Donor Tracker Working Student

Do you want to build a career in sustainable development? Address the world's most pressing challenges to create sustainable impact?

Join SEEK Development as a Donor Tracker Working Student.

About SEEK Development and the Donor Tracker

SEEK Development is a strategic and organizational consulting group dedicated to global human development and social impact. We are driven by the aspiration to strengthen the system of global development, as well as the key actors shaping it so that they are best positioned to collectively tackle the world's toughest problems. We work primarily in the fields of global health, education, development finance, global financing architecture for development, humanitarian assistance, and donor analytics. SEEK's portfolio of services includes strategy and policy development, organizational effectiveness and change management, leadership and governance, programmatic evaluations, and strategic advocacy. 

As part of our work, SEEK operates the Donor Tracker platform. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Donor Tracker seeks to unlock advocacy potential in 14 major Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor countries by providing global development advocates with free access to high-level strategic information to support their work. Monitoring and analyzing about 80% of the world's official development assistance, or ODA, the Donor Tracker provides insights on strategic priorities, funding trends, decision making, budgeting, and an outlook into future spending priorities. 

We are hiring a Donor Tracker Working Student to work 20 hours per week as a key member of our editorial and communications and social media teams. The successful candidate will be a very strong, experienced writer, passionate about sustainable development and social impact, and able to communicate complex ideas and findings concisely to an informed audience.

Main responsibilities:

  • Edit submissions from expert consultants in 14 countries on major political events in the development space to be compiled in a weekly report, disseminated to over 2,000 subscribers at the top levels of government, major international organizations, media outlets, and civil society groups; contribute content to regular newsletters and other publications including analysis of policy trends, based on the monitoring of weekly policy updates 

  • Co-develop and independently leverage Donor Tracker and SEEK Development social media campaigns on LinkedIn and Twitter, promoting the firm's products and engaging with peer organizations and stakeholders online to actively grow SEEK and the Donor Tracker's online presence and thought leadership

  • Support editorial and communications team in background research for in-house 'Insights' pieces, analyzing donor finance and policy in the sectors of global health, climate, education, gender equality, nutrition, and/or agriculture

  • Support Donor Tracker team with ad-hoc tasks as needed​​​​

Requirements: 

  • Fluent English speaker with 3+ years of previous professional experience in journalism or editorial and written communications work; previous work experience in a political organization, NGO, think tank, or consulting firm an asset 

  • Current student earning an advanced degree in political science, international relations, economics, or related field, with a strong knowledge of the broad global development agenda, including the sustainable development goals; sectoral expertise in global health, climate, education, gender equality, nutrition, and/or agriculture an asset 

  • Strong writer and highly organized worker with superb attention to editorial detail; able to work independently, managing tasks from multiple workstreams and managers

  • Digital native with demonstrated experience using social media platforms for business and designing and implementing professional campaigns across LinkedIn and Twitter; experience with graphic design tools, such as InDesign, an asset

What SEEK offers 

  • A unique chance to drive social impact in a fast-growing global development consultancy with an entrepreneurial spirit, and to rapidly build knowledge of global development policy and advocacy

  • International work environment and clients

  • Passionate, dynamic, and values-driven team of colleagues in constant search of excellence

  • Career development opportunities 

Join our team! 

To apply, please submit your application (cover letter, resume, writing sample, references) to recruiting@seekdevelopment.org with "SEEK- Donor Tracker working student/+[your surname]" in the subject line. Please note your earliest possible start date. We will screen applications on a rolling basis; selected candidates will be invited for a multistage interview process.

The selected candidate will begin as soon as possible and work through December of 2021, with the possibility to continue based on performance and organizational demand. The position is paid.

For further information about the role or application process, please contact Kalila Jaeger at Kjaeger@seekdevelopment.org.