TTLF Fellow


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Applications for the Winter 2011-2012 fellow are now closed. Applications for the Summer 2012-2013 fellow are now open. Information also found at


Touching Tiny Lives Foundation (TTLF), a U.S.-based NGO, seeks a 2012-2013 "summer" Fellow to oversee operations at its sister organization Touching Tiny Lives (TTL) starting in summer 2012. The fellowship will last one year in length and will be based on location at TTL in Mokhotlong, Lesotho.


In the Mokhotlong district of Lesotho, HIV and AIDS are ravaging the community. With HIV rates near 30%, Lesotho is at the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic. Life expectancy has dropped dramatically, and rates of associated infections, such as TB, are soaring. Largely as a result of this epidemic, some estimates suggest that there are as many as 100,000 orphans in Lesotho. Many other children have contracted HIV from their mothers. In too many tragic cases, children in Mokhotlong district are both orphaned and HIV positive.

Touching Tiny Lives (TTL) is a local charitable trust dedicated to helping children under five years of age affected by HIV/AIDS. Managed and staffed by local women and men, the organization has served over six hundred clients since beginning work in 2004, and currently provides life-saving support to over 125 children and pregnant mothers.

TTL employs a unique and highly successful model consisting of three integrated programs. At the core of the Touching Tiny Lives model is an outreach program that supports children in their homes by providing nutritional, medical, and educational support. A complementary PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission) program works with pregnant mothers to prevent transmissions to newborns. Finally, TTL operates a safehouse in Mokhotlong where the most severely malnourished and sick children are rehabilitated – a final safety-net for the most vulnerable.


The TTLF Fellow will work to support the operations and management of TTL in Lesotho, communicate with donors and supporters in the United States, and implement projects that contribute towards the mission of TTL and TTLF. The Fellow will report to both the Managing Director (M.D.) of Touching Tiny Lives (TTL) in Lesotho and to the board of directors of the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation (TTLF), based in the United States and Canada. 


Though there is no salary for the Fellowship, the Fellow will receive the following compensation:

• Travel stipend up to $2000 – Passage to and from Lesotho at the beginning and end of the Fellow’s term.

• Health insurance reimbursement up to $1000 – Special consideration may be made for successful candidates who require more comprehensive health insurance.

• Free housing on TTL campus in Mokhotlong

• Living stipend to cover routine daily expenses in Mokhotlong – Currently $600/month

• Reintegration payment of $2500 upon completion of Fellow’s term


1. Assisting M.D. in monitoring, evaluation and implementation of Outreach and PMTCT activities in Mokhotlong and Thaba Tseka. 
2. Assisting M.D. in general management of daily activities at the safe-house, and responding to emergencies at safe-house during non-business hours. 
3. Assisting M.D. in writing reports and proposals for existing and prospective donors. 
4. Working with M.D. to review financial reports and accounting, including preparation of TTL Annual Budget, and annual TTL Audited Statement 
5. Representing TTL and/or TTLF at local meetings in Mokhotlong and throughout Lesotho. 
6. Assisting M.D. with decisions regarding hiring and recruitment and the implementation of these decisions.
7. Providing whatever support required by the changing conditions at TTL. This may, at times, includes tasks such as data entry or office administration. 
8. Coordinating and managing TTLF’s independent initiatives in Lesotho. 
9. Coordinating, managing and hosting TTLF sponsored volunteer and academic service programs. 
10. Maintaining ongoing communication with the TTLF Executive Committee and Board 
11. Participating in the selection process of future fellows upon return to the U.S


The IDEAL candidate will have the following qualifications:

• Willing to commit to at least one full year in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. 
• At least 2 years of professional experience; 
• Interest in pediatric HIV/AIDS, public health, or other related field; 
• Entrepreneurial spirit with managerial capabilities; 
• High level of detail and organization, and ability to carry projects through to completion; 
• Comfortable living in a remote location - often in isolating circumstances and often in community with other volunteers; 
• Experience working in low resource settings or the social sector; 
• Experience working in Africa a plus; 
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience; advanced degree welcomed


Married or common law couples are encouraged to apply.


Please submit resume with cover letter to Cover letter should not exceed 400 words (Contact name: Dan Block). No phone calls please. The Touching Tiny Lives Foundation is an equal opportunity agency and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds. The application period is currently open. The final day to submit an application will be May 15, 2012. The ideal start time will be September 1st, 2012, but we are somewhat flexible in this regard. Please note, due to the high volume of applications expected; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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