Bristol, City of Bristol

Voluntary

EAV2019

About the organisation

When communities come together. Temwa means ‘love, within a community,’ in the language of Tumbuka. We are Bristol based c... Read more

Job Description

Our goal at Temwa is to create memorable events that inspire communities to come together, to have fun and support remote communities in Malawi. From wrestling extravaganzas to non-stop Toto Africa, mesmerizing christmas parties to Art Auctions with a festival feel and Bristol Come Dancing, Temwa’s events stand out. You will play a key role in creating unforgettable experiences for audience members, suppliers and performers alike. You will have real responsibility and work with events industry experts whilst making a difference to people living in one of the poorest countries in the world. 

Location: Portland Square, central Bristol

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 13th August, 8pm. 

Interviews: w/c 19th August 

Start date: Early September 

Work pattern: we ask for a commitment of two days per week, for six months. Exact working days will be agreed between the intern and their line manager; we are flexible and work to accommodate existing commitments as much as possible. As an events focused role, there will be some evening and weekend work with appropriate time-off given back following the event. 

This is a voluntary internship, with reasonable travel and lunch expenses covered.

About Temwa

Temwa means love in Tumbuka. We love communities and we exist to end poverty in remote communities and work with local people so that they can build sustainable futures. Currently, we work in isolated villages in northern Malawi, itself the third poorest country in the world. The communities face huge challenges including poor water and sanitation, a lack of basic services (health and education) and limited access to markets; two in five people live on less than £1 a day.  We know that these challenges are linked and reinforce each other, so we run programmes with and through the community that will address the multiple and complex causes of poverty, not just the symptoms. We equip communities with the skills to transform their own futures, and in so doing we work ourselves out of a job in that area. 

Our Malawi team is based in Mzuzu, northern Malawi, from where we manage and run all our projects.  Our UK operations, focusing mostly on fundraising and communications, are based in central Bristol. We’re a small team, comprising six members of staff, alongside between two and four part-time interns all committed to making a difference. 

Internship Overview

We’re looking for a highly motivated and committed intern, with a passion for international development and transforming communities, to support us in delivering our wide range of unique and unforgettable  fundraising events.

This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working across both the charity and events sectors with leading festival producers, events programmers and a range of artists and musicians in Bristol and beyond.  As a key member of the team, you’ll have real responsibilities leading on particular areas and supporting the project management of events, big and small. Upcoming events you will assist with include Rock N Rumble 3, Temwa’s Christmas Party and Bristol Come Dancing 2. You will be able to apply your existing skills and experience to our organisational mission, whilst developing your skill set and enhancing your CV.

What you will do..

  • Formulating creative ideas for planned events and pitching new ideas for unique fundraising events.

  • Liaising with venues, artists, performers, sponsors and suppliers

  • Recruiting and managing volunteers to help at events

  • Working alongside the Fundraising Coordinator and Events Producer to coordinate logistics and manage events

  • Obtain donations for auction prizes from local businesses and Temwa contacts

  • Collating content for marketing and promotional purposes, including for the web, social media and PR

  • Working alongside the Deputy Fundraising Manager, and Communications Intern, to promote fundraising opportunities, particularly online and on social media

  • Maintaining accurate records and budgets

  • Coordinating the small team of volunteers who collect donations at The Plough Inn for Temwa every Friday night

  • Ensuring all new contacts are added to the organisational database, and existing ones are kept up-to-date

  • Supporting the rest of the team with ad-hoc tasks when necessary.

Who we are looking for...

Essential

  • Interest in international development, with a passion for and belief in Temwa’s objectives

  • Great interpersonal and teamwork skills, with the ability to work well with people at all levels

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Reliable, proactive and self-motivated attitude, with the ability to take the initiative and work independently when needed

  • Strong all-round ICT skills, with proficiency using MS Office and web-based applications

  • Experience of working on a range of events, either in a paid or voluntary capacity

  • Well-organised approach to work with excellent time management, with experience of working to tight deadlines

Desirable

  • Experience of organising or managing fundraising events

  • Experience of recruiting, managing and motivating teams of volunteers

  • Experience of working or volunteering with a charity or NGO

How to apply..

Please send a CV (2 pages maximum) and cover letter (1 page maximum), outlining why you’re interested in this role and how you meet the person specification above by 8pm on 13th August.