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Sustainable Markets & Livelihoods Intern

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

  • Organization: Pact World
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Environment
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-06

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At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

Pact Inc. is seeking an Intern to assist the Sustainable Markets & Livelihoods (SML) Team to conduct research and gather robust data, information, and capture lessons learned from past Pact livelihoods projects. These projects cover a range of practice areas and geographies—predominately in Africa and Asia. Project activities include but are not limited to advancing financial literary, village savings and loan groups, and establishing economic empowerment pathways for employment and entrepreneurship for Adolescent Girls & Young Women (AGYW). Pact has a long program history of increasing economic strengthening and empowerment for individuals and their families through increased access to necessary assets (social, economic, attitudinal, and educational) which result in reduced socioeconomic inequality and increased local development. This research will be used to inform US Missions about Pact’s livelihoods capabilities for future business and partnerships around the world.

This paid internship offers an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience with an international NGO and learn about economic strengthening and empowerment. The Intern will work closely with the Washington, D.C. Team remotely and will have the opportunity to interact with other Teams across Pact.

Key Responsibilities

Guided by the SML Senior Officer, the Livelihoods Intern will develop a document archive of past project reports. From that archive, the Intern will review reports and extract key statistics and data to demonstrate evidence of Pact’s significant impact. This evidence will be organized and summarized in Data Briefs that document Pact’s history of significant successful interventions resulting in economic empowerment through financial literacy, job creation, and increased income.

The Livelihoods Intern will report directly to the SML Senior Officer.

Basic Requirements

· Bachelor's Degree in relevant field preferred or equivalent.

· Excellent research, writing, editing and communication skills.

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office, email, and internet applications.

· Strong attention to detail and good organizational skills.

· Ability to follow through on multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.

· Eager to learn and help promote best practices in international development to help others improve their livelihoods and communities.

Preferred Qualifications

· Knowledge of work or internship experience with an international NGO preferred.

· Knowledge of household economic strengthening programs that reduce the economic vulnerability of families and empower them to provide for the essential needs for the children they care for, rather than relying on external assistance.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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