We currently have openings for the positions listed below.
About READ Nepal
READ has its roots in Nepal, where our first office opened in 1991 after a rural villager told our founder that all he wanted for his village was a library. READ (Rural Education and Development) Nepal partners with rural communities to build Community Libraries and Resource Centers (READ Centers) that provide villagers with access to valuable tools, educational resources, and skills' training that enable them to thrive and prosper in their own communities. Since 1991 we have opened 54 READ Centers across the country, offering training programs in livelihood skills, literacy, health, and technology. READ Centers include a library with thousands books for children and adults, a computer lab with Internet access, a women's empowerment room, an early childhood development section and a training room. READ also provides seed capital for a sustaining enterprise paired with each READ Center to generate income that sustains the Center over the long run. With our partner communities, we have seeded 82 sustaining enterprises in Nepal that address community needs: from fish farming and turmeric farming to a community radio station.
About the position
This position will be based out of the READ Nepal Office in Kathmandu with the following primary responsibilities:
- To take the lead in identifying and implementing sustaining enterprise programs that will financially sustain community libraries as envisioned by the READ model, and promoting micro-entrepreneurs in our partner communities.
- To develop and implement business plans and project plans and provide the necessary leadership, project management and co-ordination for the successful launch of sustaining enterprises.
- To assist in the exploration and implementation of country-level social enterprises for the sustainability of the READ mission in Nepal.
- Work with community to identify and select the best suited social enterprises that help to sustain community libraries in the long run.
- Develop and customize training curricula for field staff, community workers and micro-entrepreneurs.
- Conduct training to Library Management Committee and Sub Committee members on social sustaining enterprises.
- Conduct entrepreneurship development and business plan development training to community members.
- Prepare, facilitate and implement sustaining enterprise projects for community libraries.
- Coordinate with District Development Committee, District Cottage and Small Industry Office, or relevant governmental or non-governmental agencies for sustaining enterprise and micro-enterprise development of community libraries.
- Advise the Library Management Committees in the establishment of the operational structure of enterprises in view of their sustainability.
- Develop guidelines for the allocation of micro-grants to innovative and promising CLRC and Community groups.
- Work closely with community entrepreneurs in development and refinement of business proposals, and provide needed technical support.
- Research best practices in social enterprise and create a database of business ideas and practices.
- Assist the Country Director & Business Development Manager in networking and creating partnerships and collaboration on innovative sustainable business projects.
- Advise the identified entrepreneurs/partners on business proposals - including mechanisms, staffing and salary allocation as well as reporting format.
- Conduct site visits to proposed businesses for physical assessments.
- Assess market feasibility of the product, identify linkages and put in place marketing strategies.
- Identify the risks and challenges for READ libraries on business investment and venture.
- Put in place a clear set of financial guidelines for business projects.
- Any other work assigned by the Business Development Manager and Country Director.
- Minimum Bachelors Degree in Business Studies/Management, Economics or equivalent.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in Enterprise Development, or Social Enterprise Development and social development field.
- Proven track record of new business development and expansion.
- Work with public, private and third sector partnerships and structures.
- Understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion issues.
- Understanding of general business principles, Business Planning & Marketing.
- Designing entrepreneurship training curricula and skills to deliver through training.
- Experience working independently on initiatives.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills in Nepali and English.
About READ Global
READ Global believes that empowering rural communities is critical to alleviating global poverty. We partner with communities in Bhutan, India and Nepal to create vibrant places to live and thrive. Our proven and replicable model focuses on community library and resource centers (READ Centers) as a vehicle for social and economic transformation with a particular focus on empowerment of women. Combining education, enterprise and community development, READ collaborates with rural communities to establish these centers and set-up for-profit enterprises to ensure long-term maintenance and success. READ has been the recipient of prestigious awards including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Access to Learning Award and the 2013 Lipman Family Prize administered by the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School.
During the past 22 years, READ Global has successfully established 69 READ Centers across Bhutan, India and Nepal serving over 2.0 million rural villagers. In addition, over 100 for-profit enterprises have been launched to promote the sustainability and vibrancy of these Centers. READ plans to build 20-30 additional Centers over the next five years, as well as continue to deepen our program offerings to provide hundreds of thousands of rural villagers with better opportunities to improve education and livelihood.
About the position
READ Global is looking for a current undergraduate student interested in gaining experience in the nonprofit industry, international development, blogging, communications, and online content management. The position is a three to four month internship coinciding with the student’s spring semester (starting ASAP). While internships are unpaid, we will provide employment references upon successful completion of the internship.
READ is preparing to launch a blog in March, so the internship would be segmented: the first month would be focused on researching topics, building an editorial calendar, and assisting with the creation of the blog on the READ site. The remainder of the internship would be geared towards researching and writing blog posts, managing social media channels, and aggregating blog content into the READ quarterly newsletter.Duties and Responsibilities
Research topics for blog posts to be written by the intern as well as READ staff, board members and guest bloggers. Blog topics focus on the following themes:
- Global Libraries
- South Asia
- Holistic international rural development
- Rural Literacy / Education
- Women’s Empowerment
- Sustainable enterprise and livelihood skills
- Information communications technology
- Write at least one blog post per week (350-500 words)
- Assist with formatting and publishing via basic HTML coding
- Publish regular content to READ’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
- Monitor and produce monthly analytics of READ’s blog and social media sites
- Basic HTML and website content management system training (we use Joomla, an open source software)
- Introduction to search engine optimization (SEO)
- Social media channel strategy, execution and analytics
- Basic Photoshop
- Major or minor focus in Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Gender Studies, or related field
- Strong familiarity with and interest in READ’s thematic areas
- Strong creative writing skills
- Solid knowledge of social media channels
- Independent worker and self-starter
- Experience with social media analytics and publishing tools a plus (esp HootSuite)
- Experience with blogging and/or content management systems a plus
- Experience with Adobe Photoshop a plus
Time and Location
10 hours per week, February-May: Intern should be able to work out of our national office in San Francisco, CA during regular business hours for at least 5 hours per week. The remainder may be spent working offsite if desired.