Communications & Sponsorship Fellow - Cocoa360

Who We Are

At Cocoa360, we are pioneering a new model of development that leverages existing community resources to improve access to education and healthcare for Ghana’s over 1.6 million cocoa farmers, without a long-term reliance on foreign aid. Cocoa is a key driver of Ghana’s growing economy, with cocoa revenues totaling nearly $2 billion annually, yet the vast majority of cocoa farmers remain trapped in a cycle of generational poverty.

Our “Farm-for-Impact” model is breaking that cycle by putting Ghana’s cocoa farmers in the driver’s seat of development. Our model is simple, yet impactful; we partner with rural communities to invest community-generated revenue in key educational and healthcare improvements.

The Opportunity 

The Communication & Sponsorship Fellowship position is ideal for a high-achieving recent college graduate with an interest in communications and international development, who excels at storytelling, is organized, and is excited about being part of the core team at a growing nonprofit. This position is located on our campus in Tarkwa Breman, Ghana, which is home to our girls’ school, community farm, and community clinic.

The Communication & Sponsorship Fellow provides a crucial link between the initiatives and program activities happening in Ghana and the organization’s donors and supporters around the world. S/he, in collaboration with Heads of Departments, gathers qualitative content from the field in the form of photos and interviews with students, staff, and implementing partners. The Fellow then transforms this content for use across a wide variety of platforms including social media, monthly newsletters, videos, the website, and other external publications to support communications efforts. S/he must value authenticity, dignity, and urgency and should excel at telling stories that are both compelling and empowering.  

In addition to supporting organization-wide marketing and communication efforts, the Communication & Sponsorship Fellow will serve as the point of contact person for Tarkwa Breman Girls’ School Sponsorship Program, and will assist the Development Associate in managing and marketing the program. S/he will be responsible for maintaining and ensuring the smooth operations of the program and will manage new and existing student portfolios, updating pictures and bios as needed, and will be the lead in letter writing and mailing efforts.

Role and Responsibilities

-Curate visual, written, and online content that communicates organization wide activities and mission;

-Engage donors/followers through platforms including social media and monthly newsletters, helping to grow a strong and sustainable supporters’ network;

-Use analytics tools to measure the performance of social, email, and content marketing, and report meaningful insights to the marketing team to fuel future content strategy;

-Supports and helps execute all annual appeals including direct mail and digital campaigns;

-Serve as the point person in Tarkwa Breman for the Sponsorship Program, managing communications between sponsors and the school and ensuring its smooth functioning;

-Contribute to overall Communications Strategy by supporting the In-Country Development Manager and Development Associate.

Competencies 

The ideal candidate can respond to and incorporate feedback, balance multiple projects at the same time, and manage a complex calendar of tasks. S/he should also be flexible in their work style, able to adapt to working in a rural location with a close-knit team, and enjoys spending time with children. As the lead team member designing and implementing communications efforts, the Communication and Sponsorship Fellow should be able to think creatively about engaging new audiences around Cocoa360’s work. S/he is a social media whiz and has preferably built own following or that of a nonprofit organization in the past. 

Required Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, Communications, Marketing or a related field is required. Prior experience working in international development, with nonprofits, or living in rural environments is preferred. 

Benefits

-Accommodation for one year includes housing, electricity, and water

-Professional development and mentorship from Cocoa360 Staff

-Structured learning and development opportunities

-Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced Cocoa360 staff member

-Highly collaborative and innovative teams

-Network with professional advocates in the non-profit sphere

-On-the-job training for a variety of skills

How to Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to [email protected] with subject line: “Communication & Sponsorship Fellow”

Dates: May/June 2019; as soon as possible preferred

Hours: Full-time

Details: Unpaid

Location: Tarkwa Breman, Ghana   

Organization
Cocoa360
Type
Fellowship
Job Posting Expires On
03/15/2019