Field Communications Fellow


LOCATION

Piedra Blanca, Dominican Republic

Grande Colline, Haiti

Chang Mai, Thailand

**Fellow will live close to and work out of our main office while commuting to communities with field staff. One position is available in each country. If you have a country preference, please indicate on your application.

APPLICATION DUE DATE

April 1

START DATE

July 2017

POSITION SUMMARY

The field communications fellow will serve as a liaison between our field staff, community partners, and US fundraising and marketing team. Fellows will gain practical experience by working closely with field staff, interviewing and gathering stories and testimonies from partnering farmers and community leaders, and bridging the gap between our US supporters and the field. Fellows expand our impact by building key relationships and transferring critical knowledge to our field staff and network of support through communications and storytelling, building local fundraising capacity, and program facilitation.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Communications and Storytelling

  • Increase Plant With Purpose’s consistency and capacity for storytelling by interviewing and capturing stories of hope and empowerment of partnering farmers and communities
  • Write compelling stories for a variety of mediums – grants, donor communication materials, social media, website, and blog content
  • Capture high quality photos and videos of partnering farmers, families, communities, VSLA groups, and landscapes to be used for US communication materials
  • Collaborate with national staff to travel to communities and agree upon consistency in communications and branding of Plant With Purpose
  • Communicate with US staff on communications needs and upload content to SalesForce story database and Flickr in a timely manner
  • Strengthen the capacity of field staff to manage website and social media content

Fundraising

  • Help identify local fundraising opportunities and collaborate with field staff to draft proposals and reports
  • Develop fundraising and marketing tools to help field staff, such as market segmentation and analysis, database of local granting organizations, publicity and profile opportunities

Program Facilitation

  • Aid in coordination and logistical planning of vision trips for US supporters to witness the program success and interact with participants
  • Work with field staff in detailed planning, hosting, and program highlights
  • Communicate expectations of visitors to field staff and vice versa
  • Serve as a translator for field staff and partnering farmers and facilitate questions and understanding of program for visitors

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong cross-cultural skills, with the ability to adapt to the local culture
  • High degree of flexibility, self-motivation, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to adapt to new cultures and be flexible in new, challenging environments
  • Creativity and ability to work with limited resources
  • Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization of competing demands and multiple deadlines
  • Dedication to completing the full 10-12 month assignment overseas
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability and commitment to fund the experience
  • Desire and passion to work for a faith-based organization
  • Respectful attitude with community members and field staff in the local culture
  • Ability to contribute and uphold the public image of Plant With Purpose in the local country

Preferred

  • Experience living, working, or traveling in a developing country or cross-cultural setting

Education

  • BA or MA in communications, writing, international development or related field

Language

  • Fluent in English and willingness to teach English to field staff
  • Preferred: communication ability in Spanish (DR) or French/Creole (HT)
  • If language skills are not present, then a strong willingness to learn the local language

QUALITIES DESIRED

  • Willingness to serve
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Humility
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Good listener
  • Tenacity in difficult situations

CULTURAL FIT COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrate a sincere interest in the holistic mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
  • Possess a love for the poor, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or culture; and a burden to connect them with God’s love and the compassion of supporters in the United States
  • Ability to be a genuine team player and work in collaboration with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Embody a commitment to the organizational values of Plant With Purpose: faith, collaboration, stewardship, sustainability, empowerment, and innovation

COMPENSATION

This fellowship is unpaid, however Plant With Purpose will offer a housing reimbursement for the 10-12 month duration in each country.