Intern/Program Officer: Community Health | ReliefWeb

About the organization

SEED Madagascar is a UK charity working in partnership with communities in south-east Madagascar. We integrate high quality community health, sustainable livelihoods; educational infrastructure and conservation programs to support long-term sustainable change and add to international best practice through research and publication in all of our program areas. We are now looking for interns and entry level officers to work alongside national staff and expand our team.

Job Overview

Based in the coastal town of Fort Dauphin in southeastern Madagascar, this position will provide support to community health projects implemented by the NGO. The successful candidate will work as part of a combined national and international team to assist in the development of projects from initial planning stages to final evaluations. Key responsibilities include writing donor reports and proposals, providing additional support to the project team around project management, monitoring and evaluation. The role is primarily office based with some bush travel. The diversity of activities undertaken will provide a broad experience for an early career development professional who can effectively and efficiently manage a full range of tasks related to the complex world of overseas development.

Title: Program Intern for the first three months, change of title and responsibilities as Program Administrator subject to passing probationary exam

Location: Fort Dauphin, Madagascar

Probation period: three months

Contract: Volunteer for twelve months, with an allowance of Ar 600,000 per month for housing and a contribution to insurance.

Pertaining to: Senior Program Officer

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write project reports, at a high level of English, that clearly demonstrate the successes and challenges of community health projects, learning from the project and providing clear budget information
  • Compile funding proposals based on past assessments, team discussions and international best practices in an engaging and professional manner
  • Conduct internet searches and SEED funder database searches to find potential donors to fund projects
  • Play a lead role in collecting statistics and ensuring that all existing statistics related to projects are accurate
  • Work alongside the Communications and Media Officer to develop a communications plan for community health projects, writing regularly on Facebook, blog posts and website copy
  • Support the development of projects that meet local needs and align with SEED objectives taking into account research findings, local needs and constraints, government objectives and previous SEED experience
  • Conduct research on international best practices in community health programming and take the initiative to discuss them with the team.
  • Monitor and update project trackers based on project activities, ensuring the project is on track to meet project indicators and targets
  • Play an active role in project management meetings, leading them as appropriate
  • Actively participate in international team meetings and support other team members.
  • Work with national staff to increase their skills and capacity, providing mentorship or training as appropriate
  • Assist with basic data collection and analysis if needed and where there is a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) specialist in post Help them develop monitoring and reporting tools assessment and completing MEL reports for projects
  • Work alongside the Project Development Manager and Finance Manager in developing and managing project budgets
  • Maintain a database of projects and funders alongside the UK team in London
  • Be part of the team representing projects or SEED when required.
  • Liaise with the UK team in London ensuring clear communication at all times.
  • Ensure that all SEED policies and procedures are evident throughout the work of the department, including those relating to safeguarding, whistleblowing and anti-corruption, and undergo ongoing training to ensure that ‘they get promoted all the time
  • Perform other ad hoc duties as required by the Senior Community Health Program Officer, Chief of Community Health Programs or Director of Operations and Heads of Departments to advance the goals and work of the organization .

Person specification

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in or related to community health, general development or have transferable skills or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills. Previous experience writing grant applications is an asset.
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge and keen interest in community health and its interface with international development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the SEED philosophy and approach and be a good ambassador for SEED at all times.
  • Have passion, curiosity and drive for work and the ability to inspire others.
  • Have the ability and desire to work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers.
  • Have the ability and desire to build capacity and share skills across cultures and work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers.
  • Demonstrate a proven ability to recognize and appropriately handle difficult situations.
  • Demonstrate awareness and comfort with increased social and professional responsibility, working at all times with cultural sensitivity and respect.
  • Demonstrate the ability, social skills, and confidence to provide clear guidance and support to other team members regarding SEED philosophy and procedures in order to protect both their safety and the reputation of the team NGO.
  • Ability to work and uphold all SEED policies and procedures, protecting those SEED works with and reporting any concerns appropriately.
  • Be punctual and be able to work under tight deadlines in an organized manner and to high standards.
  • Have a flexible and patient attitude.
  • Have excellent problem solving skills.
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team.


The successful candidate will be able to support themselves for the duration of this position and will have their own laptop (non-tablet) and tent.

How to register

Application procedure

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter in English outlining how their skills and experience match the requirements of the job description criteria to SEED Madagascar’s Director of Programs and Operations, Lisa Bass, by email at lisa

Application deadline: June 30, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout this period until the position is filled. Candidates on the long list will have an initial informal Skype conversation with staff based in Madagascar. Shortlisted candidates will then be offered an interview with the London team, including Managing Director, Mark Jacobs.

SEED Madagascar actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and aims to create a work environment free from bullying, harassment, victimization and unlawful discrimination, where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognized and valued.

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