Operation Smile South Africa Corporate Partnerships Research Intern Vacancy In South Africa


Operation Smile South Africa Corporate Partnerships Research Intern Vacancy In South Africa

Operation Smile South Africa Corporate Partnerships Research Intern Vacancy In South Africa | Opportunity closing date:

Friday, 19 November, 2021
Opportunity type:

Operation Smile is a global nonprofit organisation that provides free life changing surgery to children and adults suffering with facial deformities, more specifically cleft lips and/or cleft palates.


Operation Smile South Africa seeks to appoint a Corporate Partnerships Research Intern to be based in Cape Town.

Operation Smile’s fundraising team are growing their capacity for new business. This vital role will help the team deliver their corporate fundraising strategy by supporting new business development through research and outreach.

Report to: Development Coordinator

Accountable to: Executive Director

Hours: 9am to 5pm,  Monday to Friday with a flexible approach to the working week

Salary: R10,000 per month

Start Date: 17 January 2022. This will be a 3 month contract

Key Relationships: National and global donors and Operation Smile colleagues across the organisation


  • Learn about new business processes and methods for identifying and approaching potential corporate donors
  • Research new business sectors and companies with a view to securing income across a range of corporate partnership fundraising mechanics including strategic partnerships, charity of the year, cause-related marketing and employee engagement
  • Support the management of corporate prospects through a business development pipeline
  • Play an active role in written proposal development
  • Play an active role in the Development Coordinator’s preparations for client meetings
  • Provide support with corporate pitches or client presentations and contribute at client meetings whenever possible
  • Research suitable networking events for the Development Coordinator to attend
  • Whenever required, provide support to the Development Coordinator with their account management of current corporate partners, with the intention of maximizing both income and awareness of Operation Smile’s work around the world.
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  • Graduate in relevant field

Knowledge/  Skills:

  • Excellent research skills and ability to summarise information
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including relationship building, influencing, inspiring and negotiating with a wide range of people, using tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Able to work from remote location as well as our Cape Town office
  • Excellent IT skills including use of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point


  • Understanding of business plans and sales techniques
  • Canva software experience

Personal skills:

  • Interest in International Development and global health issues
  • Strong inter-personal skills and willingness to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Enthusiastic ‘can do’ approach
  • Excellent networking and relationship management skills
  • Ability to match communication style with the needs of supporters
  • Has a hands-on approach and conducts themselves in a professional manner
  • Approachable and good listening skills
  • Ability to manage own time
  • Proven ability to work effectively under pressure
  • A good planner with analytical and problem-solving ability
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Applicants to email CV and motivational letter to careersSA@operationsmile.org

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