Background & Description

Bedari is a national level non- governmental, voluntary, development organization in Pakistan working with women and children for the promotion and protection of their human rights having its field offices in Chakwal, Lahore, Vehari, Muzaffargarh, Multan, Lodhran, Layyah & Sheikhupura. It started its activities in 1991. It got registered in 1992 under Societies Act 1860.

Bedari is currently implementing a project in district Layyah & Jamshoro being funded by Oxfam. The project aim is to contribute to poverty reduction, youth empowerment (especially of young women) and gender equality through the promotion of effective policies and practices which address the economic and gendered exclusion of youth, and lead to productive and decent employment and self-employment prospects for young women and men living in rural climate-change affected areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision Project Manager, the intern will specifically be required to: 

  • Draft content and schedule posts for Bedari social media accounts, e.g., Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Provide support in drafting news stories, updates, and case studies.
  • Provide support to youth in E-courses on various online platforms including Seekho Pakistan.
  • Provide support for the promotion of Innovation Hub Pakistan on social media.
  • Provide support in designing and producing multi-media graphics for social media.
  • Manage and engage with the Bedari audience on its social media platforms.
  • Assist in Designing Project-related IEC Material.
  • Any other task assign by the supervisor

Competencies

  • Passionate about digital communications and social media.
  • Detail-oriented and highly-organized.
  • Able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.
  • Eager to learn, open to, and applies constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the Bedari values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • A strong commitment to using the power of storytelling to engage and inspire audiences to take action.
Requirements and Skills

Education

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to Bedari internships must at the time of application of the following academic requirements:

  • Have graduated with a university degree In Computer science or IT.

Skills and Experience

  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal, and visual.
  • Strong social media knowledge and skills, including in creating engaging content; managing and monitoring different social media channels; maintaining influencer lists; and performing related tasks to increase Bedari audience and audience engagement.
  • Solid experience in creating written and visual content for high and effective engagement in social media platforms; 
  • Good designing skills and creative flair.
  • Strong research, analysis, and reporting skills.
  • Computer proficiency: excellent command of MS Office.
  • Familiarity with design software (In Design, Photoshop) a plus.
How to Apply

Interested candidates, please submit your CV with covering letter to cv@bedari.org.pk                                  

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All the rights related to the selection process are reserved with Bedari. The subject line should carry only the position title.

Bedari is an equal opportunity employer. Women, persons with disabilities, persons from different religions, and transgender with relevant qualifications are encouraged to apply.

The hiring Organization is committed to safeguarding children and adults –at- risk and will do all background checks before the appointment.

About Organization

Bedari is a national level non-governmental, voluntary, development organization in Pakistan working with women and children for the promotion and protection of their human rights. It started its activities in 1991. It got registered in 1992 under Societies Act 1860. Its registration number is RS/ICT/155. It established Pakistan’s first crisis centre for women survivors of violence. In the past 22 years, it has developed expertise on issues of gender empowerment, addressing violence against women and children, and processes of attitudinal change.

Bedari’s Genesis

In a society that blames women for whatever goes wrong in a relationship, family or society, it is extremely difficult for them to raise their voice against the manipulation and abuse that they go through in their own homes.  As a result, innumerable incidents of mental torture, rape, incest and domestic violence go unreported. Those few women who do break the silence and seek help are usually driven by desperate and intolerable circumstances. Even for those few, the society provides no appropriate means of immediate or longer term assistance.

The lack of support to women in difficult situations results in many returning to the same unbearable circumstances that they had tried to escape from. Alone, isolated, no productive assets and with no one really to turn to, many women continue to tolerate all sorts of injustices and harsh treatment in their homes, in their job situations, in public and in the society as a whole. It was the urgent need for providing help and support to women in Pakistani society that led a group of professional women to initiate Bedari (Awakening) in 1991.

Bedari’s Evolution

Bedari started as a small organization with no regular staff. It relied entirely on the time and efforts of volunteers for the achievement of its objectives. It continued to work in this mode with only one office assistant working as full-time employee. The lawyers, psychologists, doctors – all were working as volunteers. Bedari supported around 1000 women in distress every year.

As the demand from other areas grew, so did the workload, which made Bedari rethink its methodology. It became difficult to continue working with a large number of volunteers with fluctuating availability. Bedari constantly received new volunteers to replace old ones, but still it was not matching the demand. This situation led to the realization that there was a serious need to redesign the strategy. In 2006, the process for redesigning started.

Now Bedari has a formal, paid full-time working staff that has a support from a wide network of volunteers. It is establishing partnerships with donors to execute various projects with specific objectives. It has not dissociated itself from its past. Discrimination and violence against women remain core subjects. However, it has expanded its wings to other areas which affect women’s condition in the society. These include education, economic empowerment and formulation of explicit laws and their implementation to safeguard women’s rights.

Today Bedari is working more vigorously on these issues. Moreover, it has expanded its geographic coverage from Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Chakwal, Attock, Jhelum, Muzaffargarh, Vehari, Multan, and Lahore. It continues to rely on volunteers, but has a skeleton staff as well.