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Internship

Internships are challenging opportunities for aspiring international development practitioners. The internship programme of RAF has its genesis in the belief that INGOs have a progressive role to play towards creating a new brigade of competent international development professionals with deep exposure to field realities. It also aids RAF’s overall approach to shared learning and intellectual growth. RAF has been successfully running an internship programme for aspiring professionals from Asia and Africa in its various country offices, since 2015. In the last five years, students from a wide range of international universities have endeavoured to apply their passion and knowledge in diverse field settings, in support of our mission and further derive new learning insights.

The students come with an open mindset and a demanding ToR, and are encouraged to undertake a wide range of participatory research studies as well as field action, as a part of their academic requirement. In the process, the interns generate the embodiment of new knowledge, skills and insight, which they go on to employ in course of their advanced studies and professional work in future.

Being an RAF intern combines a wide array of benefits and meaningful work that can help millions of people around Asia and Africa. Engaging with RAF as an intern means working in a rich multicultural and enabling environment under the guidance of highly competent subject matter specialists drawn from across the world. Such opportunities also provide aspiring professionals to construct their own influential network and further receive high order counselling and guidance for their own professional growth and excellence.

Why RAF?
  • Deep development engagement spread across Asia and Africa
  • Wide range of international development projects to learn from
  • The expert guidance of subject matter specialists with global expertise
  • Build competencies for international development jobs
  • Bridge gaps between classroom teaching and practical field-based learning
  • Develop an influential network with a wide range of international development experts
Who can apply?

RAF seeks candidates interested to work in a highly diversified, multicultural and enabling environment conducive to the development of new knowledge, experience and skills set. The RAF internship application process is a great opportunity for those interested in building a professional career in international development. The RAF internship programme is highly competitive and purely based on merit. The number of interns recruited depends on the specific country office requirements and their resource availability.

Internships are open to postgraduate and doctoral students, who are interested in working with the community on issues related to community development, livelihood, education, health, social security, governance, civil society, etc.

How to apply?

Interested candidates can write to us at getinvolved@rafglobal.org

Before you send us the application, take the time to go through our website and learn about RAF’s international work, methodology and approach to working. It is also important for you to read the ethical foundation of RAF. This will enable you to align your focus, interests, and expectations better with RAF’s work. International interns are advised to read about travel to and life in the countries, including any advisories issued by their own governments and visa formalities before applying for an internship.

The internship requires an extended period of stay in field locations depending upon the subject/theme of the internship. These locations are often remote and interns should be prepared to stay in places with bare minimal facilities. We would also recommend interns to familiarize themselves with the basic pleasantries and the customs of the respective countries to which they are opting for their internship. This would make the learning experience more enriching and rewarding too.

RAF provides a conducive and safe environment for learning and working. The organisation is fully committed to preventing sexual harassment at the workplace and ensures that all employees, interns, volunteers, and visitors are provided with a safe and hygienic workplace free from any discrimination and harassment.

Volunteer for RAF

Do you believe that an equitable world, with better quality of life for the most marginalized communities is possible, but don’t know how to act?

What if there is an interesting and exciting way, whereby you use your time, talent and passion beyond geographies and beliefs to make a change in the lives of vulnerable and the excluded, around the world. With your skills and our experience, we will make a difference in the lives of the people standing last in the queue.

At RAF, we greatly recognize the value of volunteers. Not only have volunteers helped us in increasing the reach out and organisational efficiency, but also benefited the community at large. From marshalling to cheering, collecting donations to organising events, project management to institutional development, we always need extra pairs of hands to run our events, projects and institution in order to deliver the intended results. When volunteers have positive experiences with their volunteer work, they often become life-long champions for the issues and the communities, with which they have worked, expanding the process of pro-poor and inclusive development.

RAF provides engaging, meaningful and rewarding volunteering opportunities across Asia and Africa. RAF engages volunteers from different backgrounds with a diverse range of skills and experience in various aspects of programme management and organisational development. Volunteering placements are offered in the field of health, education, livelihoods, civil society and governance in both in-field as well as virtual formats. Besides these, volunteers are engaged in a wide range of events and campaigns organized by the country units, spread around Asia and Africa. Depending upon skills and competency, the volunteer opportunities are also extended to the various spheres of project management, including database management, technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, systems development, etc.

Come and volunteer with us.

As an RAF volunteer, you will make a highly influential network and acquire a new range of skills, experience and further gain recognition for your efforts, while helping us to drive our mission. RAF volunteers work closely with its staff and as per the guidance and supervision of their respective country supervisor, under the overall leadership of the International Volunteer Coordinator.

If you have time to give and a strong commitment to bring about a lasting change, get in touch with RAF to find out more about how to become an RAF volunteer.

Current volunteering opportunities

Anyone who wishes to volunteer (mostly unpaid) for RAF, in their free time, aligned with your preferred professional priorities, kindly register your general interest by writing at getinvolved@rafglobal.org

Work with RAF

We are always on the lookout for talented and passionate professionals with a strong subscription to our mandate and values, to join us in making a difference in the lives of the most marginalized communities in Asia and Africa. We create an enabling work culture and conditions for staff to do the most telling/meaningful work of their lives. This is a place where you get to bring your knowledge, experience, and passion and make full use of it to transform the living conditions of people who stay at the bottom of the pyramid. Inquisitiveness, kindness, collaboration, optimism, courage, creativity, transparency, and challenging stereotypes in development— these are some of the qualities that define our work culture. As an RAF employee, you get to work with a dedicated and highly capable team of professionals networked together in 7 countries across Asia and Africa, along with the RAF Global secretariat. You will be part of an exciting team, where dedicated, inspiring, and driven professionals come together, each bringing something to the field to create a friendly and fulfilling environment to professionally thrive, contribute and learn.

RAF is an equal opportunities employer. RAF is deeply committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. We seek team members with different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and perspectives. We especially encourage women and differently-abled persons to apply.

RAF does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse or any kind of harassment including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Why RAF?
  • Global presence: A wide network of RAF agencies is working in tandem across Asia and Africa with a plethora of international development projects. RAF promotes a rich culture and practice of shared learning and inter-country transfer and promotion.
  • Competitive salary and other benefits: RAF employee salaries and benefits are benchmarked against the national and international development sector and turns out to be one of the best in the non-profit industries.
  • Special incentive and bonus: RAF recognizes and rewards exceptional performances with lucrative bonus as well as out of the turn promotion. Such high performing staff are routinely identified through an annual 360 Degree participatory performance appraisal.
  • Flexi work arrangement: RAF Global adopts flexi hours working arrangement and even allows work from home up to a certain percentage of working hours.
  • Leave entitlement: A very healthy leave entitlement policy benchmarked against the best in the not for profit industry. The leave policy also adheres to the national holiday policy of respective countries.
  • Learning and development: RAF is committed to developing and enhancing people across the organization. Financial support and/or study leave may be offered to individuals who are studying for professional qualifications.
  • Employee Counselling Programme (ECP): The ECP is a free, confidential service that offers expert advice, information, and counselling for all employees on a wide range of issues such as buying a new home, work stress management, smart investment, career counselling, and much more. The service is available during weekdays both over the telephone and online.
  • Transparent and thriving work culture: RAF provides the opportunity to work with the best in the not-for-profit industry. The international operations of the organization are guided by one of the most distinguished global boards, with members drawn from different geographies and sectors of the international development industry. The global board and the executives of the organization are working in tandem to create a culture of trust, mutual respect, adaptability, accountability, seamless communication, shared leadership, a result-oriented mindset, and so on. Employees are self-motivated to bring the best outcome to every project.

If you are driven by the desire to make a real difference and believe in people’s ability to create their own futures, we invite you to explore the limited opportunities we have to make an impact.

Current vacancies with RAF Global are listed below. Please click on the advertised position for information and details of how to apply.

This is an ongoing advertisement and we will review CVs as and when received. Kindly email your application (updated CV along with the covering letter citing the position applied for) to hr@rafglobal.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Unsolicited emails for jobs will not be entertained.

Chief Operating Officer

RAF, Democratic Republic of Congo

The position

RAF, DRC is currently seeking to recruit a Chief Operating Officer for RAF, DRC, which operates a multi-sector programme portfolio in five communes of the capital city of Kinshasa. The COO will be responsible for providing overall intellectual leadership and guidance, including day to day focus and improvement of the programme portfolio of RAF in DRC.

To be a successful candidate, you will have to be a visionary and dynamic team leader. You will demonstrate entrepreneurial instinct and have extensive knowledge of contemporary developments in the international development arena. You will have strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as cultural awareness and sensitivity. Highly qualified in programme designing and management, you will have substantial senior leadership experience, preferably within INGOs.

Policy and Strategy

  • Champion and provide leadership in effectively implementing as well as growing the programme portfolio in a post-pandemic set up under the guidance of the global team and Board of Directors of RAF, DRC.
  • Create a five-year detailed operating plan with key milestones linked to the strategy, the impact of the pandemic (or other such crises) and annual operating budgets.

Management

  • Promote an organisational culture and ethos that reflects the values of RAF and fosters effective performance, high motivation and positive outcomes for the primary stakeholders, especially communities connected with RAF, DRC’s programmes.
  • Ensure that RAF DRC’s operations are managed in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee the design, delivery and quality of RAF DRC’s programmes and services.
  • Lead the country office in the delivery of operational goals; Finalize annual work plan in line with budget availability; and oversee the implementation including providing direction, support and technical guidance.
  • Ensure that the Programmes deliver the intended results by developing as well as maintaining an active result-based framework.

Strategic partnership and resource mobilization

  • Lead the development of resource mobilization strategies and manage the implementation of resource mobilization strategies, plans and efforts.
  • Finalize donor reports and negotiate and/approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Establishing reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis. Establish and maintain an active relationship with individual, corporate and bilateral donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation, and alliances for programme development, implementation and resource mobilization.

HR Management

  • Facilitate the recruitment and retention of the highest quality staff throughout RAF DRC, ensuring that the organisation evaluates staff performance on a regular basis and provides professional development aligned to the organisation and individual staff members’ development goals.
  • Ensure that sound policies, processes and documentation are created and maintained with the aim of creating a positive working environment for all RAF DRC’s staff, career pathways within the organisation and in line with relevant employment legislation.

Financial Management

  • In collaboration with the Manager, finance, direct the development of RAF DRC’s annual budgets based on compliant, sound and informed knowledge, in line with agreed strategic and operating plans, solid performance data and market intelligence, including the impact of the pandemic.

Relationships

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson and representative for RAF DRC. Ensure that RAF DRC’s mission, programmes and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent RAF, DRC in inter-governmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue and forums and present policy papers on issues of common interest.
  • Foster strong key stakeholder relationships, especially with the relevant Government ministries, local administration, and the wider community in collaboration with RAF Global.

Knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promote critical thinking and implementation of innovations and best practices in the country programme portfolio.
  • Promoting learning and development by providing opportunities by training and capacity building to enhance the competencies/productivity of programme personnel.
  • Provide intellectual and technical insight in identifying tools, developing methodologies and producing knowledge management products linked to programme portfolio.
The requirements

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA FOR THE ROLE:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development-related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields is required.
  • At least 10 years of progressive and substantial senior leadership experience at a strategic level, along with significant experience leading an INGO with a multi-sector programme portfolio.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the international programme management, development cooperation, and donor landscape.
  • Demonstrable experience and success in managing operations, financial and human resources.
  • Experience in change leadership and management, including experience in leading a team.
  • Demonstrable experience of cultural awareness, understanding and sensitivity.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Working knowledge of any national language of DRC will be an asset.

In addition, the ideal candidate will be/have:

  • Passionate about delivering high-quality development services to the most marginalized communities.
  • Advocate for diversity, pluralism and the unique place and contribution every individual makes to the community.
  • An individual who demonstrates a real sense of professionalism, commitment and integrity.
  • High-level networking and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to develop relationships, build trust and command respect.
  • Positive and adaptable to changing circumstances and open to new ideas.
  • Enthusiastic and reliable with personal impact and presence.
  • Inquisitive and able to think creatively, solve problems and make decisions based on sound judgment, drawing on expertise from others.

About DR Congo office

RAF, DRC has been legally incorporated under applicable NGO laws, in the year 2017. RAF, DRC is currently operational in five communes of the capital city of Kinshasa and providing development services to a population of over 400,000. Since its inception, RAF, DRC has implemented a wide array of long-term and comprehensive projects across the sector of livelihood, public health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education along with expanding the scale and scope of good governance.

Corporate Partnership

Collaboration is the cornerstone of our approach and everything that we aspire for. We are amply clear that the magnitude and complexity of the economic and social transformation of the have-nots are so gigantic that INGOs alone will not be able to manage the transformation. We are going to need robust, win-win partnerships with the private sector, and even corporate philanthropic foundations that bring together resources, knowledge, technology, and expertise so that we can strike a common ground and achieve greater scale and impact by overcoming challenges.

The poor and marginalized communities interface with the market and companies in various forms and manifestations, on a daily basis. RAF believes that partnership between INGOs and the private sector companies will co-create opportunities for the poor and marginalized sections of the society to have better access to goods, services, and livelihoods on fair and amicable terms. There is a direct motivation for businesses to get actively engaged with the communities. It not only makes business more inclusive but also creates effective means and channels to give back to society for creating a fair and equitable world that delivers high economic growth on a sustained basis. Investment in the individual and collective well-being of poor and marginalized communities also makes their business model more socially responsive and works in the best interest of nation-building.

At RAF, we recognize the incredible power and scope of partnership with the private sector. By converging our mutual expertise, resources, passion, and focus through meaningful and futuristic partnership, we can bring lasting change in the quality of lives of poor and marginalized communities. We are very keen to establish an extensive, strategic, and long-term partnership with the private sector companies.

When you partner with RAF, our global team with deep international exposure and experience will work with you to design tailor-made programmes and partnerships aligned with our mutual needs and mandate. You will gain a unique insight into our quality of life-centred approach and witness the long-term impact of your support as it transforms the lives of the poor.

Kindly contact our Corporate Partnership team at partnerships@rafglobal.org

Why partner with us?

Value for money

We put what it takes to ensure that we achieve the best possible development outcomes over the life of an activity relative to the total cost of managing and resourcing that activity and ensuring resources are used judiciously, economically, and without waste. Through a wide array of measures, we ensure that that aid is managed effectively, delivers the intended results and that those in charge of aid are constantly seeking to make it work even better than before.

Accountable

We lay great emphasis on accountability by putting state-of-the-art systems, technology, and safeguards at par with the best in the international not-for-profit industry. Accountability is a triple responsibility for us. We make ourselves accountable to our donors, statutory systems, and the communities we work with. Transparency, good governance, reporting, and safeguarding are integral to our partnerships.

Robust

Our corporate partnership team comes with deep knowledge, exposure, and experience of international development in Asia and Africa. We are driven by passion and a genuine desire to create meaningful partnerships with sustainable impact and change.

Procurement

RAF encourages women and youth owned enterprises in RAF intervention countries and shall give them due consideration in procurement of high quality bulk office use items at affordable costs. It is telling that only 20% of firms in the poorest countries are female owned. RAF will nurture such small and medium sized enterprises. RAF will also go the extra mile to support women’s cooperatives and producer companies engaged in production of items that are relevant to an implementing organisation like RAF. This is in line with RAF’s belief in promoting economic integration of women and youth in the economy.

To explore further, write to procurement@rafglobal.org

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