Global Business Development Intern

We are looking for partners in delivering on iDE’s mission to create income and livelihood opportunities for the rural poor. Since our founding iDE has directly impacted more than 33.3 million people across Asia, Africa, and Central America. Founded in 1982, iDE is a global effort that spans offices in 14 countries, encompassing 4 social enterprises, employing over 1,000 people directly, and indirectly enabling many more through our market-based approaches in agriculture; water; sanitation; hygiene; and finance. iDE leverages the power of business to fight poverty around the world. We understand that our customers – small scale farmers – are entrepreneurs in their own rights and that our approach offers them a chance to use technologies and services that we promote, to create significant additional income.

  • Poor women and men have the right to a secure livelihood.
  • Markets are the most powerful force for significant, widespread and lasting impact on rural prosperity.
  • The rural poor are customers, producers, and entrepreneurs.
  • We listen to and learn from the people we work with.
  • We value innovation and entrepreneurship. 
  • We are results-oriented, aiming for significant impacts for large numbers of people. 
  • We strive for economic, social, and environmental equity and sustainability.

The Global Business Development (GBD) Department leads in securing funding to grow the organization as a whole. GBD leads on efforts to secure funds through proposals submitted to bilateral government development agencies and multilateral development agencies. Additionally, GBD -- in partnership with the Fundraising team -- supports and/or leads proposals to foundations and corporate partners. GBD builds relationships with key funders, develops proposals and award applications, creates and maintains institutional documents (capability statements, marketing materials, past performance references, etc.), and supports the dissemination of project information throughout the organization. 

iDE is seeking one or more qualified, capable and hard-working individuals to work at the headquarters office in Denver, Colorado supporting our GBD team.

List of duties may include the following:
  • Research funding opportunities and potential donors. This will include reviewing, vetting and disseminating relevant information to staff.
  • Support knowledge management activities, including data entry in Salesforce, organization of folders on the organization’s shared server, managing spreadsheets for tracking of live proposals, keeping meeting notes, etc.
  • Provide support in preparing proposals, including writing, formatting, condensing, editing, etc.
  • Review and in some cases translate documents in Spanish, French or Portuguese, as possible.
  • Other support functions as agreed upon with your supervisor, including designing communications for individual donors, supporting event planning, supporting preparation of materials for the board of directors, etc. 

  • Excellent writing, editing and formatting skills
  • Strong organizational skills and proven ability to pay attention to detail and move projects along according to schedule
  • Excellent communication capabilities
  • Experience conducting internet research
  • Skilled in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with Salesforce is favorable.
  • Self-motivated, capable of multitasking, and a team player
  • Grant writing experience preferred
  • BA/MA in International Relations, International Development, English, or similar field preferred
  • Foreign language ability favorable
  • Enthusiastic with a sincere interest in the goals of the organization 

Time commitment: At least 20 hours per week, preferably more. Some amount of remote work is possible, but ability to be present in the office at least two days per week is important (pending status of COVID-19 related stay-at-home orders).

Anticipated length of engagement: Minimum three months, preferably longer.

This is an unpaid position, but could be eligible for academic credit, depending on the requirements of the intern’s institution.

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