Communications Internship

Location: Kigali, Rwanda               

Closing date: 23rd November 2022


Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening agriculture from farm-to-fork, helping businesses grow, and linking farmers to markets. Since our start in 1981, we have been leveraging nearly 100 years of expertise in crop inputs, agricultural insights, dairy and animal nutrition from our close affiliate, Land O’Lakes, Inc., a farmer-owned agribusiness committed to fulfilling its purpose of feeding human progress.

Our team is made up of nearly 350 employees who are committed to market-led approaches, and passionate about collaborating locally to create lasting inclusive economic growth. By unlocking the potential of agriculture for the last 36 years, the lives of more than 3 million people have been transformed through nearly 300 programs in more than 80 countries. Land O’Lakes has been operating in Rwanda since 2007.

Project Description:

The USAID funded Feed the Future Rwanda Orora Wihaze aims to transform the poultry, fish, pig, and goat/sheep value chains and to cultivate local demand for animal source foods. Venture37 leads a consortium of four firms that operate as project team to deliver results using an innovative market systems development approach and aiming to empower micro, small, and medium enterprises.  The goal of Orora Wihaze is to sustainably increase access to, availability and consumption of Animal Source Foods through the development of a profitable market.  Implemented under a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contract, the project works across 8 districts of Rwanda including Burera, Gakenke, Nyamagabe, Nyamasheke, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Kayonza and Ngoma Districts.

Internship Project Objective:
The Objective of Orora Wihaze Communications internship is to provide an internship opportunity to a passionate communications enthusiast with relevant skills to work with the team to implement the Activity’s recently completed Communications Strategy. The Communications intern will participate in increasing project visibility working with project technical leads and Intern buddy to contribute learn from operationalization of the project Communications Strategy

Position Summary:

The position is a learning by doing opportunity that will allow a talented professional who is passionate about development Communications to undertake a 6 – 12months internship at Land O’Lakes Venture37 working with a multi skilled team in the field of Animal Source Foods and working across four value chains including pigs, poultry, fish, and small ruminants (sheep and pigs).

Primary Responsibilities:

The Communications intern will participate in increasing project visibility working with project technical leads and contribute operationalization of the project Communications Strategy.

Specifically, the intern will be responsible for:

  • Create a photo bank by taking photos, or support contracted photographers to capture Orora Wihaze work in the field districts of roar Wihaze
  • Support development of video content for use on project social media site and other relevant websites as may be determined
  • Develop a database of social and media houses contacts;
  • maintain a press list with accurate contact information;
  • Assist in analyzing and reporting impact of communications on project visibility
  • Collaborate with technical team to organize media tours and events and assist with the organization and implementation of project events.
  • Conduct participant interviews, drafting press releases and site briefs to be used for newsletters, and project blogs
  • With mentorship from the Buddy, designing USAID branded flyers, banners, brochures, fact sheets, event signage, invitations.
  • Collaborate with project comms team to increase followership on project social handles

Project Deliverables:

  • A project photo bank established
  • A data base of media house contacts and press list
  • At least two project videos developed
  • At least two media events organized
  • Increased social media following to about 1,000 followers by the end of March 2023.
  • A completed project presentation at end of the internship

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The intern will report to the Office Manager and will receive mentorship from V37 Communications Specialist (buddy), with oversight by COP.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or working towards a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or other relevant fields.
  • Office 365 skills, especially Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint
  • Experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms
  • Knowledge of photography and videography (filming and editing) (an asset)
  • Knowledge of standard photo and video editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro (an asset)
  • Fluency, verbal and written, in English and Kinyarwanda
  • Confidence and excellent skills in written and verbal communication.

Essential Competencies/Behaviors:  

Analytical Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues and opportunities; using effective approaches for developing appropriate solutions, taking action that is consistence with available facts and probable consequences.

Planning and Organizing Establishing course of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed effectively.

Team Building: Proven ability to work with team members towards a common vision and objectives.

Communication:  Proven ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

Land O’Lakes never requests money or payment from candidates for any position type. Please report any such requests to Land O’Lakes.

Send your application to : ProcurementROW@landolakes.com  with the “position title stated in the subject line”