Summer 2017 Program Management Intern
Founded in 2006, March to the Top Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization founded by Roy and Barbara March. Our mission is to serve critical needs of the people and lands of Africa through initiatives in health, education, and conservancy. By investing in these three interdependent areas, we are able to create sustainable networks of individuals and organizations committed to increasing economic mobility in local communities. Over the past ten years we have partnered with and provided an array of support to numerous organizations operating in East Africa.
We strive to create measureable impact through a hands-on, outcomes-oriented approach. By personally identifying and monitoring partner projects, March to the Top has maintained strict accountability of donor funds. Over the next five years, the foundation seeks to (a) increase individual donor and institutional funding (b) expand regional investments, and (c) ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of programs. To achieve these objectives, the organization will augment its ability to identify and evaluate potential projects; increase operational oversight; and deploy more robust communications and fundraising strategies.
In 2008, March to the Top co-founded the AINA-New Hope Children’s Village in Nchiru, Kenya. Composed of a children’s home, village and clinic, the center provides comprehensive care and resources to over 100 HIV/AIDS affected children and provides education to an additional 54 children from the local community. Since its establishment, the center has experienced exponential growth and with it, has faced organizational and managerial challenges. It is the goal of March to the Top to transition AINA- New Hope from an entrepreneurial mindset to one of sustainable growth and structured organization. We seek an intern to assist in this transition. Specifically, the intern will:
- Identify best practices and work with AINA-New Hope staff to implement programmatic changes
- Devise metrics for monitoring and evaluation of program efficacy
- Create systems that promote awareness of risks and opportunities; grant employees the tools necessary to mitigate risk and pursue opportunities
- Compose employee handbooks and other necessary organizational documents
The intern will have the opportunity to create a robust top-down organizational management system while granting employees the tools necessary to transform the center from the bottom up. Over the first month of the internship, the intern will work closely with AINA Board Members and March to the Top staff in Nchiru, Kenya to help identify best practices in this particular setting. The remaining two months of the internship will require the intern to remain in Nchiru to continue to deploy developed processes, procedures and evaluative mechanisms.
Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Education, Administration, International Development or similar field
- Minimum of one year professional work experience in a developing/emerging country, preferably in East Africa
- Demonstrated competency in program development and staff supervision.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with management, staff, board members, government offices and community members.
- Familiarity with a variety of monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
- Well-developed research skills; the ability to synthesize new and complex information.
- Ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, cultures.
- Fluent in English; knowledge of Kiswahili preferred.