Terms of Reference

Internship position
Data and Information Management

The assignment is for 2 months, starting from approximately August 1st, 2019.

This is a part-time position, that will be a combination of home-based and in-office work at TCF’s offices in St. James, Port of Spain. A flexible work schedule will be tailored based on personal requirements.

This position is unpaid.



The Cropper Foundation (TCF) has partnered with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and United Way Trinidad and Tobago (UWTT) to develop a Community Indicator System under the Data for Local SDG Action programme of the IISD.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) rely on data collected for each of the 17 Goals to assess how much progress has been made—and what remains to be done before 2030. This data can identify strengths or areas for improvement in communities. It helps communities with similar challenges share experiences, collaborate, and validate their progress—whether those communities are in the same country or across the world. Donors and development partners can use this data to identify priorities, track impact and identify new partners.

Community Indicator Systems (CIS) are online platforms that turn this data into accessible, interactive displays for leaders and community members to track issues that matter locally. IISD has developed a customizable, open source platform to collect and visualize indicator data on well-being using maps, graphs and charts. Informed by community members’ stated priorities, CIS platforms empower communities to collect and use data that connects their well-being to the SDGs.

This “localization” of the SDGs turns abstract global targets into actionable local goals. Being able to observe the local and global impact of their efforts gives community members ownership and control of development action, stimulating and sustaining a willingness to engage.


TCF is seeking to engage university-level interns in the compilation of available and credible data to support the community indicator categories, while providing opportunities for first-hand experience in SDG action, indicator development and development communication.


The specific duties and responsibilities of an intern will include:

  1. Identification of available data at the CIS category level, including but not limited to, national surveys; state, private sector and civil society project reports; and academic studies;
  2. Assistance in the development of indicator and category clusters with a focus on integrating SDGs and nationally relevant themes and issues (eg Vision 2030);
  3. Support the finalization of meta data and uploading of data sets on the CIS online platform.


Education: At minimum pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited academic institution in a field related to data science, development studies, economics, environmental management or the social sciences.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong academic track record.
  • Comfortable with data management and data gathering.
  • Experience in Internet-based research
  • High level of computer literacy (Excel, Word).
  • Experience with online web-based platforms (WordPress)
  • Basic understanding of GIS
  • Proven analytical and report writing skills are advantageous.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to do research
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to work within deadlines
  • Maturity, initiative, tact and high sense of responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team


Please submit a cover letter (be creative) and resume detailing your interest and experience to Omar Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer, at info@thecropperfoundation.org. You may also send any inquiries to the same.