ChildFund International is a non-sectarian and non-profit development organization working in 30 countries worldwide to improve the well-being of about 19.7 millions children and family members, regardless of race, creed, religion and gender. ChildFund Philippines, 1 of the 30 country offices, started its operation in 1971 after a United Nations report cited the country as having one of the highest malnutrition rates in Southeast Asia. In the past fiscal year, it has reached more than 300,000 children and family members in 21 poor provinces all over the country. ChildFund Philippines works with community partner organizations to make a difference in children’s lives implementing programs in the areas of education, health, child protection, livelihoods and fostering an environment where there is a broad constituency that supports the well-being, rights and sense of citizenship of children, youth and their families.
ChildFund Philippines has developed its five-year Country Strategy covering 2013 up to 2017. During this period, the organization will re-focus and shift its geographic placement across the nation, deepen and sharpen its technical capacities and structures at the National and Field Offices, forge new partnering relationships and leverage resources as it strive to offer excellence in our current and future programs by addressing child poverty in the poorest provinces of the country.
It is likewise clear that ChildFund will further diversify its funding source and increase its grants portfolio by developing its capacity and capability to acquire grants from various institutional or private donors. In support of this, the communications work will be intensified to promote the work of ChildFund, build its profile, enhance its visibility and brand recognition among targeted stakeholders, specifically the institutional and private donors.
ChildFund will also strive to gain comprehensive understanding of the complex nature of relationships, history and ground-level realities in areas where programming operations will expand.
Purpose and objectives of the internship
The successful intern will be selected based on the qualification requirements described under the same name heading below and the intern’s learning objectives – whether or not ChildFund can help facilitate its achievement.
The intern in this position is expected to expand their development perspective by gaining practical insights, experience-based knowledge and in-depth understanding of the workplace dynamics within an international child development organization, the general NGO community operating in a developing country, and the local and international issues on poverty as they are experienced by children. It will likewise provide an opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural work environment. Specifically, the internship engagement will:
- Support and enhance the intern’s educational experience through actual work involvement and participation with the different projects and program activities of ChildFund Philippines;
- Provide the successful intern with a learning environment where application of classroom knowledge can be applied in a real-world setting with actual work-output implications; and
- Expose the intern to the working environment of a development organization to further enhance targeted competencies and through peer feedback, mentoring and coaching support.
Most importantly, the intern will significantly contribute to the achievement of the ChildFund Philippines’ goals and objectives by strengthening its capacity on communications, brand visibility, documentation and learning management. This will benefit more than 300,000 children and family members throughout the country.
Scope of work, function, output expectation and workplace coordination
- Assist with creating targeted collaterals on a variety of ChildFund-related themes, to be distributed to potential donors and partners. For example: briefs on specific sectors like ECD, child protection, education, DRR, specific projects like AWE/READ, ENRICH-ICT, and Gender.
- Identify story ideas, and drafting of news articles / feature stories, to be pitched to interested media outlets to build the ChildFund Philippines brand.
- Work with field offices in developing life stage program success stories that can be shared internally and externally.
- Assist with identification and review of suitable grant opportunities through web search, and proposal writing in line with donor requirements.
- Assist with content for quarterly regional gender newsletter and activities of NO gender core group.
- Assistance with creating graphic content for presentations or project briefs using Photoshop and /or Indesign.
- Support field offices in documentation of promising practices.
- Support field offices in development of IEC materials e.g. videos, brochures, leaflets, tarpaulins, etc.
- Required Skills
The ideal candidate should have development communications experience, public relations work, or advocacy; strong interest and inclination on early childhood development, child protection, or youth programming; and excellent technical writing skills with demonstrated experience in building a strong network of supporters.
Other relevant information
The final candidates will undergo a selection process and standard background screening checks in compliance with various governance policies such as child protection and others.
A work plan will be developed outlining in detail the specific work deliverables, timelines, and performance expectations during the first week of the engagement.
The selected intern will work closely with the Program Director and other concerned staff members. The National Director, on the other hand, will have overall responsibility and oversight over the work and performance of the intern.
Duration of internship engagement
The internship engagement is for a period of 6 months.
The intern shall cover the costs of: travel to Manila and back to place of origin, visa application fees to Manila, travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and any other costs related to the internship that are not covered by ChildFund.
ChildFund Philippines will shoulder (1) a single room accommodation at a basic minimum standard for the duration of stay in the Philippines; (2) monthly stipend intended to assist the student to defray costs for meals and incidentals (intern will be responsible for declaring and meeting any home country tax implications relating to this payment); and (3) all costs related to the performance of the internship work that include, but not limited to: transportation, accommodation and per-diem during business travel, as applicable, to program/project areas based on pre-approved travel plan, and visa renewal in the country.