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Farming Incubator enhancing rural farmer's livelihoods [538]

Flights, Accommodation, Visa & $1,500/month Stipend
Ethiopia

4 - 6 Months

Our partner is an Ethiopian based social enterprise which supplies local farmers with improved breeds of chickens and management methods.

They aim to improve the nutrition and livelihoods of rural Ethiopians, the majority of whom are small hold farmers, with the use a new breed of chicken which produces 4 times more eggs and grow 4 times faster. This new breed can be farmed using traditional farming methods but provides a significantly increased yield. With this increased production they are able to provide assistance and empowerment to local women as well. In the majority of households the women look after the animals and sell produce at the market, generating disposable income which they found is then more likely to be reinvested into education and food for their families.
 
Since its inception in 2011 the organisation has grown considerably, now working across multiple locations. They are producing over 1 million chicks per month and with 2000 field agents and travelling vets distributing and overseeing the health of the chickens. For the first 45 days of the chicks lives, they stay with field agents who care for and vaccinate them before selling them to the famers.
 
They have requested support to help redesign their accounting and finance systems to better support their size. They would like you to create, implement and train staff on the following accounting processes:
  • Accounts Receivable Process (from Sales Order through to Product Delivery)
  • Credit Management Process (from Credit Request through to Credit Collection)
  • Budget Control Process (ensuring approved budget is complied with)
  • Inventory Process (from Purchase Request through to Stock Reconciliations)
  • Monthly Close and Reporting Process (posting, reconciliations, reporting)
  • Manufacturing Process (from Raw Material Issued through to Finished Good Produced)
  • Accounts Payable Process (from Invoice to Payment, Accrual Management)
  • Payroll Process
  • Treasury Process
  • Fixed Asset Register Management Process
  • Debt Management Process
The organisation have asked for 4-6 months support from May onwards. The partner will cover your costs and provide a stipend of $1500 per month. They can provide accommodation in an apartment of a guesthouse a short walk from their office.
 
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.

Children's services organisation supporting vulnerable youths and families

Homestay options
Botswana

3 - 4 Weeks

Our partner works to improve the quality of life of orphan and vulnerable children through provision of services (or referrals) to improve their and their caregivers’ health, education, and economic capacity to ensure their well-being.

Their comprehensive approach includes:
  1. Community Outreach/Mobilisation- linking their clients to relevant government programmes for help.
  2. Monthly Teens/Kids Clubs- a platform for children to discuss sexual and reproductive health.
  3. After School Program for children - providing psychosocial support.
  4. Parent Child Communication Forum-Building capacity of families to support OVCs
  5. Re-schooling of school dropouts- re- integrating those children who drop out of school back to school.
You will be the first AfID volunteer supporting this organisation 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. The partner would also like you to give training on budget preparation and cash flow forecasting and financial reporting.
 
Ghanzi area is a place of living for different people with a variety of backgrounds. Ghanzi area is a remote and rural area. Ghanzi is easy to reach via Namibia’s capital or by air via Maun. Public transport to Maun, Windhoek and Gaborone is available. Ghanzi has restaurants and supermarket and beautiful surrounding. There are other NGOs and organisations and other international volunteers in the area.
 
Homestay accommodation is offered free of charge at the Treasurer home.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Botswana, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Improving Employment Opportunities for Indian Youth

Accommodation Provided
India

6- 8 Weeks

Our partner works to better prepare India’s youth for life after school. They provide help with employability training, leadership development and career services.

Currently, many students from low- income and rural backgrounds struggle to find quality employment opportunities after graduation, our partner works to address this employability gap.

You will be the fourth AfID volunteer to support this partner. Over the past few years they have grown rapidly and now have 2000 students enrolled in their programme.

The first AfID volunteer spent just over 5 weeks with them in July 2014. They assessed their accounting processes and financial controls; trained the accountant on creating and monitoring budgets and helped them make the most of their accounting system, Tally. The second checked that recommendations had been implemented and supported them in budget creation and monitoring on Tally. The third volunteer spent 3 months with them in June – September 2016. They developed a finance management system, created excel templates to create automated management and donor reports from Tally and created a management reporting dashboard. They also set up a new Chart of Accounts and cost centre structure and reviewed restricted/tracked donor income expenditure.

After some time using the new management reporting system, our partner have requested support reviewing their progress with implementations and help with addressing some errors that have arisen with using the excel spreadsheets. You will be continuing to develop the reporting system and dashboard. You will also be providing tailored staff training on reporting as needed.

The partner will be able to provide accommodation.

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

Organisation Committed to Strategic Community Development

Accommodation Provided
Ghana

4- 6 Weeks

Our partner is committed to bringing accelerated development to Ghana though business and capacity development, livelihood and rural infrastructure projects and youth development programs.

They aim to empower people, communities and businesses through the creation of the right platform and bridging the gap between the demand and supply of knowledge, finance, skills and networks. They are committed to conducting these activities in a manner that ensures longā€term sustainability for the benefit of all stakeholders it serves.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. The Director has requested volunteer support as currently they have no financial management and planning expertise and are aware that this is essential for the future and sustainability of the organisation.

On this assignment you will carry out an assessment of their processes and controls and make and implement recommendations for best practice. Their accounting is done manually but they would like a volunteer to create a basic electronic system. If time allows you will review the financial/narrative reports for funding proposals.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation.

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.

Organisation Promoting Awareness of HIV/AIDS Prevention [537]

Flights, Accommodation & Visa
Malawi

3 - 6 Months

Our partner uses interactive theatre to engage and educate Malawians - from children to parents to sex workers - about HIV/AIDS prevention. The organisation coaches teachers to spread the methodology and focuses on gender equality.

They are seeking a volunteer to support the Malawian team in a role akin to an Interim Finance Director to build the capacity of the local finance team and to support them over a period of reduced funding folloing the end of a large grant cycle. 

Your role will predominately be to build the capacity of the Finance Manager into the role of Finance Director, and financial planning and cash flow forecasting for the year ahead. Daily activities will also include: financial planning, budgeting and reporting; leading and supporting the capacity development of the finance and operations team.

You will be responsible for setting workplans and planning the capacity development of the teams with the Executive Director and Deputy Country Director; holding team meetings and will be the line manager to the Finance Manager and Finance Assistant. 

The partner will provide Flights, Accommodation, Visa, cost of Innocualations. 

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.

Education Start Up Training Programme

Affordable Accommodation
Thailand

2+ Weeks (Specific dates)

Our partner is an education start-up, that offers a global certificate training programme designed for individuals from all sectors who are ready to expand their leadership skills through emerging innovation practices.

This year, our partner is convening the first International Development Design Summit in SE Asia, which will be a long-term programme, that begins with a 16 day education and capacity-building training, where 50 participants from around the world will work with six local communities from rural Sisaket Province to learn and apply co-creative design processes for rural development and build prototype solutions together.
 
You will be the first AfID volunteer supporting this organisation and your role will be to undertake an assessment of their accounting & financial systems, and make and implement recommendations based on the complexity of their accounting/reporting requirements, availability of resources, and skillset of local staff. The focus will be to establish good practices, and coach staff in these, ensuring that they can be maintained after your departure.
 
This partner have only recently registered as an independent entity in Singapore. The process of registering as a technical social enterprise is not straightforward in Thailand, and in order to be deliver their training programme from 2016 onwards, they opted to be incorporated in Singapore. They would like the volunteer to complete the assessment bearing this in mind, and ensuring that they are tax compliant both in Singapore as well as Thailand. They received the support of an independent volunteer who set up basic accounting system for them in 2016 on Xero. Given that they are due to receive USAID funding & bearing in mind their plans for growth, they would welcome this assessment to ensure they have the appropriate internal controls & financial management tools in place to account for this expected increase in income & grant reporting obligations.
 
They do not have a dedicated member of the team working in accounting/finance, and as such have specific times that they would prefer to receive a volunteer, so the Co-Founders will be at hand to benefit from the coaching.
Availability is as follows: March 2-22; April 17-May 4; or May 21-June 2.
 
Please note that this partner are not a charity; they are a registered social enterprise. This means that they do not raise funds from solely from donors; they charge fees for facilitating the training programme & also charge fees to clients (private companies & NGOs) for designing & delivering training specific to their needs. That said, their programme is designed to focus on developing leaders who are aware of the social impact of their work, and are able to incorporate these considerations into their business & development strategies.
 
Bangkok has a diverse range of accommodation, and the organisation have offered to work with the volunteer to source/recommend something appropriate based on the volunteer’s preferences as well as budget.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Thailand, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Promoting Sustainable Management of Natural Resources [536]

Flights, Visa & Accommodation Provided
Liberia

2- 3 Months

Our partner works to transform decision- making processes in relation to natural resources and to promote equity in the sharing of benefits derived from natural resources management in Liberia.

The organisation’s founder, collected extremely hard to get evidence of falsified logging records, illegal logging practices and human rights abuses; these were passed on to the UN Security Council which then banned the export of Liberian timber. Since 2003, when a new government came into power, they have been working with the leadership to create sustainable timber policies, improve governance of the forests and benefit sharing with forest communities.

As our partner has grown rapidly it was recognised by their donors that they would very much benefit from strengthening their accounting and financial management processes.

On this assignment you will conduct an impartial assessment of their accounting & financial systems, ensuring there are appropriate checks and balances in place, and making and implementing recommendations based on the complexity of the accounting/reporting requirements, availability of resources, and skillset of local staff. Part of this assessment will entail looking at how tasks are distributed (accounting & financial management), supporting the management team with proper allocation of tasks, and identifying areas of coaching for individual staff.

They have recently transitioned to using Quickbooks which is largely being used for day-to-day accounting, and is being run alongside MS Excel. You will help with the full transition to Quickbooks, assisting the organisation in using the budgeting and reporting capacity of the software.

They would also like support in creating budgeting & cashflow forecasting tools, training staff in these, and helping them better understand & manage their donor reporting requirements.

One of their donors will cover the costs of your flights, accommodation and living expenses.

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.

Internal Auditor for Agricultural Organisation [535]

Flights, Visa & Accommodation Provided
Ethiopia & Kenya

2- 3 Weeks

Our partner works with small holder farmers to pioneer techniques to boost harvest, protect the environment and help sell their produce at markets. 

Their aim is to help build profitable farming businesses so that communities can work themselves out of poverty.

They currently operate in four East African countries- Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, with their programmes spanning livestock, crops, fisheries, forestry and climate resilience. In Kenya, they have four core projects, and in Ethiopia, nine, funded by a variety of donors, including the EU & DfID.

They seeking an experienced accountant to undertake an internal audit of their Kenya and Ethiopia offices, and potentially, a field office visit in Ethiopia. The organisation’s trustees approve a plan of internal audits every year and given the size of the organisation and the absence of an internal audit function, they have requested the support of an AfID volunteer to conduct an internal audit. Time permitting, there will be an opportunity to visit one of the field offices in Ethiopia; this will include some broader testing of the financial control environment.

The organisation 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.

Sustainable Community of Agroforestry Farmers Preserving Ecosystems

Accommodation
Belize

4 - 8 Weeks

Our partner’s mission is to grow a financially sustainable community of cacao agroforestry farmers while preserving natural ecosystems of Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve (MMNFR) concession entrusted to the group.

The organisation is a registered cooperative in the Toledo district: the Association being made up of 30 male and female farmers, who have planted almost 140 acres of cacao and harvested over 400 lbs of honey. These farmers are demonstrating incredible dedication to sustainable farming and conservation however, given the early stages of development they are in dire need of assistance in improving their capacity as it relates to financial management.
 
This partner came referred to us by a larger NGO in Belize who have been working with them since 2012. The larger organisation has lobbied and achieved on our partner’s behalf signed rights to access land in MMNFR and also helped built their project management capacity and provided some basic financial training.
 
You will be the first AfID volunteer on assignment with this partner, and your role will start with an initial assessment (akin to an internal audit) of systems, processes and controls and make and implement recommendations for best practice. The organisation would also like your support with budget preparation in particular for project proposals, basic guidance in internal and external reporting, and training on how to prepare a cash flow forecast and cash management. You will be working with the treasurer and project staff. Please note that they are also full time farmers as such the placement will require flexibility.
 
Accommodation will be provided on a field station, about 40 minutes from town. The organisation will also arrange transportation.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Belize, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

Organisation Supporting Marginalised Youths

Affordable Accommodation
Sierra Leone

3- 6 Weeks

Our partner works with marginalised youths- ranging from street children, school drop outs, girl mothers and sex workers, offering them vocational classes and adult literacy classes.

They also provide loans to youth who graduate from their programmes to help them in their path to employment and self- sufficiency.

You will be the third volunteer to support this partner. The first volunteer helped set up an Excel- based accounting system, created a Finance Manual and trained the 2 staff members in the finance team in basic finance processes. The second volunteer built on this work, further embedding accounting & financial management concepts, including grouping of transactions and assistance in the production of the first full set of accounts.

Bo was one of the hardest hit towns during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-16. During this time, as the government banned any social gatherings, and as such, our partner had to stop running all their programmes. During this time, the accounting staff that past AfID volunteers coached, moved on from the organisation.

As such, your role will be that of a first AfID volunteer. 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 help to establish good practices, and coach staff in these, ensuring that they can be maintained after your departure. Your role will also be to establish a long-term plan of engagement and capacity building.

Our partner will be able to recommend suitable accommodation.

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

Community Organisation Advocating for Peace and Reconciliation

Homestay options
Rwanda

2 Months

Our partner is an NGO that focuses on improving livelihoods, peace and reconciliation, has a prison ministry, and supports a special school for former street kids.

Their core work focuses on 4 areas:
  • Peace and Reconciliation
  • Prison ministry
  • Community development
  • Educational support to destitute children.
 
The organisation was referred to us by another AfID partner in Rwanda who thought that this organisation would benefit from the support of a volunteer accountant. As this organisation is growing they feel they need to improve their financial systems.
 
You will be the first AfID on assignment with this partner and your role will include firstly an assessment of their systems, process and controls to make and implement recommendations for improvement and for best practice. Based on your findings they will like you to support them establish an effective and efficient accounting system, internal financial control, and budgets. The administrator will also require training to be able to have more responsibilities.
 
The partner has requested the support of a volunteer for 2 months from May onwards. Accommodation or a homestay may be offered with a family of five, free of charge or in private apartments for 300 dollars a month.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Rwanda, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Child Rights Organisation with Medical Centre [534]

Flights, Accommodation & Stipend
Ghana

3 - 6 Months

Our partner takes a holistic and integrated approach to development: they believe that in order to make real and lasting change to the child rights environment of northern Ghana, they need to work with all levels of society, across a range of sectors and issues.

The organisation currently run 22 programmes and 2 social enterprises across the thematic areas of health, education and child protection.
Under health they are ensuring access to quality free health care, educating communities (in particular children and mothers) on their health rights as well as direct delivery of health care through their hospital.
 
The organisation’s hospital has become a key medical facility treating 60, 000 cases each year but is currently facing several financial and accounting challenges.
 
You will be the first volunteer on assignment specifically supporting the medical centre and your role will include helping the team implement the recommendations of a previous audit and helping them improve finance process including:
  • Review and upgrade data capture procedures (forms & filing, cashbook, etc.)
  • Implement the Transaction Pro Importer software
  • Introduce a month end close checklist routine
  • Produce management accounts for the centre
Your role with also include updating the Finance Manual; introduce best practice procurement process and a payroll software and review the current system for managing withholding tax to ensure it is correctly recorded in Quickbooks and correctly processed.
 
The placement will also focus on building the capacity of the bookkeeper to get him to a more senior level to be able to continue the use of the process implemented.
 
For this assignment, the partner are looking a volunteer for a minimum commitment of 3 months starting between now (February) and July.
 
The organisation will cover the cost of flights, accommodation and offer a £100 allowance for your living costs.
 
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 Better Healthcare Access for Nepalese Women

Affordable Accommodation
Nepal

3 - 6 Months

Our partner is a grassroots community organisation in the mid-west region of Nepal, supporting underprivileged and marginalised communities facing poverty in the region. 


Using a collaborative approach they want to increase access to and control of public facilities to improve local livelihoods. Their current programmes focus on providing better access to healthcare for and awareness of uterus prolapse, a condition affecting many local women, and HIV. This under resourced condition affecting women has been a focus within the humanitarian sector, with extensive cases being cited in Nepal and attributed to gender discrimination in the country. The organisation advocate government on this and other similar matters and also support community groups with an income generating cooperative and run a Resource Centre where they deliver workshops and a guesthouse for people to stay at while seeking treatment at a lower, more affordable rate.
 
You will be the third volunteer on assignment. The first went out for 2 months in 2011, followed by a second in  in 2013 for a further 2 months. The second volunteer reviewed their existing accounting system, making recommendations for best practice and training on budget creation and reporting, donor reporting and proposal writing. She also installed Dropbox to better their documentation system. Both volunteers really enjoyed their time with this partner and felt safe and comfortable in the area. 
 
Your role will be to assist with the newly opened Resource Centre. They have an Accountant and Accounts Assistant working in the main office, the former who has qualification in accountancy and the latter who is currently studying. Both are too busy to work with the centre manager, who would benefit from support in setting up new systems in the centre. They have a separate bank account for the centre but have not yet established robust accounting systems and procedures. They plan to recruit a Project Accountant in the future to work at the centre but do not have the capacity now. This will be a very hands on placement where you will be filling a key gap. You will be reviewing their existing accounting system, procedures and controls and making recommendations for best practice and introducing new procedures. You will be working with the centre manager and training him on your implementations. They use Tally in the office but for the Resource Centre will be using excel for the time being. Although they are in the same building, they are keen to keep the office and centre separate. 
 
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.

Organisation Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Accommodation Provided
Panama

6 - 12 Weeks

Our partner is the leading NGO providing sexual and reproductive health services in Panama. They provide high- quality, integrated care at clinics nationwide and maintain a countrywide presence through advocacy, outreach and communications campaigns.

Their services include gynaecological care, contraceptives and HIV and STO prevention, testing and treatment.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. On this assignment you will undertake an internal review of their accounting systems, processes and controls and make and implement recommendations for best practise.

You will also help them develop financial and business procedures; financial planning and help them prepare and train for future external audits. You will also provide training on internal reporting and reporting to the board of directors.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation.

Please note Spanish is required for this placement. 

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

Social Enterprise Developing Information-Platforms Using Mobile Phones

Accommodation & Airport Pick-Up
Kenya

3 Weeks

Our partner were founded in response to the scarcity of information, insight and data available from the field in developing countries. The founders were working for a microfinance organisation, and at the time the organisation needed more information on their loan recipients.

They realised it would be very difficult/expensive to mobilise the loan officers to collect this information, and with 80% of Kenyans using a mobile phone, they decided to develop a platform to collect information using a mobile phone. Today, the organisation’s client base includes for-profit companies, not-for-profit companies, and international organisations working in a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, energy, microfinance and governance.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. As they have grown quite considerably, they are finding that their revenue is more complicated than their current model projection model reflects. As such, they are seeking a volunteer to update their financial projection model, having reviewed and understood their cost and revenue drivers.

At present, they have a US & Kenyan entity, and the US entity sometimes buys services from the Kenyan one. As such, a volunteer with some knowledge/experience of transfer pricing, would be helpful in creating a model for them, including appropriate documentation.

Typically, the first volunteer placement is akin to undertaking an internal audit of their accounting processes and internal controls, making & implementation recommendations and mentoring local staff. That said, this partner are confident in their day to day accounting and have requested more specific support. Nonetheless, as a first volunteer, your role will be to determine the scope in which AfID can continue working with the organisation.

Please note that this partner are not a charity but a registered social enterprise. This means that they do not raise funds from donors, rather they charge their clients a fee for their services. That said, their work does has a strong positive social outcome, because on the not-for-profit side it helps NGOs and governments collect data, and ensure their policies are having the necessary impact within their target populations. The World Bank has used their platform to collect information on the impact of improved sanitation facilities in rural Tanzania; the Nature Conservancy use the platform to facilitate two-way communication with the pastoralists they work with in rural northern Kenya.

The partner will be able to cover the cost of your accommodation.

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