Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter Internship
Habitat for Humanity - Atlanta GA

Internship Category: Paid

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  • We are Habitat
    Interns serve a crucial role as part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter. Interns work with a core team of experienced international development practitioners and gain exposure to market-based approaches to develop and expand the provision of housing solutions for the base of the pyramid, knowledge management for international NGOs, and other critical development topics. Growing out of Habitat’s strategy to have an exponentially greater impact on the poor’s access to affordable housing solutions, the Terwilliger Center was established to accelerate private sector solutions that meet the needs of low-income households and does so by mobilizing investment capital to the housing sector, facilitating and advising housing market actors, and advancing the knowledge around adequate housing and housing market systems.

    What will you build?
    Our team employs a market development approach as we strive to build and expand more inclusive housing markets. Current services include institutional technical assistance to microfinance institutions who wish to offer housing loan products, research and learning facilitation in multiple areas, product design for housing microfinance and energy efficient housing improvements, construction technical assistance, and project monitoring and evaluation. In addition the Center works with the supply side of affordable housing, by working with local firms in different markets, to help them enhance their products and services, using a housing market systems analysis. Recently, the Center launched a 5 year scholarship program ” Terwilliger Fellows Program” which will support a target number of Habitat for Humanity National Organizations to start and/or expand housing market based programs, providing them with mentorship, technical expertise, and funding to develop housing market based projects.

    Responsibilities:
    Interns will work together with our team to develop a learning agenda that aligns with their career aspirations while supporting our work in housing sector development. During the internship, interns will participate in targeted projects and initiatives to deepen leadership competencies while making an essential contribution to Habitat’s work by supporting the Terwilliger Center’s learning efforts. The main assignments include:

    • Facilitating webinars that detail lessons learned and best practices around market-based solutions for poverty housing. Webinars primarily target engaging staff and consultants, but also frequently involve external stakeholders. Tasks include working with presenters on the content, session outline and format of content presentation; coordinating invitations; managing the webinar platform and moderating comments; and summarizing and distribution notes afterwards.
    • Coordinating the production of key learning outputs. This includes production of our quarterly series of technical articles, ” Shelter Innovation Highlights,” compiling our quarterly newsletter, and editing/publishing ad hoc blogposts highlighting the Terwilliger Center’s work around the world.
    • Support key publications on critical housing market systems topics. Interns may also be asked to support the research, production and revision of targeted publications that address some of the most pressing and relevant topics related to building and expanding inclusive housing markets. These may include case studies, summaries of evaluations, technical articles, and/or topical reports.
    • Support development of training platform. Supporting the design, development and implementation of an online platform for onboarding and ongoing training of Terwilliger Center staff and consultants.
    • Contribute to learning strategy. Acquiring project management experience by actively participating in regular strategy sessions with headquarters staff, as well as on calls with Terwilliger Center project managers and staff working in the field.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Successfully pursuing a graduate degree in International Development, Economics or a related field.
    • Must be well-organized, detailed oriented, and able to work well both independently and in a team environment.
    • Exceptionally strong spoken and written communications skills.
    • Strong interest in international development related work.
    • Knowledge or experience with business planning and/or knowledge management, preferred.
    • Knowledge of e-learning platforms is a plus.
    • Knowledge of a second language is a plus.

    What’s in it for you?
    At the conclusion of the internship, the participant will have an understanding of Habitat for Humanity International’s strategy for increasing access to affordable housing in low-income countries using market development approaches. Thematically, interns will have received an orientation in market-based approaches to development and how these are being utilized in the low-income housing sector as well as increasing their understanding of microfinance generally and housing microfinance specifically, housing market systems, and housing value chain analysis. Interns will also develop a conceptual understanding of best practices in knowledge management for international development, and the practical use of different online platform to foster peer learning.

    Location: This position is based at our administrative headquarters in downtown Atlanta, GA.
    Duration: Spring 2018.
    Availability: 12-15 hours per week.
    Remuneration: Yes. Hourly rate.
    Cover letter is required

    We are Habitat
    Interns serve a crucial role as part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter. Interns work with a core team of experienced international development practitioners and gain exposure to market-based approaches to develop and expand the provision of housing solutions for the base of the pyramid, knowledge management for international NGOs, and other critical development topics. Growing out of Habitat’s strategy to have an exponentially greater impact on the poor’s access to affordable housing solutions, the Terwilliger Center was established to accelerate private sector solutions that meet the needs of low-income households and does so by mobilizing investment capital to the housing sector, facilitating and advising housing market actors, and advancing the knowledge around adequate housing and housing market systems.

    What will you build?
    Our team employs a market development approach as we strive to build and expand more inclusive housing markets. Current services include institutional technical assistance to microfinance institutions who wish to offer housing loan products, research and learning facilitation in multiple areas, product design for housing microfinance and energy efficient housing improvements, construction technical assistance, and project monitoring and evaluation. In addition the Center works with the supply side of affordable housing, by working with local firms in different markets, to help them enhance their products and services, using a housing market systems analysis. Recently, the Center launched a 5 year scholarship program ” Terwilliger Fellows Program” which will support a target number of Habitat for Humanity National Organizations to start and/or expand housing market based programs, providing them with mentorship, technical expertise, and funding to develop housing market based projects.

    Responsibilities:
    Interns will work together with our team to develop a learning agenda that aligns with their career aspirations while supporting our work in housing sector development. During the internship, interns will participate in targeted projects and initiatives to deepen leadership competencies while making an essential contribution to Habitat’s work by supporting the Terwilliger Center’s learning efforts. The main assignments include:

    • Facilitating webinars that detail lessons learned and best practices around market-based solutions for poverty housing. Webinars primarily target engaging staff and consultants, but also frequently involve external stakeholders. Tasks include working with presenters on the content, session outline and format of content presentation; coordinating invitations; managing the webinar platform and moderating comments; and summarizing and distribution notes afterwards.
    • Coordinating the production of key learning outputs. This includes production of our quarterly series of technical articles, ” Shelter Innovation Highlights,” compiling our quarterly newsletter, and editing/publishing ad hoc blogposts highlighting the Terwilliger Center’s work around the world.
    • Support key publications on critical housing market systems topics. Interns may also be asked to support the research, production and revision of targeted publications that address some of the most pressing and relevant topics related to building and expanding inclusive housing markets. These may include case studies, summaries of evaluations, technical articles, and/or topical reports.
    • Support development of training platform. Supporting the design, development and implementation of an online platform for onboarding and ongoing training of Terwilliger Center staff and consultants.
    • Contribute to learning strategy. Acquiring project management experience by actively participating in regular strategy sessions with headquarters staff, as well as on calls with Terwilliger Center project managers and staff working in the field.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Successfully pursuing a graduate degree in International Development, Economics or a related field.
    • Must be well-organized, detailed oriented, and able to work well both independently and in a team environment.
    • Exceptionally strong spoken and written communications skills.
    • Strong interest in international development related work.
    • Knowledge or experience with business planning and/or knowledge management, preferred.
    • Knowledge of e-learning platforms is a plus.
    • Knowledge of a second language is a plus.

    What’s in it for you?
    At the conclusion of the internship, the participant will have an understanding of Habitat for Humanity International’s strategy for increasing access to affordable housing in low-income countries using market development approaches. Thematically, interns will have received an orientation in market-based approaches to development and how these are being utilized in the low-income housing sector as well as increasing their understanding of microfinance generally and housing microfinance specifically, housing market systems, and housing value chain analysis. Interns will also develop a conceptual understanding of best practices in knowledge management for international development, and the practical use of different online platform to foster peer learning.

    Location: This position is based at our administrative headquarters in downtown Atlanta, GA.
    Duration: Spring 2018.
    Availability: 12-15 hours per week.
    Remuneration: Yes. Hourly rate.
    Cover letter is required

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