2016 LivelyHoods fellowship

Posted on 03-08-2016


More informations
Impact study
Livelyhoods not measure the impact.
Read more

LivelyHoods Fellowship Program 2016, Nairobi

LivelyHoods is a fast-growing social enterprise, based in Nairobi, Kenya. We currently have branches in eight slum communities, where we recruit and train unemployed youth and women to transform them into sales agents for life-changing products. We have a skilled team of branch managers, trainers, and directors, all based in Nairobi.

LivelyHoods is now looking to expand across the country, and bring livelihoods opportunities and life-enhancing products to far-reaching areas of Kenya. We have already directly impacted more than 11,000 households and indirectly benefited hundreds of thousands of people with information about life-saving products.

We currently have a range of fellowship opportunities in the Nairobi office (based in Kawangware, western Nairobi).  

Look us up: www.livelyhoods.org / Facebook: livelyhoods / Twitter: @livelyhoodsorg

See below for more details on opportunities to join us as a monitoring and evaluation fellow, a marketing fellow, operations business development fellow, or a communications and fundraising fellow. Opportunities are open on a rolling basis throughout 2016, but apply as soon as possible as space is limited.

Qualifications for LivelyHoods fellows

  •  Business or social work degree preferred.
  •  Experience in emerging markets preferred.
  •  Tech-savvy; at ease with Excel, Salesforce (preferred) and ability to pick up new skills.
  •  Fluent English, some Swahili knowledge (preferred but not required).
  •  High degree of independence and motivation.
  •  Excellent communicator, able to write clearly and succinctly.
  •  Flexibility and adaptability – sometimes things don’t go according to plan!


All fellowships are unpaid. Fellows must pay for airfare, food, lodging in Nairobi, Kenya. LivelyHoods staff will assist interns with coordinating trip logistics. All ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply. Internships may last between one and six months, and will be carried out on-site, in the Nairobi office.

Fellows from as far as Australia, Spain, and the U.S. have been LivelyHoods fellows in Nairobi, and have continued to support LivelyHoods from afar, and even return to visit the organization. This is an opportunity to be a part of a vibrant team working directly in the communities they serve to impact the lives of thousands of people.

Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow

In order to constantly improve and reassess the direction we are taking as an organization, we need rigorous and accurate monitoring and evaluation. The systems we have in place are working well, but we want them to work even better, so we need someone with a keen eye for analysis, a penchant for data, a way with people (you'll be out in the field in slum communities, meeting with our agents and staff) and a passion for social impact. We use mobile phone surveys, questionnaires, environmental data based on the clean energy products we sell, and in-person meetings to track every aspect of our work.

Specific skills:

  •  Solid experience in monitoring and evaluation, or at least knowledge of the theories and frameworks.
  •  Freethinking analytical mind with an ability to assess large quantities of data and identify trends and ideas that can be translated into real actions.
  •  Mastery of questionnaires, surveys, and different methods of obtaining feedback.

Marketing fellow

Our social enterprise, which employs youth and women in Nairobi’s slums, called iSmart Kenya, distributes a variety of life-changing products in target communities. As we introduce new products, close sales with new customers, and explore new markets around slums in Nairobi, we need to make sure we are operating under the best assumptions and strategy when it comes to marketing our products.You’ll be working directly with field staff, and with the organization’s directors, to come up with innovative approaches and see them through, to implement and then monitor marketing tactics.

Specific skills:

  •  Knowledge or experience of below-the-line marketing to base of the pyramid consumers.
  •  Knowledge of Salesforce or similar data management systems.

Operations and business development fellow

You will be expected to be creative and analytical in your approach to operations efficiency and business development, in order to assist with the expansion of operations across the country. The fellow will work closely with the Operations Director and Operations Manager to carry out their tasks successfully. There is a possibility of travel between different branches, possible within different cities, but this will be dependent on flexibility and needs.

Specific skills:

  •  Experience or knowledge of business development or operations in emerging markets.
  •  Entrepreneurial or management experience is a plus.

Communications and Fundraising fellow

In order to spread our news and messages in a targeted, efficient, and aesthetic way, we need to make the most of core communications channels to communicate with funders, donors, potential funders, and staff and beneficiaries. Regular email updates and campaigns are managed internally, and all communications must be evaluated for efficiency and results. Fundraising involves grant proposals, reporting, collating impact data and presenting it in a convincing manner. The fellow will work closely with the Director of Development and Executive Director to support existing communications and fundraising efforts. As well as fundraising communications and social media there may be the opportunity to create in-depth content based on scientific research, monitoring and evaluation and field research.

Specific skills:

  •  Excellent written communication skills in English.
  •  Fundraising experience with not-for-profit.
  •  Ability to communicate complicated messages in succinct, approachable way.
  •  Able to adapt to different communications methods (social media, grant proposals, institutional reporting, etc.