The Water Project’s reporting is the heart of critical relationships among community members in sub-Saharan Africa, local NGO partners, US based TWP staff, and donors who are looking for ways to contribute to just, contextually appropriate solutions to the global water crisis. For us, reports tell stories of human strength and dignity, and reports point to the power of people who build networks of trust necessary for true development. Furthermore, The Water Project has found reporting to be an effective and necessary tool within our monitoring and evaluation system because our reporting process integrates the voice and insight of individuals and communities on the ground in the areas we serve.
Quickly learn The Water Project’s specific reporting format.
Write a high volume of reports in Google Docs and/or Microsoft Word and Wordpress.
Proofread and edit reports written by others for publication on The Water Project website.
Edit and format pictures for reports and other organizational applications.
Post reports to The Water Project website.
Work with multiple informational platforms.
Who You Are
You are a writer
You love the power of language and communicate clearly through your writing. You are able to refine information and write as a journalist, biographer, and a story-teller. You cherish taking a new friend by the hand and leading them through a hidden passageway into a world that stretches their previous worldview categories with your words. You can be creative, clear, and concise. You are excited about the challenge of being a composer of words that communicate data effectively.
You are a quick learner
You advocate for the goals, vision, and core values of The Water Project and can craft a report that accentuates organizational objectives. You learn formatting quickly, for writing and for photos. You are able to tell the big picture story through the specific lens of a community in Kenya, Uganda, or Sierra Leone. The beauty is in the details and you are excited to learn and share the details about every community represented in these reports. In both report-writing and in office relationships you are observant and discerning.
You can proofread and edit
Your a carful reeder who can spot spelling and grammatical errors in anything that comes acrost you’re desk or computer screen: you realize that its not a glamorous job but one thats real important for affective communication. We can all use another set of eyes on the stuff we right. If this paragraph makes you cringe, your probly up to the task.
You are open to constructive criticism
You recognize that the report is not about you. You trust your team enough to make changes to your work. You also trust your team enough to bring your gifts, ideas, and creativity to the table. You are a good listener and are committed to making our shared work a little bit better. You are a team player that appreciates the skills of others.
You ask questions and welcome collaboration. You are brave enough to speak up when something seems a bit off in a report. You are comfortable working with computers. You are able to share information via email, Slack, Google Docs, Dropbox, and can learn other communication platforms too. You make sure that no report falls through the cracks, and if/when it does, you have the courage to communicate so that we can address the problem as a team.
You are reliable
You realize that the work of The Water Project depends on the reliability of people and parts, from a seal in a hand-pump to the person who consistently gets the job done. You play an important role in an organization committed to addressing the global water crisis and find value in fulfilling these commitments. You show up and you get ‘er done. When you type, you type like the wind.
You love to tell the stories of others
You get excited about the success of others. You are motivated by people who face intense obstacles in life and find a way to persevere. You are inspired by both possibilities and realities of what people can do and become when they are no longer suffering from waterborne sickness and when they are not required to spend hours every day finding water. You look for and find the positive in people and you believe that the world can learn so very much from the heros in the communities where we are involved. You have a keen eye for examples of humanity at its best, yet you are wary of overgeneralization and romanticization of others. You strive to bring attention to the voices of people who are seldom heard.