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GPO Box 4487
Sydney NSW 2001 , Level 4, 220 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone: 1800 812 164

© 2017 Opportunity International AustraliaABN 83 003 805 043

Volunteer Community Development Internship

Working with the Community Development Services Director, the main responsibilities of this internship will be to collect information on the community development services that are being implemented by Opportunity’s key partners based in developing countries, map out services and technical assistance being provided ‘in-country’ that could be incorporated into the programs offered by our partners and the development of a program to support project managers based both in Australia and overseas.

Start date is 25 July 2017.

Opportunity is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the great work our volunteer team carries out. This is an unpaid volunteer role that will provide the successful applicant with a wonderful learning opportunity. No employment relationship will be created between Opportunity and the successful applicant.

ROLE DESCRIPTION.

Opportunity International Australia currently provides financial services to 4.2 million living in poverty. A new department has been established to develop and expand non-financial services such as health, education, clean water and sanitation that complement the microfinance program and enhance the overall impact we are having in the lives of the people we serve.

Working with the Community Development Services Director, the main responsibilities of this internship will be to collect information on the community development services that are being implemented by Opportunity’s key partners based in developing countries, map out services and technical assistance being provided ‘in-country’ that could be incorporated into the programs offered by our partners and the development of a program to support project managers based both in Australia and overseas.

This role offers the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the program aspects of international development and will ideally suit an applicant with excellent research and information management skills who has knowledge and several years’ experience in project management, ideally in the development or related sector.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES.

Collect and streamline information on the community development services that are being implemented by Opportunity’s key partners, both those being funded by Opportunity and those being implemented without Opportunity support.
Help develop a strategy to resource and expand these programs.
Collect and consolidate information on the impact of our Community Development Services program and help integrate this into Opportunity’s internal management information system.
Understand the challenges of our Australia based and overseas project managers and develop resources to support them achieving the successful implementation of their projects.
Map out the programs and technical specialist resources available in the same goegraphical regions as Opportunity’s partners are operating.
Conduct gap analysis to identify areas which need improvement both in the areas of project management and impact knowledge. 
Liaise with our overseas partners to collect relevant information. 
Liaise with other development organisations to understand which projects they are supporting and assess and compare the different approaches to project management. 
Assist in preparing information for the senior management. 
Assist in the recruitment of new intern and handover training towards the end of the internship.

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN.

A good understanding of how community development works and how it relates to Opportunity’s microfinance operations.
Practical insight into how information on projects is captured, conveyed and used to improve programs.
An understanding of how to apply project management in the field and how to best support project managers.
Exposure to various aspects of operation of an international nonprofit organisation. 
The intern will have the opportunity to attend regular meetings with the Programs team as well as staff meetings and training with interns from other departments. 

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

Commitment to work voluntarily, 2 - 3 days a week over a period of 18 weeks. On Thursdays you will be required to be based in our Sydney office however there is flexibility in where you are based on the other day(s).
The position is also open to someone in the Hunter region as we have an office in Newcastle.
Strong Research skills. 
Confident communicator with strong writing skills. 
Competent in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. 
Knowledgeable about project management. Experience in project management is preferable. 
Ability to work independently and liaise with international colleagues. 
Willingness to learn and undertake a variety of tasks. 
Ability to multi-task, prioritise and work efficiently. 
Flexible with a can-do attitude and a willingness to help wherever is needed.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Interns will be selected based on the intern selection committee’s judgment of best fit with the following criteria:

Commitment to the core values and aims of Opportunity. 
Skills and experience suitability (as per the application requirements). 
Commitment to the internship program. 
Passion for helping families out of poverty through community development. 
Compassionate, flexible and cooperative. 
Cultural fit with the Opportunity team.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the voluntary Program Internship, simply email your resume and a cover letter (no more than one page) to intern@opportunity.org.au. In the cover letter, please explain why you would like to intern at Opportunity and how you think your skills meet the requirements of the role. Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Applications are now open and close 25 June 2017. Start date is 25 July 2017.

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