Mali: Storytelling Fellow

Organization: Mali Health Organizing Project
Country: Mali
Closing date: 01 Mar 2017

Mali Health seeks a Storytelling Fellow to be based in Bamako to coordinate the ways we describe and report on our work, so we can build stronger connections between US audiences and our work on the ground in Mali.

Reports to: National Director and Executive Director
Location: Bamako, Mali
Start Date & Duration: Position open, minimum commitment of 1 year, with opportunities for renewal

About Us

We are a nonprofit organization working to improve maternal and child health in peri-urban communities in Bamako, Mali. We help mothers and children access high-quality primary care while working with communities and the health system to improve the way that care is delivered at the community level.

Position Description

Working from Mali Health’s Bamako office, the Fellow will manage several responsibilities related to communicating our impact and telling the story of our work. In doing so, you will help us to secure the resources we need to continue supporting the women and children in our programs. Through effective storytelling, you’ll help to demonstrate the fundamental links between our staff, the families in our programs, and the supporters who make our work possible.

The Fellow’s work will involve building the processes and infrastructure to help our staff communicate in meaningful and compelling ways. As a member of the Bamako team, you will work closely with all program staff to understand their work, and help them integrate storytelling and reporting into their responsibilities. You will spend a significant amount of time in the communities we serve in Bamako.


  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of all Mali Health programs and the communities we serve
  • Lead communication tasks, including collecting and creating content for social media, blog posts, etc.
  • Train and support staff in collecting and communicating stories
  • Collect content to build a story library
  • Assist in the creation of communications materials, including the Annual Report
  • Assist as needed in the preparation of grant reports, monthly progress reports, or evaluation reporting
  • Any other duties assigned by National or Executive Director, or that may be of interest to the Fellow

Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Professional proficiency in French and English
  • Experience working in resource-poor and cross-cultural settings, particularly in West Africa
  • Ability to work and thrive in a professional, but non-American, work environment
  • Flexibility, adaptability and a strong appreciation of cultural differences
  • Audio and video production skills, graphic design, or other storytelling techniques is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree; preference for candidates with experience in public health, communications, marketing, journalism, documentary studies, or related fields


Mali Health will provide housing and a modest stipend during the fellowship. Other benefits include 4 weeks of vacation, medevac insurance and international development experience.

How to apply:

If interested in this position, please send your resume and a collection of compelling stories or content you have prepared to by March 1st. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Executive Director Tara Hopkins at

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