Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Blossom Trust was founded in 1993 as a grassroots NGO with the initial focus of social and economic empowerment of underprivileged women and providing a safe and nurturing space for vulnerable children living in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. Over time, our work has broadened into supporting those living with HIV/AIDS, TB and diabetes and building community capacity in disadvantaged areas of Tamil Nadu, while still remaining true to our original objective of female empowerment.
Blossom has built its international donor base with volunteer outreach, an internship programme and establishing partnerships with global stakeholders, involving beneficiaries in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of its projects.
Our goal is to create a strong foundation for sustainable community ownership and national coalitions for marginalised individuals. We aim to achieve this through building community-based institutions, by promoting community awareness, and in supporting community development through grassroot initiatives. In responding to the needs of our beneficiaries, Blossom Trust works in a variety of domains ranging from economic empowerment and microfinance, to environmentally focused agriculture, to health advocacy and forums supporting transgender women and individuals infected/affected by HIV/AIDs and TB.
What We're Looking For
Blossom Trust is seeking a highly motivated Project Coordinator Intern to help us strengthen existing and prospective projects, target regional growth opportunities, and develop and implement strategies in line with our goals in Tamil Nadu. We are looking for someone with a basic knowledge of the project cycle to support the development of public health, agricultural and economic proposals targeting marginalized rural populations in India. Our immediate priority is our regional COVID-19 response, but in the longer term we are working towards expanding our programmes in HIV/AIDs and TB (Rainbow TB Forum), and looking to implement an agricultural training centre and reinstate a microcredit scheme for economic resilience. These are all undertaken with a focus on the empowerment and agency of women. Any specific experience in these areas is preferred, but not required.
You will work alongside the Grant Coordinator, Project Coordinator and the Director of Blossom Trust, Mercy Annapoorani. As we are a local NGO with resource limitations, candidates must be flexible and ready to take on other responsibilities as needed. Candidates will work collaboratively in a small team, but will need to be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision.
The successful candidate will be primarily based in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. On occasion we agree for you to work remotely throughout India. Our team works on a full-time basis from 10:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday to Saturday. Your work schedule is flexible depending on you and your time management skills. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months, starting ASAP. Longer stays are welcome, please state your preference in the cover letter.
- COVID-19 Amendment -
Given the global pandemic and the COVID-19 situation in India, it will not be possible to begin the internship in Tamil Nadu immediately. Currently, the Blossom team is working remotely, facilitated by regular virtual meetings with the Director and maintaining an online database. Depending on the start date, we anticipate that the selected candidate will spend a period of time working with the team remotely. We understand that this can be logistically challenging, but expect it to be manageable with appropriate flexibility and cooperation on both sides. We are monitoring the situation in India and hope that our interns can return as soon as visas are being issued, so we expect the successful candidate to be committed and prepared to travel India as soon as this is feasible.
As Project Coordinator you will be part of the team that is in charge of creating new projects, overseeing the current running projects and the evaluation of completed projects. Tasks include, but are not limited to:
Qualifications and Skills