IIP Placements in Madagascar
Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Incomes (SALOHI)
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
SALOHI is a food security program that is administered by USAID, Catholic Relief Services, Care International, and Land O’Lakes international. On May 19, 2009, USAID’s Office of Food For Peace (FFP) approved a Multi-Year Assistance Program (MYAP) designed to respond to severe chronic and transitory food insecurity in vulnerable communities in Madagascar. The Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Impact (SALOHI) program addresses the basic needs of 98,500 vulnerable households (approximately 492,500 people) in 120 rural communes in 21 districts and three urban centers in eastern and southern parts of the country. The two principal activities are 1) Health and Nutrition, which includes nutrition actions, child growth monitoring and promotion, rehabilitation of malnourished children, support to pregnant women, integrated management of childhood illness and information, education and communication behavior change projects; 2) Livelihoods, which includes farmer training, promotion of crop diversification, animal husbandry, crop processing and marketing, cooperative development, agribusiness and market studies and village savings and loan projects). IIP intern responsibilities may include: operational research on specific topics (adoption of intense rice culture systems, sustainability, malnutrition, community based food security monitoring with WFP and FEWSNET, etc.); data quality management, assessment, monitoring tools; field trips to identify best practices, lessons learned, success stories; developing communication tools (training modules, technical sheets, posters, etc.). SALOHI seeks innovative, creative, compassionate interns to help program staff improve program performance, ensure program quality, and communicate program results. This placement is ideal for IIP candidates interested in sustainable development and food security issues. French speaking skills and IT skills would be an asset. Three placements were created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
World Wildlife Fund Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean Program
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a non-profit organization that has become one of the largest environmental organizations in the world. There are more than 1,300 WWF conservation projects underway around the world, the vast majority of which focus on local issues. WWF teams up with local non-profit agencies and other global NGOs and forms relationships with village elders, local councils, and regional government offices. The major project of the Madagascar office is the Western Indian Ocean Marine Protected Areas Network Project, a program of the Indian Ocean Commission and implemented by WWF Madagascar and West Indian Program Office. The project’s overall goal is to contribute to the maintenance of the biodiversity and marine and coastal resources of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Eco-region through a coherent regional network of effectively managed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). To reach this goal, the project has four main components: the development of a regional strategy for biodiversity and marine resources management through an eco-regional approach; the support of existing and newly created marine protected areas (MPA); the development of a Regional Forum of MPA managers; and an awareness and communication program related to the importance of MPAs. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of WWF's work in Madagascar and the IIP intern's work this summer will have a specific focus on this milestone. IIP intern responsibilities may include translation, writing stories and web content, research for communication materials, video documentary development and editing, and social networking. IIP candidates should have interests in biology and journalism. Proficiency in French would be an asset, as would skills in writing, video-editing, and content management systems. One placement has been established for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.