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Organisation Promoting Child Rights (French Speaking)

Affordable Accommodation
Morocco

2- 4 Weeks

Our partners’ mission is to end violence against children through capacity building for child protection and advocacy organisations.

The organisation envisions a society active in the promotion of rights and integrity of children in Morocco. They currently implement two programmes to reduce sexual exploitation of children, particularly in the context of travel and tourism and reduce their vulnerability. They also seek to disseminate a better understanding of sexual exploitation problems in the region to create better child protection measures, policies and methodologies.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. Your role will involve undertaking an assessment of their accounting and financial management systems, making and implementing recommendations for best practise based on the complexity of their finance and resources available.

As the first volunteer, one of your key responsibilities will be to determine in what scope AfID continues to work with the organisation, and create terms of reference for a second volunteer to follow on from your placement and implement your recommendations.

Please note, this assignment does require French.

Our partner will be able to help you find suitable accommodation according to your budget and preferences.

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

Social Enterprise Working with Marginalised Communities

Affordable Accommodation
Cambodia

1 Month +

Our partner is a social enterprise working with marginalised communities near Phnom Penh. They produce high quality and unique hand knit products while providing fair and flexible employment opportunities.

They share a shop floor with another of our partners, also a social enterprise. Both are managed and staffed by Cambodian women and supported by two advisory directors in Australia. However, the day to day running, accounting and reporting of the two organisations is separate. Over 5 years they have grown slowly and are now looking to enter a phase of more sustained growth and profitability.

You will be the sixth AfID volunteer and fifth accounting volunteer. The first was due to support them through a transition from Excel to QuickBooks however they found that due to previous errors in the accounts and inaccuracies in their cash records, the transition would not be successful. Instead they helped to correct these errors, set up basic stock controls and a forecasting model and created a financial procedures manual.

The second volunteer assessed which accounting system would be the best option for them bearing in mind it needed to capture accounting as well as production elements, and prepared a shop operating budget, cashbook, daily shop petty cash return and consolidated return.

They requested a volunteer in 2015 to support them with their operational, production, sales and marketing challenges. Their challenge had been around capacity as there is a lot of demand for their products but they had not been able to adequately meet this on the production side.

The next volunteer focused on accounting/ finance. They helped migrate them to Xero and provided training on its use. They also provided guidance and training on budgeting, reporting and sales analysis and created a new data input tool to solve stock management and recording errors. Their most recent volunteer supported in November-December 2016. They conducted an internal review of their accounting systems and procedures and implemented a stock control system however this was quite complex and they weren’t sure that the accountant had the capacity to maintain it.

On this assignment you will provide support on their stock management system. You will review and redesign it as necessary. They would like to use excel or a simple google spreadsheet.

Our partner will be able to recommend suitable accommodation.

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 Indigenous Communities

Affordable Accommodation
Panama

2+ Weeks

Our partner is a cooperative based in the rural area of Silico Creek in the north west of Panama by the Caribbean and close to Costa Rica. They work to improve the economic integration of the indigenous population in Ngöbe Buglé.

The first AfID volunteer supported our partner for 3 weeks in December last year. She completed the financial statements for 2013 -15 and put a simple accounting system in place. Additionally, she identified a need for strong controls. Since the first volunteer’s placement the programme has grown significantly, it is now open to 5 new villages and finance 100 entrepreneurs (at the time of the first placement they were supporting only 30 entrepreneurs).

They now have an Excell template to help them create reports and tools to record loans/ entrepreneurs. They have also recently started using SAGE but need support to make their statements for 2016.

Your role as the second AfID volunteer on assignment will include strengthening internal controls, implementing procedures, providing training on SAGE 50 and EXCEL, as well as providing tailored training on Excell and SAGE to staff and on general financial management.

Basic accommodation is available with local families at 50 USD per month and the organisation can be reached by bus from Panama City (8 hours) or by plane from Changuinola which is an hour away from the community.

Please note that Silico creek is a rural location. There is no electricity and the community relies on a solar panel. The first volunteer found it very immersive to live in an indigenous community who were very welcoming.

Spanish is necessary for this assignment. 

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

Sports Organisation For Athletes With Disabilities

Affordable Accommodation
Namibia

5- 7 Weeks

Our partner is an affiliate of an international not-for- profit which provides year- round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Their programmes help beneficiaries develop physical fitness, skills and courage. Taking part is both fun and sociable, enabling those with intellectual disabilities and their families to join a community and support network.

They teach Olympic sports, with some adapted for better access and compete at regional, national and international competitions. All athletes are given health screenings to mitigate against common risks to people with intellectual disabilities. They also provide additional life skills and support, such as basic computer training, after school feeding programmes and leadership and coach training.

AfID supported this partner in 2014 when we sent two volunteers. The first volunteer created a finance manual, a management reporting tool, introduced some internal controls and trained staff in basic finance management. The second volunteer built on this, reviewing their progress and making further recommendations for improvements.

Since these placements there have been a number of staff changes and they are going through a process of reform to their management structure as well as internal processes, including finance.

They currently use an Excel recording system but find this inadequate. Your role will involve setting up a more appropriate accounting system and training staff on how to maintain it.

You will also be conducting an overall internal review of their accounting processes, systems and controls and making and implementing recommendations for best practise. They would also like to introduce management and evaluation processes.

Our partner will be able to provide recommendations for suitable accommodation.

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

Organisation Using Sport to Support Vulnerable Youth

Affordable Accommodation
Colombia

2- 4 Weeks

Our partner teaches life skills to children and young adults from vulnerable communities through sports, cultural and recreational activities which help them create their own life projects and promote a movement towards peace, equality and cohabitation.

They began as a group of volunteers playing soccer and have since expanded to provide seven educational programmes. These include free recreational activities in the fields of arts, sports and digital inclusion, leadership programmes, social business and scholarships and job opportunities for the eldest youth.

In the last two years the organisation has grown in the number of programmes they operate and the number of staff, as such they reached out to AfID for support.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. You will undertake an assessment of their accounting and financial systems, and make and implement recommendations based on the complexity of their accounting/ reporting requirements, availability of resources and skillset of local staff.

You will focus on helping staff to understand processes, structures, tools and procedures that can make financial tasks more efficient and effective and under international standards. You will also make a similar assessment of their social enterprises.

Our partner will be able help you find suitable accommodation.

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

Social Enterprise Supporting Cambodian Women

Affordable Accommodation
Cambodia

6- 8 Weeks

Our partner is an established social enterprise managed and staffed by Cambodian women in Phnom Penh. They aim to create opportunities for Cambodian women allowing them to become socially, politically and economically independent and to live without fear, violence and exploitation.

They work with the most vulnerbale and at- risk women; through jewellery production these women can keep employment in accordance with fair trade principles.

In 2015 they requested an AfID volunteer to support them with their operational, production, sales and marketing challenges. The volunteer was not a qualified accountant but a financial professional with significant experience working with start-ups and offered all round support to their operations.

AfID’s second volunteer spent 2 weeks with them last year. They focused on budget creation, monitoring and reporting, cash management and sales analysis. The organisation was recording sales and production targets versus actual figures however, due to time constraints were not properly tracking their budget and due to a lack of financial planning tools faced cash flow issues. The volunteer introduced a new data input tool to improve their cash management and correct discrepancies in their records and trained staff in using QuickBooks to produce invoices. This volunteer also supported their partner organisation which shares a building, cause and aim.

The next volunteer supported them in April 2017. They reviewed their accounting processes and stock and inventory practices and made suggestions for improvements and provided staff training. They also created excel templates and updated information on QuickBooks. They now feel that they have strong accounting systems in place and are confident using them.

Last year they opened a shop which is a joint venture between 3 organisations. Our latest volunteer supported the shop in early 2017. They helped install an inventory management and POS system for the shop and trained staff on how to use this. They also introduced a product code system. Unfortunately since the placement they have been unable to use this system, this is in part a fault with the system which did not have the capacity they had hoped for and had been promised. They have reverted back to the old QuickBooks POS system which they have used before. This is a more basic, desktop system and not the best for their needs.

You will be working with their shop and with staff from the other enterprises (both AfID partners) to implement an inventory management system that can be shared between the 3 entities. Currently entering stock information and formulating invoices are time consuming and they want to make it more efficient and user friendly.

You will be based in the shared offices of all 3 organisations working with their finance staff and operations managers.

Our partner will help you to source suitable accommodation based on your budget and preferences.

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.

Org. Providing Legal Assistance to Neglected Juvenile Prisoners

Homestay Available
Zambia

4- 6 Weeks

Our partner exists to support juvenile prisoners, the majority of whom are male, who have become lost within and are now in conflict with the justice system of Zambia. Established by a lawyer in 2014, it began with a visit to a prison with the law association.

Provisions for the young boys were scarce so the founder began by arranging donations of blankets and other goods, this progressed to chatting to the boys and going to visit them regularly at weekends.

The organisation organises activities for the boys including educational and sporting activities throughout the week and are planning to install a computer lab next year. The founder provides legal representation and matches them to pro bono lawyers who monitor their cases, provide legal guidance and representation and secure court dates. They also run advocacy for system reform in the local and wider Zambian community, running a regular radio programme and collecting donations in the community.

The first AfID volunteer supported this partner in March- April 2017. Prior to this, they had no established accounting system or records. Having recently won a large grant they requested support to establish accounts for 2016 and a system to continue using. The volunteer also developed reporting templates for their new grant and helped recruit and train a part time Accounts Assistant to maintain a simple bookkeeping system. They are managing their day-to-day accounting well now and are starting to apply for more funding to grow their operations.

As the second volunteer, you will help with financial reporting and presenting financial information for funding proposals. They would like to create templates for creating budgets and business plans which can be adapted for different proposals.

You will also be reviewing the progress of their new Accounts Assistant and provide more training and coaching.

The partner may also be able to provide a homestay with the founder or another volunteer.

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

Organisation Promoting Good Governance and Accountability

Affordable Accommodation
Cameroon

4- 8 Weeks

Our partner exist to challenge attitudes in Cameroon to make corruption unacceptable, influencing those seeking public office to exercise good governance and informing the people about the importance of civic participation and public accountability.

They operate a number of programs including:

  • Integrity Actions and Education (IAE): to strengthen the internal mechanisms of educational establishments in Cameroon to promote integrity, ethics and fight against fraud.
  • Equitable, Accountable and Just Society Initiatives: supports government counterparts, civil society and individual professionals to build responsible, accountable and sustainable institutions at all levels of public life.
  • Economic Empowerment Initiatives and Actions: through training methods they incorporate action-based learning and policy awareness dialogue.
  • Participatory Action Research: support in public finance systems, legislative processes, law reviews, corruption indices and it may also include public perceptions on various governance regimes and matrices.
  • Technical Assistance to Public Organisations: to foster best practice in management of public institutions and in the delivery of their development assistance to surrounding communities.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: to address systematic vulnerabilities in human resource efficiency and program deliverables and assist public agencies with independent evaluation and assessment of their effectiveness.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. Your role will involve undertaking an assessment of their accounting & financial management systems and making and implementing recommendations for best practice.

Our partner would benefit from more training on Excel and in particular they would like help in creating templates for budgeting, for profit and loss and to refine or design their balance sheet. They are hoping that after the placement they are able to use the skills learnt and templates to support the small business units they supervise and mentor.

They will recommend affordable homestay and guesthouse options.

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

Organisation Supporting Rural Communities

Affordable Accommodation
Cambodia

1 - 2 Months

Our partner is a local Cambodian NGO founded by teachers wanting to offer better education and opportunities to people in rural and remote locations. They work in the Kong Rey mountain range targeting vulnerable and underprivileged groups.

By engaging with local communities they promote dialogue with local authorities on equality and economic development. They envisage prosperity through the sustainable, local economic development of natural resources for the benefit all in the community. Their main beneficiaries include smallholder farmers, livestock production groups and traders, animal health workers and community councils.

As the first AID volunteer to support this partner you will conduct an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls and make recommendations for best practise. You will be helping them set up an appropriate accounting system which incorporates the separate donor accounts and projects, reporting requirements and is designed for staff with no formal accounting background.

They would like to learn how to prepare for an external audit and develop reporting tools. You will also be helping prepare the yearly and project budgets.

They would also like your assistance reviewing and proof reading their financial reporting to donors and financial procedures manual which need to be written in English.

Our partner will be able to recommend suitable accommodation.

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 Bringing Sustainable Solutions to Rural Farmers [542]

Flights, Visa & Accommodation Provided
Ethiopia

3 - 4 Weeks

Our partner works to bring sustainable solutions to Ethiopian farmers. The organisation works with rural farmers to improve food production and income and create a productive countryside.

They currently implement three main projects:

  • Water: aims to bring clean and reliable water to farmer communities in Wuchale and Jidda
  • Wof Washa: to improve management of land, protect and regenerate the forest and strengthen food security.
  • Food security: harnessing local knowledge and seeking participation from the community to conserve natural resources and improve land for crop production and restore water sources.

The organisation currently utilises a desktop version of Quickbooks which is not providing the financial information that is needed. They have requested the support of a pro bono accountant to help staff understand and utilise financial management reports for the government and donors and help them move to an online base system. A major grant has also been awarded which will require improved financial management.

Your role will focus on migrating the desktop version of Quickbooks onto the online version. In addition, you will provide training and ensure that finance and management staff are able to:

  • To store backups of work done
  • Input and produce budget monitoring report, severance pay, provident fund and pensions
  • Input, interpret, prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Understand how to access and interpret management reports (management)
  • Identify, advice and adapt accounting processes to better suit organisational needs
  • Advise on how to address challenges of using Quickbooks online

The partner will be able to cover the costs of your flights, visa and accommodation (shared).

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 Supporting the Elderly

Homestay Available
Belize

2- 4 Weeks

Our partner’s mission is to empower older persons to achieve aging with dignity. To attain this they run community home care services, day care programmes, advocacy and research to address the varied needs of older people.

They also provide residential care across the country where older women and men come to socialise, exercise, receive health education and discuss current affairs.

You will be the first AFID volunteer to support this partner. You will carry out an assessment of their accounting and financial systems and make and implement recommendations for best practise. The focus will be to establish good practises and coach staff in these, ensuring they can be maintained after your department.

The Executive Director believes there are challenges and inaccuracies in their reporting lines and would like to create uniformity. In addition, the residential homes have separate accounting and they would like them to be internally audited. They would also benefit from training in budget preparation and analysis and cashflow forecasting.

Our partner will be able to provide a homestay for a small contribution.

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

Organisation supporting Maasai Pastoralist Community

Accommodation & Visa Provided
Tanzania

2- 3 Months

Our partner works with the Maasai pastoralist community living around the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and aims to create a more secure and stable life for them. The organisation focus on the promotion of education, social enterprise and health and well-being.

Their main programmes focus on: residential assistance for girls to keep them in school during their transition from primary to secondary school; an enterprise programme for pastoralist women to gain marketable skills and the opportunity to earn an income selling handicrafts and products; and a safe drinking water programme distributing ceramic water filters to families and providing health screening.

To date the founder has been responsible for their accounting but has no formal training. The accounting has become increasingly complex and in particular on the enterprise programme, they are struggling to track and control costs for raw materials and value inventories and cost of goods sold. They are using QuickBooks which the founder is familiar with and she has begun to train their Matron to do the data entry.

The first AfID volunteer supported them in early 2017. They conducted a review of their current procedures and controls, made improvements for best practise and provided training. The organisation have been applying for large funded grants and our volunteer helped them produce and present the required financial information.

They were using Quickbooks and Googledocs but the older version of Quickbooks was not serving their needs well. The volunteer suggested that they set up on QuickBooks online. In your role as the second AfID volunteer, you will continue to set them up on Quickbooks and provide training and provide support in further restructuring and simplifying their procedures. You will also be reviewing and implementing stronger petty cash policies.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation and cover the cost of your visa.

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

Organisation Supporting Communities Affected by Injustices

Accommodation Provided
Bolivia

2- 3 Weeks

Our partner is a human rights organisation dedicated to defending and promoting justice on behalf of communities affected by different forms of injustice.

They have three independent offices in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. In Bolivia their work focuses on preventing violence and supporting victims of violence in particular to girls and women. Their two main programmes are the child-adolescent sexual violence prevention program and the comprehensive care program for victims of sexual violence and domestic violence on the basis of gender.

Their programmes are run through 3 projects:

  • Prevention-Good Treatment Campaign- children, adolescents and adults violence prevention actions through workshops in school units, neighbourhood meetings and churches.
  • Comprehensive case management- legal orientation, legal sponsorship and psychological care and psychotherapy for victims of sexual violence, child and domestic violence
  • Incidence in public policies- promotion of the citizen's engagement for proposals of norms and laws on the prevention, action and sanctions of cases of sexual violence and domestic violence.

They were introduced to us by their Peruvian counterpart who we supported in 2016. The Bolivian office has been in operation since 2010 and feel that they need to strengthen their financial management, improve their internal control systems and have better reporting lines that allow them to have correct and timely information.

As the first AfID volunteer to support them your role will be akin to undertaking an internal audit of their accounting and financial management systems, making and implementing recommendations on best practise based on the complexity of their finances, the resources available to the organisation and skillset of the local staff.

You will also provide support with analysis and budget preparation and training to management on financial planning and budget monitoring to elaborate better proposals.

This placement requires a Spanish speaker.

The partner will be able to provide accommodation.

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

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 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.