Research and Development

Location of Job: 
Tzaneen, South Africa
28 Nov 2016
06 Jan 2017
About the organization: 

The Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) is a microfinance NGO, with over 140 000 clients, which alleviates poverty by enabling self-employment through micro-enterprise. It is dedicated to reaching the most disadvantaged in rural communities in South Africa and currently work in such communities in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Eastern Cape.

About the Job: 

The Small Enterprise Foundation is looking for interns with experience and interest in microfinance sector, social and economic development. Interns will be based at SEF's head office in Tzaneen, South Africa, but will also be required to visit staff and clients in rural areas for training, monitoring, and research. SEF provides all interns with 12 months internship contract compensation: stipend, accommodation and flight reimbursement.

Other opportunities exist to support SEF staff in the following areas:

  • Product design, testing, and evaluation;
  • Social Performance Management and reporting;
  • New technology implementation;
  • Organizational development and capacity building.


  • University degree in business, social sciences or related; graduate degree preferred;
  • Passion for and commitment to poverty alleviation; exposure to microfinance a plus;
  • Enthusiastic, resourceful, motivated, self-starter, fast-learner;
  • Exceptional written, communication and presentation skills (in English);
  • Diverse technical skills, including data analytics; database and/or advanced Excel experience a plus;
  • Quantitative and qualitative research experience (academic or professional);
  • Open-minded, culturally sensitive, and eager to learn and contribute;
  • Experience and skills in designing Financial Education for adults;
  • Experience or knowledge of SPM is a plus.                                                                                                                                                         
South Africa