TechnoServe is a nonprofit international development organization founded in 1968. TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
With support from the ExxonMobil Foundation in several countries in Africa (Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique), Business Women Connect (BWC) was born out of research showing that accessible micro-savings products are one of the most impactful tools for women entrepreneurs. The BWC 2017 pilot in Mozambique, which trained a variety of Mozambican businesswomen in financial literacy and business skills, indicated significant potential and need for expansion, given the ongoing development of mobile savings. However, it also highlighted a need to support the supply side of effective, accessible savings products while helping women to understand and access these products. The pilot found that the product line "LetsGo" offered by Letshego Bank, which provides an accessible formal financial service suite with 10% interest, is particularly compelling for women due to low documentation requirements, better security and high accessibility.
Under Phase II and III of BWC (in 2018 and 2019 respectively), TechnoServe has been increasing women's economic opportunity by promoting the effective use of formal savings products, business skills and financial literacy among women Letshego banking agents as well as women customers. TechnoServe has been engaging women entrepreneurs to help them improve their own businesses as well as become effective service providers and ambassadors of formal savings to thousands of other women in Mozambique. To date, the program has trained over 400 women. Phase IV in 2020 will expand the current reach of the project, as well as develop new partnerships. For more information, please see:
TechnoServe Intern's Role
The primary role of this internship is to support the BWC team remotely to develop communications materials for the BWC program, with the objective of sharing successes, lessons learned and best practices. The intern will lead the process from start to finish, which will include mapping out a communications strategy, collecting of all written and visual materials and creating any relevant deliverables. This work will include collaborating with the Mozambique BWC team for ideas and content and assisting them in developing this content where necessary. The intern will ensure that the Mozambique BWC team are trained on how to maintain the various elements of the communications strategy so they can take responsibility for its maintenance once the internship has finished.
Areas of support/ responsibility for the communications intern will include:
Skills & Requirements
As this is a pro bono internship, TechnoServe will not provide fees for the services completed. However, TechnoServe will cover travel-related costs related to project expenses in country including domestic airfare and in-country transportation.
Please note, while we are continuing to source for this internship, filling the position is pending re-opening of our Arlington, VA Headquarters.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)