Credit for Conservation Social Venture Development Intern – Port-au-Prince, Haiti


DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  September – December (flexible)

LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP:  3 months (flexible)



  • Mercy Corps responsibilities
    • Airfare
    • Housing accommodations (up to $1000 per month)
    • $600/month stipend
    • ISOS Emergency Med-Evac Coverage
    • In-country travel related to this internship
    • Workstation and computer in Mercy Corps office
    • Access to Mercy Corps online tools, materials and communication
  • Intern responsibilities
    • Entry visas, excess baggage fees, costs to and from home airport, and any other related expenses
    • Medical insurance coverage
    • Immunizations


Start date: immediate

Duration: three months


Mercy Corps helps communities develop their own ideas to solve Haiti’s most daunting problems by using innovative approaches to bring Haitians new social and economic opportunities and to make their country more secure, productive and just. Established in January 2010, Mercy Corps Haiti has offices in Port-au-Prince, Canaan, Arcahaie, and Mirgoane and more than 50 staff implementing programs in economic development and financial inclusion, agriculture and natural resource management, violence reduction, and humanitarian response.  Mercy Corps economic development work is guided by the principles of pro-poor development and demand-driven strategies. Mercy Corps takes a progressive approach to development that leads communities and entrepreneurs from relief to sustainable livelihoods to resilience.


Mercy Corps’ Credit for Conservation (CfC) program was successfully piloted to incentivize conservation work through access to credit to farmer solidarity groups (gwoupman) implementing Natural Resource Management and sustainable agricultural practices. CfC

encourages farmers to experiment with crop diversification, soil conservation, tree planting and agro-ecological practices. The CfC approach addresses environmental degradation, resilience to climatic shocks, low profitability of agricultural activities, the lack of extension services (information) and the lack of financial services available to upland farmers. Mercy Corps is now looking to scale up CfC nationally.  We are seeking an intern to assist the Haiti team in analysis, planning, and drafting of a business plan for the next five years that would allow the CfC program to provide extension and credit services through a profitable business model.  This person will need to have sufficient knowledge in how to develop a business plan, including financial sustainability plan, sources of income, financial projections, and risk analysis.  The intern will work with the Mercy Corps Haiti and HQ team to finalize the business plans, support proposals, and develop pitches to potential funders and potential CfC partners.  Mercy Corps is also planning to develop an insurance product, and the intern would be expected to participate in discussions on developing insurance and additional financial services.


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