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Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT)

Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT)

Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT)

IEFT funds and operates the Orkeeswa Secondary School, a tuition free school for needy youth in rural Tanzania. Orkeeswa is breaking academic norms and preparing future leaders who will have th...


Monduli, Tanzania

28 Mar 2014

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Communications Coordinator

Seeking a media and communications whiz that can help share the inspiring stories and real-life impacts of Orkeesaw School in rural Tanzania

Monduli, Tanzania

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

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The Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) is looking for an experienced candidate to create and maintain a constant flow of communication between the staff and students of the Orkeeswa School, international student sponsors, and our donor and funding base around the world.

This is an incredible opportunity for a self-starter excited to implement and develop a communications structure within a developing program. IEFT is a non-profit, community-collaborative organization that provides quality, affordable educational opportunities to an underserved population of youth in rural Tanzania. 

IEFT operates the Orkeeswa School, a secondary school populated by motivated students and a welcoming and dedicated team of international volunteers and local staff. Join our incredible team and empower students to make a real difference for themselves and their communities.

Job Description:

As Communications Coordinator, you will be expected to: 

  • Contribute to the organization, development and maintenance of our communications department.
  • Create systems to facilitate clear and consistent communication between team members in the US office, our donor base and the general public.
  • Support for US administration's fundraising efforts through collection and preparation of stories, images, videos, etc.
  • Maintain social media networks.
  • Serve as a primary contact between US office programs and TZ office programs.
  • Develop and maintain student updates, profiles and other materials for student sponsors.
  • Develop and maintain a strong social media plan that educates and engages current and potential supporters.
  • Develop and maintain a media plan that helps share and promote stories of volunteers, groups, visitors and other Orkeeswa School happenings.

The Communication Coordinator must have the ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse group of people, be effective and flexible under pressure, and represent IEFT, its mission and initiatives. It is a position in which you can use your creativity and develop your skills while gaining experience with an emerging grassroots program. It is very important that you are able to work independently and take initiative and ownership, as well collaborate as a strong team member.

In addition to the responsibilities of the position, it is important that you have the willingness and ability to be flexible and to cope with challenging living and working conditions in a developing country. Applicants must be able to live and work with little or no running water, unreliable electricity and a lack of Western amenities.

Important personal qualities:

  • Flexibility
  • Autonomy
  • Motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative


  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Media, Marketing or Public Relations
  • A minimum 1-year commitment is preferred, starting as soon as possible.
  • Photography and/or videography skills, as well as strong written and oral skills will be very helpful, as will editing capabilities.
  • Previous experience in a communications role

By working together with IEFT staff and volunteers, you will benefit from a real sense of global solidarity, lasting friendships, and the life changing impact of such a unique and meaningful experience. 

You will gain a deeper insight into a different culture and experience things that broaden your perspectives. Many volunteers and staff choose to spend their free time exploring some of East Africa's treasures, including safaris on the Serengeti Plain, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiking the Ngorongoro Crater, or relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar Island. Experience Tanzania's diverse indigenous cultures and traditions, distinct wildlife and breathtaking scenery!

There is no program fee to volunteer with IEFT, however candidates are required to cover their own expenses to get to Tanzania and while living in Tanzania, including round-trip airfare, the required Visa fees ($850 USD) and regular living expenses (food, travel, etc.). Volunteers that commit to at least one year are eligible for our stipend program; please inquire for more details. All volunteers are provided with shared housing.

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