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Social Media Intern (unpaid)

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About the Organization:
KickStart (www.kickstart.org) is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty, quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably. KickStart works by designing very low micro-irrigation pumps, and mass marketing them to very poor, but entrepreneurial African men and women, who buy them and use them to establish profitable small-scale family businesses.

To date, over 180,000 families in Africa have created profitable farming businesses, lifting more than 900,000 people out of poverty, and generating more than $150 Million in new profits and wages each year.

KickStart has been recognized and has won many international prizes/accolades. Some of these include:
• Awarded the 1st ever U.S. State Department’s Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women & Girls, 2012
• Ranked #64 by the Global Journal “Top 100 Best NGOs in the World”, 2012
• Named one of Forbes 2011 “30 Top Social Entrepreneurs”
• The Lemelson-MIT Prize for Sustainability, 2008
• The Peter F. Drucker Award for NonProfit Innovation, 2008
• Fast Company Magazine’s ‘Social Capitalist’ Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Learn more by watching this video: https://vimeo.com/110787003

About the Position:
KickStart is currently looking for a highly motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented, part-time intern that will be responsible for developing material for their social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) based in New York City. The intern will help implement strategies to improve online marketing efforts, help grow an online following, and help develop creative posts. The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and possess a genuine interest in learning about non-profit communications. Interns are expected to have experience with social media on a personal level at least, but experience using social media on a business or non-profit level is preferred. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a unique non-profit focused on international development, sharpen your marketing and communications skills, and learn more about online marketing and fundraising. The position requires at least 6 hours of dedication per week, and will allow you to work from home on your own time once you are oriented with KickStart and the role. The position is unpaid, but academic credit is available.

Responsibilities:
• Generate regular engaging content for KickStart’s various social media outlets
• Monitor Twitter and seek out relevant articles to post and start conversations.
• Work with the team in New York to get stories and learn about our programs to create content
• Use design software to make creative graphics and posts
• Utilize social media to foster people’s desire to support the mission of KickStart
• Track the growth and impact of social media platforms.
• Other responsibilities as appropriate

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Creative and with an eye for design
• Knowledge of digital media software - Photoshop or other graphic design software, etc.
• Highly proficient on social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube
• A desire to come up with fresh ideas on how to grow our online presence
• Ability to identify a target market and “speak” to that consumer through social media
• Self motivated and have the ability to work independently
• Be responsible, hard-working, and committed to KickStart’s mission, purpose, and values
• Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal
• Highly organized with strong attention to detail
• Emotional maturity and a good sense of humor
• Familiarity and interest with the international development space preferred


Please send your resume and cover letter to info@kickstart.org with the subject “Social Media Intern” by September 6th.


Fundraising Intern (unpaid) - Berkeley, California

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About the Organization:
KickStart (www.kickstart.org) is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty, quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably. KickStart works by designing very low micro-irrigation pumps, and mass marketing them to very poor, but entrepreneurial African men and women, who buy them and use them to establish profitable small-scale family businesses.

To date, over 180,000 families in Africa have created profitable farming businesses, lifting more than 900,000 people out of poverty, and generating more than $150 Million in new profits and wages each year.

KickStart has been recognized and has won many international prizes/accolades. Some of these include:
• Awarded the 1st ever U.S. State Department’s Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women & Girls, 2012
• Ranked #64 by the Global Journal “Top 100 Best NGOs in the World”, 2012
• Named one of Forbes 2011 “30 Top Social Entrepreneurs”
• The Lemelson-MIT Prize for Sustainability, 2008
• The Peter F. Drucker Award for NonProfit Innovation, 2008
• Fast Company Magazine’s ‘Social Capitalist’ Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Learn more by watching this video: https://vimeo.com/110787003

About the Position:
KickStart is currently looking for a highly motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented, part-time intern with a genuine interest in Africa and fundraising to be based in Berkeley, California. The intern will work with KickStart’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and play an important role by providing her with administrative support. The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic, project oriented, computer savvy, and possess a genuine interest in learning about non-profit development. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a unique non-profit focused on international development, and learn about fundraising from a dynamic, gregarious fundraising professional with over 20 years experience and a knack for making people laugh. She will work closely with you, enabling you to acquire tangible skills and learn about fundraising and the social enterprise space. The position is unpaid, but academic credit is available. Hours are flexible to your schedule, as long as you can commit a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities:
• Handle all administrative details including updating the calendar, formatting documents, and printing.
• Assist on written reports and proposals
• Develop profiles and provide detailed research on prospective high-net-worth donors
• Update and maintain KickStart’s prospect research tracking tools
• Become familiar with KickStart’s online database to update accounts accordingly
• Gain a good understanding of various research tools including WealthEngine
• Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for small fundraising events.
• Other responsibilities as appropriate

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and familiarity with online research tools preferred
• Internet savvy and eager to learn new research skills
• Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal
• Highly organized with strong attention to detail
• Emotional maturity and a good sense of humor
• Highly motivated
• Familiarity with the international development space and interest in fundraising

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@kickstart.org with the subject “Fundraising Intern” by September 1st.


Associate Director of Partnerships & Resource Mobilization-Kenya

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KickStart International prides itself in being an award-winning, global nonprofit social enterprise that develops and mass- markets low-cost irrigation solutions that are bought by thousands of small-holder farmers in developing countries and used to increase their income by up to a factor of ten, enabling them to lift themselves sustainably out of poverty. (See www.KickStart.org for more information).

FUNCTION: Partnership & External Relations LOCATION: Nairobi - Kenya
ROLE PURPOSE:

The Associate Director of Partnerships & Resource Mobilization is responsible for expanding and managing donor development & fundraising activities from its office in Nairobi, Kenya.
SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Director of Partnership & External Relations in New York

Staff directly reporting to this post:

Works with: Close cooperation with program teams in Africa and with the U.S. fundraising team

Nature and Scope:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Identify and generate new sources of funding from foundations, corporations, and government development agencies
• Develop and write compelling and impactful grant proposals and donor reports
• Steward existing donor relationships to ensure future funding opportunities
• Help to coordinate/project manage the establishment and implementation of KickStart’s donor funded projects across Africa and to ensure on-time and complete implementation and reporting
• Work closely with KickStart’s development, management and program teams in the US and Africa to lead and manage funding concepts/proposals from start to finish, including conceptualizing projects/ proposals, developing budgets, writing proposals and reports, monitoring implementation and reporting on results to donors
• Represent KickStart at international meetings (e.g. Africa and Europe) and public forums related to its mission and programs (e.g., development aid, job creation, technology, agriculture, food security)
• Initiate and maintain strong, ongoing partnerships with relevant community members, including governmental consultants, other non-governmental and non-profit organizations , and for-profit corporations to collaborate on funding proposals

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

• Bachelor degree required.
• Knowledge of international development and/or international agriculture and rural development
• 7+ years of direct experience managing donor relationships, including establishing new funding partnerships
• Proven success in securing significant funding from foundations, companies and/or multilateral/bilateral donors
• Good understanding of the project management cycle to achieve results
• Experience living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa or in a developing country in another part of the world

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS

• Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal (e.g.: public speaking, presentations, correspondence, proposals and reports), including compelling, clear, succinct and jargon-free writing abilities. Proven writing skills are an absolute must in developing and presenting proposals and donor reports for both internal and external audiences
• Team oriented and able to work effectively with cross-functional teams to develop and analyze proposals that have both a realistic chance of success, but are also realistic in terms of KickStart’s capacity to implement
• Self-motivated and entrepreneurial - must be able to work with limited supervision
• Creative, critical and analytical thinker - able to co-design implementable projects with program teams.
• Resilient and persistent: Must be able to bounce back from donor rejection (e.g. to proposals) and, where the is funding potential, able to identify alternative avenues to secure support
• Charisma, able to articulate KickStart’ s mission and programs to inspire others through in-person meetings, phone and video conference
• Strong computer skills - Microsoft Office, Internet, fundraising database (i.e. eTapestry or Raiser’s Edge), and demonstrated competency working with and developing budgets using Excel
• Commitment to KickStart’ s mission, purpose and values, and to its methodology, history, culture, programs and constituencies
• Fluent in written and spoken English, French fluency a plus.

If you feel you are the right candidate to fill this position, please email your application to hr@kickstart.org by 21st August, 2015 quoting “Associate Director of Partnerships & Resource Mobilization” on the subject line of your e-mail application. All candidates MUST include both a cover letter and resume/CV to be considered for this position. Qualified women candidates encouraged to apply. Note: Please limit your CV/resume to 3 pages.

Young Professionals Board Members - NYC

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Join a group of passionate professionals on KickStart's Young Professionals Board. The Board will bring together individuals in the Greater New York City area who are committed to expanding KickStart's communications and fundraising efforts, and putting on events including a spring gala, ensuring that our programs on the ground thrive and families lift themselves out of poverty.

If interested, download and complete the application and submit it with your resume to Nia Chauvin at nia.chauvin@kickstart.org by August 7th.

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