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Butterfly Works

Butterfly Works

Butterfly Works

Butterfly Works is a co-creation studio in Amsterdam that aims to decrease poverty and increase prosperity worldwide. Our two departments of Design & Branding and Social Campaigns & Learning work g...


Zanzibar, Tanzania

2 Apr 2013

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Volunteer Interim Manager Digital Design School Tanzania

Volunteer Interim manager at digital design school ZanziBits, Zanzibar, Tanzania Start March/April 2013 for a period of 3 months

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Contract / Short-term
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Business Development
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Butterfly Works and the Bits schools

Butterfly Works is a co-creation studio in Amsterdam with a core team of 10 designers and organisers and countless co-creators across 22 countries. We work directly with local communities in developing countries and have two departments. Our Design & Branding team co-creates inspiring products and concepts and accesses global markets and trade networks to establish successful brands. Our Social Campaigns & Learning team works with local communities to create innovative learning programmes and social awareness campaigns, while creatively using new media as an educational tool.

One of the first programmes of Butterfly Works was NairoBits that started in 1999. NairoBits is a digital design school that draws students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Nairobi. The primary objective is to provide youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with knowledge in web design, IT skills, creative multimedia and entrepreneurship to improve their opportunities in employment or venturing into business. In addition, the training develops their character by inculcating in them the critical elements of personal confidence and self-esteem in the life skills trainings.

Owing to the level of success, the concept of NairoBits is replicated to similar settings in other countries. Butterfly Works and NairoBits together developed a franchise model, which has been implemented in AddisBits in Addis Ababa, Kilimanjaro Film School in Arusha, ZanziBits at Zanzibar and KampaBits in Kampala. 

ZanziBits was founded in 2007 with the aim to create a platform for Zanzibar youth with potential and motivation to learn a multimedia and/or specialty and to also facilitate their career development and their interaction with youth across the world. Per year 20 students graduate and successfully start a career in the media sector afterwards.

At the moment the management team is looking for an interim manager who is able to strengthen the team. Your tasks and responsibilities include the following:

  • Build the capacity of the current manager and trainers in the day to day management and financial administration
  • Maintain and expand the network of partners
  • Identify fundraising opportunities and draft proposals
  • Organise excursions and guest lectures


We are looking for an entrepreneurial person with experience in management/running a small organization, financial administration and fundraising, supplemented by the following:  

  • A hands-on and pro-active work style
  • Organisation and cultural sensitive
  • A good sense of priorities
  • Used to working independently and in a team
  • Taking responsibility for your work
  • Can connect with the organization and its students
  • International working experience

Qualifications and knowledge:

  • Professional experience of minimal 3 years
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant area
  • Full professional proficiency of English, both spoken and written
  • Experience in the field of digital design and/or multi-media is a plus

What do we offer:

In this (unpaid) volunteering position only local stay will be covered. You will be trained at Butterfly Works and by the founder of Zanzibits, learning more about the  background of the project, the ins and outs of Zanzibits, the courses given and the current status of the organization. You will gain experience in working in an international environment with a great team of local Tanzanian people at a beautiful location.

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