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Placement Organization: MASS Design Group
Placement Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: American


About: MASS is a nonprofit design firm that leverages the design and building process for social change, improvements in health, and the creation of dignity. To do this, MASS partners with organizations that require these services and are committed to improving people’s lives. In Rwanda, MASS is focused on continuing to research, implement and advocate for innovative design strategies that heal communities, as well as building out the Rwandan operations in order to have a broader reach and greater impact within the East African region.

MASS is currently involved with policy work at the Ministry of Health, studio and intern mentorships at the nearby Kigali Institute of Science and Technology’s Architecture Department, the design and construction of several health care wards and facilities for partners such as Partners In Health, UNICEF and MASS General Hospital in Rwanda and Uganda.


Position Overview: MASS’s Research and Strategy fellowship will focus on supporting the operations and development teams as it continues to build out a successful arm of the global health design firm in East Africa. As MASS continues to grow it is looking for individuals with new disciplines which can add to the successful design and implementation of its projects. The fellow will be thrown into many new opportunities and have the chance to learn about the inner-workings of a growing international organization that operates alongside a variety of exciting partners, ranging from governmental ministries to international development agencies and small grassroots organizations.


Responsibilities: The Research and Strategy Fellow will work directly under managers and associates to help MASS meet the demanding deliverables of their fast-paced but rewarding work. Typical tasks include assisting in bookkeeping and budget management, writing grant proposals, creating new opportunities for business development, and working with researchers and designers to help them meet the needs of their projects. As this line of work can be extremely demanding, MASS is looking for candidates with great attitudes. Applicants should have an interest in the intersection of global health and design and be committed to working hard for the realization of MASS’s mission.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Business development/Interpersonal skills


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with graphic design software such as AdobeSuite
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Interest in global health
  • Prior experience working for an NGO or startup company


Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. Fellows will live in a separate living quarters at the MASS Office, located near downtown Kigali.