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Organisation Supporting Disadvantaged Children and Local Families

Affordable Accommodation
Cambodia

3- 6 Months

Our partner is an independent NGO established after a visit to the country left a deep impression on the founder. The organisations main purpose is to provide education, healthcare and sports to children to enable stability and independence.

Through their different programmes the organisation is helping an estimated number of 500 Khmer youth, children and their families.

The organisation has received three AfID volunteers. The previous volunteers have; implemented Quickbooks and written comprehensive procedures and instructions for all aspects of operating the system, documented multiple processes for handling and helped formalise the cash reconciliation process.

Your role as the fourth AfID volunteer will include leading the Finance team made of 2 full members of staff and one part time and provide day- to-day support to the accountants; train them and the rest of team on NGO accounting, bookkeeping & processes; professionalise the system and processes started by previous volunteers and implement a budgeting process and train them on how to track funds efficiently.

Finance and Accounting training in Cambodia is minimum as such the vision of our partner is that with the support of a long-term volunteer they can invest in local people by training the accountants to develop as people and professionals.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation in a volunteer house for a very affordable rate.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Cambodia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Providing Affordable Higher Education Opportunities [541]

Flights & Stipend
Rwanda

6- 9 Months

Our partner grew out of a program which started in 2004 to assist orphaned children with obtaining higher education; the programme provided scholarships to over 200 students over its 11 year history.

In 2013 the Board of Directors had the opportunity to partner with a US based University and this is how our partner was born. They now have 300 students studying in Rwanda for an American qualification. Their aim is to keep the cost of education low whilst providing a quality experience. The students pay close to the same amount they would at the National University of Rwanda but receive an internationally recognised degree and employment support. In 2015 they opened a campus in a refugee camp, it began with 25 students and they are hoping to add 25-30 students every year.

You will be the first volunteer on assignment at this partner and your role will be akin to undertaking an internal audit of their accounting & financial management systems, making and implementing recommendations on best practice based on the complexity of their finances, the resources available to the organisation and skillset of the local staff.

They are working with an accountant based in the US whose role is mainly supervisory, whilst this set up has helped to address some elements of their need, they would really benefit from an experienced individual spending sustained period of time in Rwanda assessing and implementing proper accounting & finance controls, developing their systems, developing policy manuals and building the capacity of local staff.

Our partner will cover the cost of your flights and offer a stipend to cover the cost of accommodation and living costs.

As the cost of flights and accommodation are covered, please note that this assignment will incur a surcharge fee. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation supporting Underprivileged Children

Homestay option
Nepal

2 - 4 Weeks

One of AfID’s longstanding partners, started off as an organisation supporting education of underprivileged children.

Since formation their programmes have extended to address issues such as lack of family income to support children’s education, domestic and gender-based violence and psychosocial problems arising from the civil war. Since the earthquake in Nepal, they have been participating in relief efforts.
 
You will be the tenth volunteer on assignment with this partner. Past volunteers have undertaken an assessment of their accounting systems, processes and controls, helped them move from a manual accounting system to QuickBooks, and coached the accountant on day-to-day accounting as well as financial management.
 
Your role as the tenth AfID volunteer will be to continue building the skills of the finance assistant to improve her confidence of day to day tasks and ability to manage the finance function in the absence of the finance coordinator.
 
The partner also need support in finalising the annual reports due at the end of July. If time allows they would like you to look at the financial part of grant proposals and read through their reports to make sure they are written correctly.
 
Our partner also works with sister organisations. Two of them are based in Pokhara or in nearby towns. Your role will include visiting the organisations in Pokhara and nearby to make an assessment of their current situation and if required provide technical support for a day or two.
All our past volunteers stayed in the Director’s home (for a very small fee) for the duration of their assignment and had a very immersive experience. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay. This will be available for the next volunteer on assignment with this partner.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Nepal, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Healthcare INGO providing urgent medical care [539]

Flights, Accommodation & All Expenses
Kenya

5 - 8 Weeks

Our partner is a recognised healthcare INGO who have a range of programmes to meet the healthcare needs of people globally.
 
This ranges from providing urgent medical care in conflict/emergency situations, working with refugees to offer them mental support, and strengthening health systems in countries in West Africa.
 
One of the organisation’s current focuses is a famine relief programme which comes at a time when they have only begun implementing programmes directly, rather than through partners. The nascent unit does not have a functioning financial management system. They are seeking someone with experience in international development, and an understanding of establishing and managing accounting systems during a humanitarian crisis. The role will broadly be two-fold: to set up accounting & financial management systems for their famine relief programme, and secondly more generally to adapt the organisation's procedures within the Kenyan context.
 
This placement would involve site visits to offices/partners in Nairobi, Lamu and Isiolo. For this placement, the partner would cover the cost of flights, accommodation and visa as well as expenses relating to vaccinators, anti-malarials, travel insurance, in country transport and will offer a per diem allowance of £10 / day for meals.
 
As flights and accommodation are covered, please note that this assignment will incur a surcharge fee. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Promoting Sustainable Recycling Solutions

Affordable Accommodation
Cambodia

3- 6 Weeks

Our partner are an NGO working to help protect the environment and public health in Cambodia. They work with partners in the hospitality industry to help them reduce the environmental and social impact of tourism on the industry.

They run a number of recycling projects including:

Biodiesel Project - converting used cooking oil into a clean diesel fuel replacement

Hygiene Soap – making environmentally friendly soap from the glycerine by-product which they give to NGO partners to use in their hygiene products with children. They are starting a project to distribute free soap to approximately 10,000 Cambodian families every month.

Recycling Workshops – providing training on how to reduce single use plastic, how to make their own paper which can then be sold to hotel customers.

They also have recycling facilities on site and collect waste plastics, paper and food.

The organisation are re- registering as a Social Enterprise in Cambodia and have requested the support of an AfID volunteer to help ensure they are complying with payroll and tax requirements. They are also starting some new projects related to paper recycling and soap production and require help building financial models to inform marketing and pricing decisions.

They are able to recommend affordable accommodation near to the office.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Cambodia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Social Enterprise Using Sport to Change Lives [540]

Flights, Accommodation & Stipend
Lesotho

6 Months +

Our partner is a sports- based social enterprise dedicated to changing the lives of young people in Lesotho through development activities focused on health, education and support towards sustainable livelihoods.

Their flagship programme is an academy providing vulnerable children and young people with intensive academic support, football coaching and character development. They have helped support participants obtain student- athlete scholarships at international universities. They also run a number of social enterprises- a restaurant, hotel and conference centre, to help support the project.

The current finance director is leaving the organisation and they are seeking a volunteer to take on the role on a pro bono basis. They are coming to the end of a number of their grant- based programmes and therefore do not have the funding to recruit and retain a salaried member of staff.

On this assignment you will help to maintain effective systems and financial procedures to guide the organisation’s financial management and decision- making. You will also help to manage the day to day finances including accounting, making payments and running payroll.

Our partner will be able to cover the costs of your flights, provide accommodation in their volunteer house and offer a monthly stipend. 

As flights and accommodation are covered, please note that this assignment will incur a surcharge fee. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Providing Orthopaedic Care

Accommodation Provided
Ghana

1- 2 Months

Our partner is an Orthopaedic centre. It was established in 1961 as a centre for children with polio, now that polio is eradicated in Ghana they have become a general rehabilitation centre.

They currently run a number of broad programmes including an orthopaedic clinic and workshop where they manufacture and repair orthopaedic appliances such as shoes, prosthesis, braces and artificial legs, arms & splints. A residential home that offers rehabilitation to babies, children and adult amputees who usually stay at the home for 3-6 months. They also run a mobile orthopaedic unit which tours the country on a regular basis providing support to those unable to visit the Centre.

Your role will be akin to conducting an internal audit, assessing the organisations accounting processes & systems and financial controls, and making & implementing recommendations on best practice depending on the complexity of the accounting, resources available to the organisation and skillset of the local staff.

Our partner feel that they would benefit from strengthening of their internal controls and financial management processes. You will assist them with creating a better monitoring system for their receipts and invoices; their finance function has grown organically, and they would appreciate an external professional reviewing their systems and advise them on efficiencies and best practice. You will also provide support in budget creation and monitoring and assist with better inventory and stock management.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation in one of their volunteer houses.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Ghana, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Empowering women through micro-finance business incubators

Accommodation
Cambodia

2 Months

Our partner is a social enterprise who extend the microfinance model to include a business incubator element – to loan money and help make small businesses robust.

Our partners’ role is to train the entrepreneurs for business - offering advisory and mentoring in product design, development & marketing, product launch, business development, and operations. They have three businesses at present: weaving, health & wellbeing products and a farming cooperative.
 
You will be the second AfID volunteer on assignment with this organisation. The first AfID volunteer supported them for 2 months from mid-January this year. His focus was to create a a simple day to day stock system, detailing finished stock balances and developing simple sales / profit reports. The main challenge was making the front end (data entry) as simple as possible, without excessive complexity in the background. The volunteer suggested that over the next 12 month our partner should move towards an accounting software like Quickbooks, and well as the introduction of a barcode reader for data entry, which once set up, should potentially run smoothly.
 
The organisation would benefit from your support with reviewing work to date, including the two working models and deciding the most appropriate version. In addition to evolving the system, you will roll out the spreadsheet, train the staff and resolve any malfunctions. If possible they would like you to do two month ends, as that should resolve any operational/ system problems.
 
The partner have offered to provide accommodation in a local homestay.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Cambodia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Protecting Child Rights

Accommodation Provided
Philippines

4- 6 Weeks

Our partner are a well-established child protection and child rights organisation running a number of programmes in the Philippines.

They have four broad programmes:

Temporary Shelter Programme: This is one year rehabilitation residential programme for street children aged 10-14 years, using creative arts and offering psychosocial support.

Advocacy & Capacity Building: They raise awareness about and address taboo issues such as child sex abuse and exploitation. Through their advocacy programme they develop networks of organisations so that collectively they are able to have more impact on child protection issues. They have also developed training materials to build the capacity of local law enforcers, social workers and advocates.

Community Assistance Programme: Provides scholarships to local children to encourage them to attend school, have a school feeding programmes & offer crisis intervention.

Environmental Awareness Programme: Creates awareness among local youth and their parents about the beauty of the place they inhabit and its fragility. As part of this, they sail out with local students to expose them to and educate them on the various marine life & habitats.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. Your role will be akin to conducting an internal review of their current systems, procedures and controls, and making and starting to implement recommendations for best practise.

The senior management feel that the organisation are in a constant state of transition. Their biggest challenge has been to recruit and retain qualified and experienced staff members. As part of your placement you will help assess the skillset of local staff and help them determine what tasks can be retained in- house and what task (if any, especially around financial management) will need to be outsourced.

Time permitting, you will also work with the programmes staff and help to improve their understanding of budget creation and management, and reporting.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation within their office compound and provide all meals and snacks.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case the Philippines, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Organisation Improving Educational Opportunities for Children

Affordable Accommodation
Cambodia

3- 8 Weeks

Our partner registered as an NGO in 2011 and are now linked to the Cambodian Ministry of Education. Their projects aim to support parents and care givers through creating a secure environment, improving the standard of living and educational opportunities for their children.

In the area, many families migrate to Thailand for work and take their children out of schools for long periods of time. Without the means to catch up, many of these children drop out altogether at an early age. Our partner works to support these school dropouts.

They support local schools and help them to develop and build their capacity, focusing on inclusive education, effective teaching, child protection and safety, gender equality, community engagement and education and effective school management. They also fund repairs, top up resources, promote library management and methods of retaining frequents or likely drop outs.

Their other main project is Supplementary Classes, in which they provide free extra classes for those living in poor areas. The topics include maths, Khmer, English, IT, sports and life skills. They also offer meals and provide school uniforms. The classes are delivered by volunteer University students who are trained to be Community Educators.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner and as such your role will involve conducting an internal audit of their accounting systems, procedures and controls. You will make and start to implement recommendations for best practise.

They have asked that you provide training to the finance team, Executive Director and project staff, this will include providing coaching on Quickbooks. You will also help them to prepare for future external audits.

Our partner will be able to recommend suitable accommodation nearby.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Cambodia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Supporting Rural Communities

Accommodation Available
Ecuador

2- 4 Weeks

Our partner works to ensure healthy communities and a healthy natural environment in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They were founded with the aim of improving the opportunities available to rural children living in this culturally and ecologically diverse and unique region.

Their primary initiative is to support local school with less opportunities than city schools through their Education program. They also run an Eco- Agriculture program that provides support to school and community gardens.

On this assignment you will conduct an internal review of their existing accounting systems, policies and controls, make and start implementing recommendations for best practice. They currently use WAVE- a free basic accounting software, they would like support in using it more efficiently in particular around recording and processing expenses.

They have also requested support with budgeting and donor reporting as they don’t have a formal system in place. Our partner has a community centre which also serves as a community bank. They would like to receive guidance on how to manage the bank and the possibility of helping a community develop cacao related products and periodic workshops and courses.

Accommodation is available at a volunteer house (dormitory style) or nearby guesthouses.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Ecuador, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Organisation Providing Cardiac Care in Rwanda

Accommodation Provided
Rwanda

2- 4 Weeks

Our partner is a non- profit medical organisation focusing on bringing sustainable cardiac care to Rwanda. They started out by sending surgeons from the US to Rwanda once a year to carry out heart surgery; a year round presence began in 2013.

The organisation now work in partnership with the Rwandan ministry of Health and the Rwandan Heart Foundation. They are currently building a regional centre of excellence in cardiac care, offering services which include cardiac surgery, a heart catheterisation lab, rehabilitation and prevention, and research and education on cardiac care.

Alongside providing healthcare services they also deliver training to strengthen the local workforce. Advocacy efforts aim to reduce poverty and empower patients and a growing patient support fund gives vulnerable children access to these services.

They are a young organisation with limited resources and structure however, they have a committed and resourceful team who are eager to learn and develop. Your role will involve helping to strengthen their financial processes, develop a robust cost and time effective accounting system and prepare them for future expansion.

As the first AfID volunteer you will conduct an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls and make and implement recommendations for best practise. They have requested that you focus on cash flow forecasting and monitoring, budgeting and reporting procedures. You will also create a procedures manual and coach them in how to prepare annual finance statements.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation in their visitor house.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Rwanda, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Organisation Supporting Indigenous Forestry Communities

Affordable Accommodation
Bolivia

4- 8 Weeks

Our partner’s mission is to strengthen the technical, administrative, organisational and commercial capacities of community forestry organisations to ensure sustainable management of forest resources in indigenous territories.

Their programmes include inclusion of communities’ proposals in national public policy, building capacities to do good business with private forestry companies and improving transparency to design and implement effective mechanisms for accountability and distribution of resources in communities. So far their efforts have had a significant impact on creating jobs and driving the local economy, overseeing activities to prevent deforestation and supporting indigenous populations to exercise their rights.

You will be the first AfID volunteer at this partner and as such part of your role will be to conduct an internal review of their existing accounting systems, policies and controls, making and starting to implement recommendations for best practice.

They have requested support in making their systems, processes and controls more formal and efficient but also more visible and accountable to their members and communities. Your support will also be required in the elaboration of financial reporting, and asset management.

The partner will be able to help you find suitable accommodation.

Spanish is required for this assignment.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Bolivia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Organisation Supporting Communities in Rural Northern Malawi [527]

Flights, Accommodation & Visa
Malawi

3-6 Months

Our partner is committed to providing an infrastructure to support Malawian families facing financial and humanitarian hardship irrespective of religious orientation. Their mission has led the organisation to develop a microfinance programme that supports local entrepreneurs.

Our partner began in the UK as a way of raising funds to implement community-based projects for the people living in an area called Nkhata Bay North, on the shores of Lake Malawi. The organisation have now expanded and work in rural areas across Northern Malawi and are committed to providing education, health and agri-foresty support to the region.
 
This role is with a longstanding AfID partner who have previously received six AfID volunteers who have all contributed greatly to the organisation’s finance office in Malawi. Past work by volunteers had sought to strengthen accounting and financial management processes in the organisation by helping develop budgets, streamlining Quickbooks and improving basic bookkeeping. For a number of years the organisation have struggled with their finance and administration duties due to a lack of confidence in budget monitoring, some basic accounting processes were felt not to be working or understood and there was a lack of written policies in areas such as procurement. The last volunteer did a large amount of work on policies and the organisation have worked hard to update a number of their manuals and staff handbooks. 
 
Your role as the seventh AfID volunteer will be a mixture of offering senior level support and mentorship whilst ensuring the basics of accounting and financial management (2016 accounts for audit, reworking the budgets and closing the year) are understood and adhered to by all members of staff.
 
The partner will cover the cost of flights, accommodation and visa.
 
As flights and accommodation are covered, please note that this assignment will incur a surcharge fee. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Empowering Local Communities

Accommodation Provided
Nepal

1- 3 Months

Our partner is a Nepalese NGO aiming to empower local people and leaders by alleviating poverty, connecting youth to their cultural heritage, training local women in income generating activities and supporting vulnerable children.

They are based in Kathmandu and support communities in the surrounding rural areas. They run training from a centre in the capital, transporting and housing those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

They currently run a number of projects including a training programme for local youth and women at their Kathmandu centre, an entrepreneurship programme for women, and an education and caring programme for children. The organisation is young and still developing with many plans for future projects and services for example, an eco- friendly training centre and training in literacy, basic bookkeeping and good governance.

On this assignment you will begin by conducting an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls before making and implementing recommendations for best practise. You will be based in Kathmandu but also travel to nearby communities to see their programme work and gain a greater understanding on the organisation.

You will provide training and mentoring to the staff in finance management, they are using Excel now and gradually moving away from a manual system and want to establish a more robust, efficient and transparent system. They have also requested support to develop the curriculum for their bookkeeping training to be delivered to members of the rural communities.

Our partner can provide accommodation in guestroom near to the office.

Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Nepal, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.