Internship | Programs & Communication/Fundrasing Support

Intern Programs & Communication/Fundrasing Support

Description: Intern Programs & Communication/Fundrasing Support
Location: Rome
Type of contract: Internship 6 months (renewable) – 30 hours p/week
Supervisor: Program Officer for Africa and the Middle East
Salary (RAL): Internship allowance – Lazio Region
Application deadline: 30th April 2022
Expected starting date: May 2022


The Good Shepherd International Foundation ONLUS (GSIF) is an Italian not-for-profit organization based and registered in Rome, created in 2008 by the Good Shepherd sisters to support their missions in Asia. Africa, Middle-East, and Latin America. GSIF works with the GS sisters and its partners in different countries by supporting the management of their projects. GSIF works to create and oversee initiatives that: eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development driven by women and that is respectful of human dignity and the environment; provide services to protect and empower human rights of women and children who suffer because of violence and poverty and erase the shame of human trafficking.

Our work is underpinned by our Values:

  • Person-centered approach to development
  • Participation
  • Inclusion
  • Trust and respect
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Transparency and accountability


Under the overall supervision of the Program Officer for Africa and Middle East, the Intern will contribute to maximize mission effectiveness and social impact of GSIF by supporting the Programs and Fundraising/Communication desks in the achievement of their objectives through her/his work in the following areas of activity:

A. Support the Program Officer for the correct performance of the various phases of the GSIF Program Management Cycle in compliance with donors and GSIF processes and procedures, meaning support in:

  • Update of the information management system throughout the projects phases;
  • Preparation of Projects’ Proposals according to donors’ requirements (research of guidelines and formats; research of information to draft the projects’ proposals; support in the draft of the narrative and budget in compliance with donors’ requirements; support in collection of additional documents as needed)
  • Preparation of contracts / agreements at different levels, for signature (Project Agreement, MOU);
  • Preparation of requests for disbursement of funds;
  • Preparation of projects’ narrative intermediate and final reports in line with the requirements of the donors
  • Check of monthly/quarterly/annual financial report, in line with the requirements of the donors and of GSIF
  • Monthly revision of the various countries’ Strategic Financial Plans (check of expenses, receipts, vouchers etc.) and in the archiving procedures.

B. Support the Program Officer and the Communication and Fundraising Manager in the pursuit of increased and diversified income, by:

  • mapping of current/prospect institutional donors, collecting relevant information with regard to eligibility criteria, rules and guidelines for funding, countries of interest, application templates etc…;
  • mapping of current/prospect major private and corporate donors, collecting relevant information with regard to eligibility criteria, rules and guidelines for funding, countries of interest, application templates etc…; Special attention must be given to the potential corporate donors’ compliance to the GSIF Ethical Principles and Rules for Corporate Fundraising;
  • Actively contacting donors via email/phone calls to establish new/strengthen in place relationships, as needed.

B. Support the Communication and Fundraising Desk in the development and preparation of effective communication content to promote programs and projects, in particular for individual fundraising purposes, by:

  • Constant collection and provision of projects’ updated information, data, stories, testimonies and photographic / video material, through the projects’ development, as needed;
  • Research, drafting, editing and preparation of contents for communication material such as country fact sheet, beneficiaries’ success stories, short reports/update on activities carried out in the programs/countries, articles, presentation on GSIF areas of interventions, communications with individual donors;
  • Supporting the desk team in content update of GSIF websites to contribute to ensure publishing new and consistent information on programs and projects (articles, stories, news, updates, interview with projects’ staff and participants, etc.);
  • Assistance with social media content management.

Required qualifications

  • Knowledge of the international development and humanitarian aid sector;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Political and Social Sciences or a related field;
  • Familiarity with Project Cycle Management;
  • Solid Computer literacy in Word, Excel and PowerPoint, email, and Internet browser software;
  • Strong English skills (spoken and written) and another language between French and Portuguese;
  • IT skills to manage office and remote teams (MS office, videoconferencing).
  • Good knowledge of social media

Strong assets:

  • A combined knowledge of both Portuguese and French;
  • Academic training or specialized coursework in Project Cycle Management;
  • Previous experience with faith-based organizations;

Skills and attitudes required

  • Commitment to the organization mission and vision and full adherence to GSIF values;
  • Strong commitment to social justice and human rights;
  • Ability to self-organize the work, accuracy and attention to details;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with colleagues and partners;
  • Proactive and self-empowerment approach to work;
  • Ability to empathize with team members, partners and other stakeholders.

GSIF recognizes that it has the responsibility to respect and promote gender equality and the safety and protection of all children. GSIF has a ZERO-tolerance policy regarding child abuse. GSIF reserves the right of conducting a background check of the potential candidates. All staff and consultants associated with GSIF should sign and agree to the statement of commitment and the code of conduct after the sign off and the signed forms need to be kept in every-one’s files. Failure to sign the Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct will result in the candidate not being appointed to the role.

Interested applicants, please send a CV and a letter of motivation of maximum 500 words to justify your application to by the 30th of April 2022. The internship does not necessarily imply the inclusion in the workforce. GSIF reserves the right to close the vacancy before the closing date for applications, once identified the more suitable candidate. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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