Handshake for application deadline and required application materials.