Volunteer and Fellowship Opportunities- March 4th, 2014!

Branding and Marketing Advisor at Truelift

Start Date: March 28th, 2014

Estimated Hours: Medium Term (101-500 hours)

Region: United States

Application Deadline:  March 14th, 2014

Description: If you are a brand and marketing guru, you may consider becoming a pro bono advisor to an organization that provides cutting edge learning and sharing of best practices to those living in poverty. You will help develop and implement a comprehensive organization-wide marketing plan that allows the organization to differentiate itself and create the strategic direction that will then guide the organization’s visual identity, key messages, and naming.  The volunteer consultant will be expected to present:
-  A clear set of marketing and communications goals that are in line with the organization’s overall strategy;
- Strategies and tactics that respect the organization’s budgetary limitations and internal capacity;
- Ability to maximize marketing resources by identifying the most effective channels to reach key audiences;
- Strategic understanding of when to utilize various marketing outlets like: social media, website, marketing collateral, and press.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://grameenfound.secure.force.com/apex/projectview?id=a0OA000000DYce9MAD

Fellow - Grameen Foundation 2014 Fellowships

Start Date: September 1st, 2014

Estimated Hours: Long Term (500+ hours)

Region: Varies

Application Deadline:  March 15th, 2014

Description: Bankers without Borders has created a proven and effective pipeline for matching organizational needs with the right volunteers – those that have the appropriate skills and qualifications to add value to the organization – and preparing both the volunteers and organizations to work together with limited resources in a targeted, meaningful way. In this way, Bankers without Borders is helping accelerate the work of the pro-poor social enterprises it works with – including Grameen Foundation – while also fostering the engagement of civil society in global poverty alleviation.

The Grameen Foundation Fellowship leverages the Bankers without Borders model to provide unique 12-month placement opportunities for talented business and technology professionals seeking in-depth, hands-on field experience in the social sector. All fellows receive monthly stipends, group orientation, and ongoing professional development training. While each fellowship placement is tailored to fit the specific needs of the team it serves, most placements will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Business Development and Strategy: Responsibilities may include developing and rolling out new strategy or testing and build product demand in new markets. Target candidates will have an MBA and at least five years of business or consulting work experience.
  • Thought Leadership, Marketing, and Outreach: Responsibilities may include supporting marketing efforts by creating collateral, organizing events, and increasing thought leadership engagements. Target candidates will have at least three years’ of relevant work experience.
  • Financial Analysis: Responsibilities may include increasing deal flow by leading transactions within their respective regions OR support financial operations of social enterprises, particularly via the financial modeling and investor outreach. Target candidates will have an MBA or Master’s degree in economics/finance with at least five years’ work experience (at least three years in financial sector).
  • Specialty Placements: Some teams will require very specific skills and expertise. For example, in 2013 the CKW team in Uganda needed a Lean Process Coaching Fellowship. More information about specialized fellowships will be shared once the roles are confirmed.

English fluency required for all fellows; Spanish fluency is required for all placements in Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://grameenfound.secure.force.com/apex/projectview?id=a0OA000000DYZZ8MAP

Data Analyst - Developing Member and Sector Level Data Analysis Strategy for Sa-Dhan

Start Date: April 15th, 2014

Estimated Hours: Short Term (100 hours or less)

Region: India

Application Deadline:  April 1st, 2014

Description: Sa-Dhan is the national association of microfinance providers in India that include MFIs (Microfinance Institutions), SHGs (Self Help Groups), Cooperatives, NGOs and others working in the area of Microfinance. Sa-Dhan’s mission is to "build the field of community development finance in India, to help its member and associate institutions to better serve low income households, particularly women, in both rural and urban India, in their quest for establishing stable livelihoods and improving their quality of life." Sa-Dhan is always looking to effectively use the vast micro and macro financial and operational data that it collects from its members and broadly from various sources in the sector. It aims to understand the growth and development of microfinance in India, including factors like outreach amongst the poor, geographical coverage, sustainability of institutions, risks, opportunities etc. This research and analysis will help the development of microfinance in the country in a way that makes the most impact on the poor.

However, there are a lot of challenges that Sa-Dhan faces in how to efficiently collect data from its members and other sources, then clean the data to make it ready for analysis, and most importantly, how does it most effectively analyse and present the information emerging from the analysis to achieve Sa-Dhan’s objectives i.e. to understand the development of microfinance in India and how policy makers and practitioners can maximise the spread of microfinance for poverty alleviation. The volunteers will work closely with the Standards team of Sa-Dhan, and will bring out an action plan in the form of a report and presentation for its internal use. This report will be 5-10 pages, and will act as a reference for Sa-Dhan team in their future efforts in various analysis that they will undertake.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://grameenfound.secure.force.com/apex/projectview?id=a0OA000000DYcbtMAD