Terms of Reference: Energy Access Intern
EarthSpark International, a US-based non-profit with the mission to eradicate energy poverty, is seeking a practical, motivated, action-oriented volunteer who is ready to dive into a rewarding internship in its Washington, DC office. EarthSpark has been working on energy access in Haiti since 2009, selling over 18,000 solar lights and efficient cookstoves through local spin-off Enèji Pwòp as well as building Haiti’s first pre-pay, town-sized solar smart grid serving 450 homes and businesses in rural Haiti. EarthSpark and Enèji Pwòp are committed to building a further 79 grids in Haiti by the end of 2022, impacting over 200,000 people. EarthSpark is now focusing on grant fundraising for the next 3 grids, at which point it will have de-risked the operational processes in order to have an investable plan for scaling up to 80 grids.
The Energy Access Intern will have a wide range of tasks that are critical to the successful realization of the EarthSpark mission. He/she will report directly to the EarthSpark Executive Team. Additionally, the role will interface with a variety of partners, including EarthSpark staff and volunteers and SparkMeter staff. The ideal candidate can commit to working 2-3 days per week for a minimum of 3 months. Candidates are expected to use their own computers. The individual will need to feel comfortable taking on multiple roles and working independently.
This is an un-paid internship with a lot of opportunities for personal growth and learning. EarthSpark is poised for expansion in Haiti and consulting in other regions and will be expanding its team in the coming months. This is a good opportunity to join the team and gain experience now.
Duties and Responsibilities
Fundraising and Reporting
- Research potential funding sources and contribute to drafts of concept notes and funding applications
- Assist EarthSpark staff with drafting project reports for existing and future projects
- Read and draft summary reports on energy access literature
Social Media and Brand Management
- Provide management with photos, information, stories and blog posts to contribute to the brand
- Update www.earthsparkinternational.org when required
- Organize and manage a database of photos suitable for publication and other events
- Draft a social media campaign template for home fundraising events such as garden or holiday parties
- Design graphics for use in funding proposals, project reports and social media campaigns
Garden Party Toolkit
Design templates for supporters to hold fundraising parties. This may include garden parties or holiday parties. The toolkits will include: information on energy access, Haitian culture, EarthSpark’s work and appropriate games, activities and recipes for parties. Materials should include: invitations, donation forms, handouts as well as instructions. The final toolkit should include high-quality graphics and may require Adobe Suite. Finally, the toolkit should come with a plan for implementation and outreach to promote the toolkit.
Energy efficiency is key to grid optimization and unlocking economic potential through productive uses of electricity. EarthSpark would like to support Enèji Pwòp in adding a line of high-quality, ruggedized energy efficient AC appliances. This project will entail market research and assisting on a business plan to integrate these products into the Haitian market. Customer education will also be crucial, so additional work will be required to develop energy efficiency educational documents and talking points as sales tools.
A scalable model needs a robust system for customer service and information management. However, building systems in resource-constrained settings is a difficult task. This project will entail working with staff members in the United States and Haiti to research and implement a Customer Information System and/or Relationship Management System in Haiti. The work will also include advising on and implementing an improved customer service system.
Any and all other duties as required
Skills and Qualifications
- Excellent writing and speaking skills in English
- Proficiency in French or Haitian Creole an advantage
- Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, proficiency in Adobe Suite an advantage
- Ability to work with others
- Excellent organization, great attention to detail, and ability to self-motivate
- Dedication to improving rural access to clean energy
- Exceptional communication, writing and analytical skills
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject matter
Applicable work or internship experience
Experience living in a developing country a strong advantage
How to Apply
Please send a CV, cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience, and two writing samples no longer than three pages, with the subject line: “Energy Access Intern” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing samples in French or Haitian Creole are also encouraged, but not required.