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Projects Intern - Southern Africa Chapter

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute

Sandton, South Africa
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

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Program Description:

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. ANDE is a global network of organizations that propels entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises almost 240 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. The ANDE team is headquartered in Washington, DC, but has eight regional offices that span Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

Basic Function:

Southern Africa chapter is looking for a Projects Intern, based in our Johannesburg office or remote.

The basic functions of the Projects Intern role encompass a diverse array of responsibilities centered around meticulous attention to detail and process orientation. This multifaceted role requires a keen ability to seamlessly navigate challenges, demonstrate resourcefulness, and maintain proactive engagement with a variety of ongoing projects. The Projects Intern is expected to operate collaboratively within chapter and global context, showcasing excellent interpersonal skills while working closely with diverse cultures. A core facet of the role revolves around efficient communication, excellent writing skills and proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite. The intern is further expected to possess adaptability, allowing for the seamless transition between diverse projects and tasks.

As an integral member of the team, the Projects Intern will contribute significantly to the creation of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern Africa, thereby fostering long-term sustainable economic growth.

This paid internship will be from November 2023 to April 2024. The pay is ZAR9,000 per month, with expectations of working hours being 40 hours (Monday to Friday).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Day to day work involves supporting ANDE’s local Chapter’s team with research, project implementation, administrative, communications (social media, chapter update and newsletter), database, and event projects.
  • Running event logistics (virtual and in-person) including setting up the event page, recommending appropriate venues, webinar support on zoom and Microsoft teams, marketing the event, sourcing and managing suppliers, registering attendees and updating campaigns.
  • Updating information in our local chapter database, communicating with members to confirm data, knowledge sharing of research reports to our members and supporting all staff with a variety of administrative needs.
  • Writing and proofreading blog posts, reviewing and compiling newsletters and chapter updates.
  • Assisting with social media posting on LinkedIn and Twitter.
  • Researching potential member opportunities, staying up to date on various topic areas of interest to ANDE members, i.e. gender equity, environmental action, job creation, etc

Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

  • An undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate wanting to learn about entrepreneurship in emerging markets
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and remotely
  • Adaptable – able to support multiple ongoing projects and pivot to new tasks quickly
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency
  • Experience managing databases (Salesforce experience preferable)
  • Graphic design and communication skills (preferable)

Application Instructions

This position is being recruited through the Aspen Institute and for its work. Candidates living outside the US (where the Aspen Institute is based) will be hired by the hosting entity in South Africa who will serve as the employer of record.

The position is only open to local applicants from the region. Applicants must have all necessary permissions to work in South Africa.

To access the application, please navigate to the online application portal. Please submit your covering letter and CV including your salary expectation before the end of day on Friday, November 24, 2023.