WORTH/I.T. Intern (part-time or full-time)
Washington D.C | Washington D.C
Title WORTH/I.T. Intern (part-time or full-time)
Location Washington DC
Department Name Information & Technology
Title: WORTH/I.T. Intern (part-time or full-time)
Unit: Livelihoods and Information Technology
Reports to: Directors of WORTH and IT
Revision Date: Oct 30, 2016
Do your friends ask you to help get their phone onto the wireless network? Have you ever switched from an iPhone to an Android and back again, just for fun? Would you like to put your technical skills to work in international development? Then Pact might be looking for you!
Pact— an international development not-for-profit with more than 40 years of experience implementing projects in 30 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America—is working with Hewlett Packard Enterprises to develop an Android phone app called “MyWORTH” that will provide a digitized accounting system for our global savings groups’ village “banks.” We need your help testing it and rolling it out.
About the WORTH program
Since 1994, Pact has reached over 400,000 women in 15 countries with our award-winning WORTH (Women Organizing Resources Together) program. Through WORTH, Pact brings poor, primarily rural women together in groups of 25 with a women’s economic empowerment model that integrates savings-led microfinance, literacy and numeracy, group banking, and micro-enterprise development, while strengthening social networks and empowering women to have a voice in their communities. Participants create transparent credit and savings groups and save on a weekly basis. The group’s savings are pooled, managed by the group independently, and available in short-term, low-interest loans to members, primarily for income generation. At the end of the six-month financial cycle, interest earned is distributed proportionately to group members, and members can decide to spend or to save it during the next cycle. The WORTH model is one of Pact’s most effective poverty-reduction tools because it places women at the centre of their own solutions and helps them build up multiple types of assets from diversified income streams.
About the MyWORTH” app
More than 2.5 billion adults worldwide lack access to financial institutions. Those living in rural areas are especially disadvantaged with more than 75% of the world’s poor excluded. Today, more than 12million of those excluded from financial services are participating in informal groups such as WORTH, accessing self-generated savings and credit services. The MyWORTH mobile application will create for these informal credit groups a simple yet reliable digitized recordkeeping system, directly increasing their return on investment while decreasing their opportunity costs. MyWORTH will initially be utilized in Pact’s existing and new savings-group programs with later availability to other savings group implementers.
The IT/Worth Intern will fulfill two roles:
1) Provide MyWORTH app development and administrative support to the Worth program as managed by the Livelihoods Director
2) As time permits, provide data and general IT technical as managed by the Global IT Director
Livelihoods / Worth Project
Assist with management MyWORTH savings group Android app development
Develop and follow or run test scripts, proof read screens, document bugs
Coordinate technical support for globally-dispersed app users
Coordinate and potentially provide remote support with installation and use
Track user issues and develop a knowledge base of resolved issues
Worth tasks will take priority, but if time permits:
Work with engineers and Knowledge Management team to map, clean and integrate data between our cloud-based systems.
Install and configure software on laptops as we rollout Windows 10.
Provide additional administrative and technical assistance as needed
ability to work well in a diverse team environment
excellent oral and written communications skills
strong troubleshooting skills
self-directed and responsible
ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
willingness and capacity to learn and grow technical skills
Working toward Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in IT or related field
Broad understanding of global technology trends
Strong technical skills, familiarity with software development lifecycle, data analysis
We’ll help you learn but the best candidates will already have some experience with relevant technologies and tools such as mobile phones, Android OS, wireless networks, SMS, Github, Slack, SmartSheet, Google docs, Office 365, Active Directory.
To apply for this position, please click link: http://pactworld.force.com/careers/VanaHCM__Job_Detail?Id=a33j0000000iJh6
- Organization: Pact World
- Location: Washington D.C | Washington D.C
- Grade: Junior
- Closing Date: 2016-12-05