Overseas Expansion Research Intern
TEACH - Time to Empower Africa's CHildren - Toronto, ON

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TEACH Overseas Expansion Research Intern

This is an opportunity to join a forward-thinking educational NGO’s income generation activity in its early stages of development in Canada

Role Description:

This Role Description outlines the position of Overseas Expansion Research Intern for TEACH’s Tanzanian operations. This is a new post and is part of the organisations plans to develop and expand their programmes through Eastern Canada. We are a small but dynamic and fast-moving team who are looking for passionate and highly motivated team members to help us set up logistics in country before being joined by members from the UK.

Organisation: TEACH – Time to Empower Africa’s CHildren,
TEACH – Time to Empower Africa’s CHildren’ is a dynamic, frontline charity working to alleviate poverty through the power of education. Sustainability is at the heart of TEACH’s work – which is why we believe a hand-up is more effective than a hand out. We work to provide innovative and holistic educational programmes, which place the power to act and to change, firmly in young peoples hands.

Further information can be found at our website: http://www.teachafrica.org.uk/

Role Title: Overseas Expansion Research Intern

Location: Ontario, Canada

Travel: From time to time, travel may be required as part of the role. Mainly to Universities around your location

Accountable to: Canadian Director

Hours: Part Time work capable of being conducted from home.
Occasional Skype meetings will need to take place that will be arranged at a reasonable time for both parties accounting for time difference of the respective countries.

Salary: This is a voluntary position. At the end of your internship TEACH will provide a reference.

Expenses: Any reasonable expenses incurred will be repaid on a monthly basis following submission of an expenses report and respective receipts

Duration: 3-6 month period with the option for staying on and initiating the next step of the programme.

Personal Specification:


  • Confident/fluency in spoken and written English
  • Excellent written, and oral communication skills, and able to communicate to a variety of audiences
  • Experienced internet skills and online research
  • Good research skills via alternate forms
  • Ability to form relationships with various partners
  • Computer literate
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • High motivation, with the ability to be pro-active and work with others and on his/her own
  • Ability to manage own workload and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to work with limited resources
  • Empathy and high commitment to TEACH’s mission and organisational values


  • Experience working with Universities
  • Experience formulating organizational partnerships
  • Experience in various forms of NGO income generation activities

TEACH is looking to form relationships with Universities in Canada. The idea is to recruit students, known as student ambassadors, who are interested in arranging a charity challenge with their fellow students. TEACH is also researching and developing an interactive holistic internship known as ACT – Actions in Communities Tanzania. More details are available but much research needs to be done and further university/ organizational contacts formed.
Before any of this can happen TEACH needs to set up operations, forge the necessary partnerships and plan the future course of action.

Job description:

Please note that this Job description can be amended from time to time. Duties will be varied therefore a degree of flexibility is required.


  • Drawing out a plan for registering the NGO in Canada
  • Forming initial contacts with Universities in the locality
  • Researching tour operators who can offer the services we are looking for
  • Researching what other organisations are offering the same services and what those services entail
  • Research into current International Development courses and placements
  • Contacting other NGO’s and discussing our future plans.

Future progression
Once the UK team arrive in country it will be possible to move forwards with the income generating scheme involving the use of university student ambassadors to find their own groups and fundraise for their trips through TEACH.
Interns still wanting to contribute to this next step can expect to:

  • Move forward with university links
  • Help design the ACT internship from the Canadian side
  • Media and Marketing
  • Find motivated student ambassadors to organize other students for a trip
  • Offer support and advice in their fundraising endeavors
  • Promote an “incentive based scheme” for students
  • Explore avenues for expansion

The post holder will require an excellent level of competency in the following

Personal Ethos:
The applicant should be a natural advocate for change and development.

Planning and organising:
Competence demonstrated by the ability to process requirements of role effectively. Is able to gather and use resources effectively. Can prioritise their own and/or their teams’ workload appropriately and are able to review and amend priorities and actions as and when required.

Competence demonstrated by the ability and inclination to work cooperatively with others. Will be able to recognize a good balance between brainstorming innovative ideas, and taking action.

Managing relationships:
Understands how to develop productive working relationships, both with international and national colleagues and informants.

The applicant must take responsibility for not only themselves but to continue to represent TEACH in such a way as accordance with our overall principles.

Decision Making:
Able to examine information and make balanced recommendations. Will communicate, follow through and will be accountable for outcome. Will always have the interests of TEACH at the core of the decision. Will support decisions once made.

Drive for results:
It is important that the applicant be self motivated and have a genuine desire to reach the goals set by TEACH within the timeframes laid out in the project development.