Policy Newsletter Contributor
African Education Network (AEN) defines itself as a cross-continental network to advocate multi-facet development in Africa via education. It has been registered as a non-profit organization with the Government of the District of Columbia in the United States since January 2017.
Many CBOs (community-based organizations, including NGOs operating at the community level) in Africa are rooted in the community and more closely connected with the local people and resources than other entities. However, these organizations oftentimes are not widely known as they function mainly at the community level, lacking attention and support from the international community. Their great work is not commensurate with the recognition they have received.
Witnessing the lack of effective communication between African CBOs and the global youth who are eager to engage themselves in Africa, in particular, AEN seizes the opportunity to bridge communication gaps via education. It engages CBOs in Africa and the young people around the world, facilitating the communication between the two sides to foster mutual trust and in-depth cooperation.
Believing that education is an essential means to achieve mutual understanding and improve the communication out of a kaleidoscope of social purposes, AEN is expected to deliver its work through a unique educational approach. This approach integrates three core components: intercultural communication, organizational learning, and newsletter distribution.
Description of the Position
The Policy Newsletter Contributor Intern works under direct supervision of the Policy Newsletter Manager. Their mission consists of:
- Doing research on topics related to international development and public policy for Africa and selecting policy analyses that reflect the latest policy trends;
- Profiling policy leaders and organizations, excerpting and synthesizing critical policy analyses, and proposing to the Policy Newsletter Manager the policy trends and projections based on evidence;
- Working on the writing and design of the newsletter;
- Promoting the newsletter to increase the number of subscribers;
- Enriching and maintaining AEN's database about the useful references for policy and African studies;
- Maintaining AEN's social media accounts and regularly posting policy-related announcements, analyses and news about Africa, interacting regularly with the accounts' audience when needed.
An availability of 7 hours per week is needed for this position. Successful candidates will start working from April 1st, 2017.
We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a bachelor's Degree in International Relations, Public Policy, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Psychology or a related field. Undergraduate students with demonstrated interests or work experience are encouraged to apply. Experience in the non-profit sector is highly appreciated. The ideal candidate will possess excellent writing and interpersonal skills, with strong commitment to AEN's values and mission.
Code & Conditions
An offer of assignment and a copy of the Conditions of Service and Code of Conduct will be issued to the successful candidate. He or she will receive training before the work officially starts. Please note this position is unpaid, as AEN is a non-profit organization and cannot offer financial retribution at this stage. Most of the work will be done online through the AEN's intranet, remote control system, and emails.