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Organisation Improving Health & Wellbeing Systems [551]

Accommodation Provided
Zambia

4 Weeks+

Our partner is an innovative organisation that establishes data- driven systems to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities in Zambia.

Their founders are American and previously worked in Zambia on an independent health project; it was here that they realised the usefulness of collecting meaningful data to better inform the government on when and where disease occurs and help them develop targeted interventions.

Over the first 4- 5 years their work focussed on malaria prevention and treatment, they designed and scaled a low- cost decentralised surveillance system that collects timely, spatial data and helps the government better target malaria interventions. They have also developed mSpray, a tool that tracks indoor residual spraying and analyses where this is working. More recently, they are looking at sanitation and also delivering training on using management information systems.

They have requested the support of an AfID volunteer to help develop their financial management systems and train local staff.

They feel that there are some basic procedures that they are spending too much time on and would like you to review their processes and establish whether the inefficiencies are because of their system or the skillset of local staff. Depending on the outcome, you will provide support in streamlining processes and mentoring local staff.

You will also support them in making the most out of Quickbooks. For example, the payroll software they are using is not integrated with Quickbooks and has to be uploaded manually. You will review this and see how best things might be integrated and automated. This would also extend to budgeting and reporting. You will also help build an integrated budgeting tool that incorporates a balance sheet and cashflow model.

Our partner have a small budget to contribute towards your travel costs, they will provide accommodation and meals in a family homestay.

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.

Children's Organisation Focusing on Educational Environment

Affordable Accommodation
Cambodia

1 - 2 Months

Our partner has designed projects which aim to support parents and care givers through improving the standard of living and creating a secure environment and educational opportunities for their children.

They work to support and enhance the state provided education and support school dropouts. In Battambang and the surrounding villages, many families have to migrate to Thailand for work, taking their children out of schools for long periods of time. Without the means to catch up, many then drop out altogether at an early age.
 
The organisation runs a Child Friendly School project which supports local schools that are often lacking in basic infrastructure and facilities, such as water, electricity and toilets. Our partner to develop and build local 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 frequent or likely drop outs. Their second main project is Supplementary Classes, in which they provide extra free classes for those living in poor areas. The topics include maths, Khmer, English, IT, sports and life skills. They also offer meals and school uniforms. University students volunteer and are trained up to be the Community Educators delivering these classes in 3 educational centres around the city.
 
Other projects include Income Generation and Family Support, ReBEL Recycling and Mobile Library Project and a Community Health Clinic and Clean Water for Peas Community.
 
The first AfID volunteer on placement supported this partner for 6 weeks in June-August 2017. She conducted an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls and make recommendations for best practice. The volunteer also reviewed their use of QuickBooks and provided training to staff, she also coached the finance team on how to prepare for an external audit and worked on a project budget revision. While she was there they were recruiting for a new finance Manager, the volunteer was able to help write a job descriptions, interview candidates and be there for the early stages of the successful candidate starting in the role.
 
Your role
You will be the second AfID volunteer with this organisation. The Executive Director has asked for further coaching for the finance team, particularly with the newly appointed Finance Manager. He has highlighted the following areas that need more support: financial reporting; producing financial information for funding proposals; budgeting; strategic and longer term planning. The ED would like help with overseeing and monitoring the finance outputs and would like you to run another internal audit, making and implementing further recommendations for best practice.
 
Our partner form part of network of local NGOs, to which they provide periodic capacity building support. He has requested that a volunteer run basic finance management training for a working group to assist member organisations. This will be in Battambang as well and will last about 1-3 days.
 
They are also looking for another non-AfID volunteer to help as a strategic programme advisor and are making enquiries elsewhere. You may be working alongside this new role, in which case you will be able to collaborate on this element of your work.
 
The partner are able to help source affordable accommodation options close to the office.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Cambodia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Legal and Development Organisation Protecting Women's Rights

Homestay options
Laos

2 Weeks - 6 Months

Our partner are working to promote gender equality, women’s rights and the protection of women from human trafficking and gender based violence.

They work with legal professionals, educators, students and local communities to enact cultural and behavioural change. This is done through the dissemination of laws related to women, installing gender into mainstream education and facilitating better access to justice mechanisms for women.
 
The organisation currently work across 2 provinces, providing training, advice and legal assistance to local woman and raising awareness. They are affiliated with 2 universities in Vientiane where they have established student and staff gender groups, which integrate gender based topics into the teaching. They engage specifically with law students at the law faculties. Annually the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children (VAW’s Day) also features in their advocacy efforts.
 
You will be the first AfID volunteer supporting this organisation and as such will begin by conducting an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls. You will then make recommendations for best practice and start to implement some of these changes. As the first volunteer, one of your key responsibilities will be to determine in what scope AfID continues to work with and create terms of reference for a second volunteer to follow on from your placement and implement recommendations, including training/mentoring for finance, programmes and senior management staff. It will require some flexibility and sensitivity on your part as your assignment will introduce AfID’s programme to the partner and will provide us with accurate financial information about them.
 
The Finance Officer has no formal accountancy training and has been learning as she goes so she would benefit from coaching. They have asked for support with cash flow forecasting; year-end and project-end activities; updating their finance policies and documentation of this; cash management systems; and financial planning. Based on your review and needs assessment of the organisation, you will be prioritising and starting to work through these areas and any other you identify that need attention.
 
The partner will be able to help source a homestay or suitable accommodation options.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Laos, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Organisation providing a platform for open discussions in society

Afforable Accommodation
Costa Rica

2 -3 Weeks

At this partner, the founders see the organisation as an artistic tool for leisure and games that works if its network stays together.

 
With that in mind their main objective is to give people a platform to discuss, reflect on issues ranging from architecture, urbanism to building less violent and less oppressive social relationships.
 
Undertaking ludic and theatrical workshops, the organisation explore different ways to keep audiences engaged and motivated, train the trainers to use participatory methodologies in different contexts, promote opportunities for community integration and encourage citizen participation. This partner’s work focuses mainly on people living in communities stigmatized as violent. Last year only they organised workshops, street activities and festivals in more than 20 communities in Costa Rica with people of all ages.
 
This will be a first volunteer placement and the role will be akin to undertaking an internal audit by conducting an assessment of 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. From your assessment, you will help them organise every project better in terms of its financial management and help them make projections per project for example to know costs of each project, resources required to run each project or areas where they could cut costs.
 
This placement is for 2-3 weeks. The staff that you will be working with all speak (intermediate) English, however this placement will require flexibility as they are not used to working in English.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Costa Rica, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

English Language School Improving Employment Opportunities

Affordable Accommodation & $50/week Stipend
Haiti

2 - 4 Weeks

This role is to support is a non-profit, adult English program which was initially started by an NGO in the aftermath of the earthquake.

The organisation is now a Haitian led, Haitian taught, and Haitian administered operation.
 
The demand for English in Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince, is overwhelming. Knowing English greatly improves chances of finding long-term, meaningful employment. More than two thirds of Haitians lack formal employment, and more than 50% of the population live on around $4 a day. Without employment, those living in poverty have little chance to better themselves. Yet, not only are there jobs available in Haiti, there is actually a shortage of skilled labour. English speakers can find work in hotels, restaurants, offices, and attain university scholarships. With the help of our partner, students are becoming qualified for these positions.
 
You will be the first volunteer on assignment at this partner and your role will be akin to undertaking an internal audit by conducting an assessment 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.
 
You will look at the basic system and spreadsheets and support the finance staff in weak areas, for example: process consistency, incorporating exchange rate to transactions, Excell formulas, tracking of payment by students, general petty cash handling and how to keep track of that, restricted and unrestricted funding, and general bookkeeping and support on best practice.
 
The organisation are looking for support for 2 -4 weeks and are able to offer accommodation in a volunteer compound for $27-36 per night. They are able to provide a stipend of $50/ week for living costs.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Haiti, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Technology and Communication organisation supporting Entrepreneurs

Homestay options
Colombia

2 - 4 Weeks

Our partner is a multi-media savvy team passionate about exploring the world and through the use of technology contribute to social change

The organisation was founded by Colombian couple, their work however, started in South East Asia, particularly in Cambodia where they worked with some of AfID’s partners.
 
This partner supports social causes through marketing and communication tools such as videos, photography, graphic design while also providing mentoring and workshops. As a small social enterprise, they support grassroots organisations or entrepreneurs with a demonstrable social impact on a pro bono or low-cost basis and they sell their products and services to social enterprises and local and international NGOs with a higher income.
 
You will be the first AfID volunteer on assignment with this partner and your role will start with an internal review of the systems and processes, making and implementing recommendations on best practice based on the complexity of their finances, the resources available to the organisation and skillset of staff.
 
The founders would also like your support with a cost analysis so that they are able to understand how much they should be charging their clients to grow the organisation but still meet their social goals. Based on your assessment they would also like you to support them with a cashflow forecast and train them how to manage a budget.
 
This placement will have a great focus on capacity building but also in formalizing their processes and accounts and making recommendations for improvement.
 
The founders are able to provide homestay accommodation at their home for 250 USD per month which will include all meals. Alternative accommodation options can be sourced by the founders if preferred.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Colombia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

Learning disability organisation ensuring inclusive & equitable education for all

Homestay options
Ghana

3 - 8 weeks

Our partner’s mission is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for children and young people with learning disabilities in Ghana.

The organisation educates parents, teachers and communities about learning disabilities, inclusive education, and actively promote effective teaching approaches and intervention strategies for individuals with learning disabilities and related disorders.
 
Programmes include:
  • assessments and consultation services
  • intervention clinic
  • mentoring to empower girls to access education
  • vocational training.
You will be the first volunteer on assignment with this partner, and your role will be akin to undertaking an assessment 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.
 
The organisation do not have a formal finance team, at the moment they have a project assistant and a record keeper. They also receive informal support of friends who have a finance management background. You will work with the record keeper, the project assistant and the director and help them implement a basic accounting system and train them on bookkeeping, income and expenditure account preparation, keeping a balance sheet and internal audit.
 
As the first volunteer, one of your key responsibilities will be to determine in what scope AfID continues to work with and create terms of reference for a second volunteer to follow on from your placement and implement recommendations, including training/mentoring for finance, programmes and senior management staff.
 
Our partner will be able to provide accommodation with a host family for $250 per month which will include all meals.
 
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 Teaching English To Improve Employment Opportunities

Affordable Accommodation
Haiti

2- 4 Weeks

Our partner is a non- profit, adult English program. They were started by an NGO in the aftermath of the earthquake, but are now a Haitian led, taught and administered operation.

The demand for English in Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince, is overwhelming. Knowing English greatly improves chances of finding long-term, meaningful employment. More than two thirds of Haitians lack formal employment, and more than 50% of the population live on around $4 a day. Without employment, those living in poverty have little chance to better themselves. Yet, not only are there jobs available in Haiti, there is actually a shortage of skilled labour. English speakers can find work in hotels, restaurants, offices, and attain university scholarships. With the help of our partner students are becoming qualified for these positions.

The organisation offer bi-weekly classes to 230 students and follow a Cambridge University English syllabus complete with internationally recognised exams. Along with lower levels, they are one of the only institutes in Haiti to offer two advanced levels and also sponsor graduates to take the TOEFL exam.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. Your role will be akin to undertaking an internal audit by conducting an assessment of their accounting and 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.

You will look at the basic system and spreadsheets used and provide in weak areas for example: on process consistency, incorporating exchange rate to transactions, Excel formulas, tracking of payment by students, general petty cash handling and how to keep track of that, restricted and unrestricted funding, and general bookkeeping and support on best practice.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation in their volunteer compound for $27-36 a night depending on the room. They have also offered to provide a stipend of $50/ week for living costs.

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

Community Clinic Providing Affordable Healthcare

Affordable Accommodation
Guatemala

2- 4 Weeks

Our partner is a community clinic that with the collaboration of health professionals, health educators, volunteers, and community leaders, offers quality and affordable health care and health education to rural, underserved communities.

The organisation's holistic health programmes focus on Medical and Dental services, Nutrition and a Healthy Schools Program. The programmes provide reliable and affordable local healthcare to adults and children as well as an education aimed to encourage life-long healthy habits.

Our partner came referred to us by one of their donors who thought they would benefit from the support of a qualified accountant. The first AfID volunteer supported them with budgeting, monthly reporting, cashflow, Quickbooks structure and a reporting timetable for the year.

You will be the second AfID volunteer to support this partner. Your role will include assessing whether recommendations from the first placement have been addressed and consider other areas for improved processes and controls.

Additionally, you will review their use of Quickbooks and identify any areas for improvement or missing controls. You will also assist with the annual budgeting process, ideally with the use of Quickbooks to establish a system driven budgeting process for future periods.

The partner will be able to recommend accommodation to suit your preferences and budget.

Please note, Spanish is required for this assignment.

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

Organisation Improving Education Opportunities

Accommodation Provided
Kenya

3- 4 Weeks

Our partner is an NGO working to prepare young people in Kenya for future employment; they work in one of the poorest areas in Mombasa where most incomes are between USD2- 4 per day and many residents are under educated and under represented at Kenyan Universities.

One of their main programmes work with children who are transitioning to secondary school. They follow their progress and provide advice and assistance throughout higher education. The organisation provide secondary school and university scholarships to top performing students who otherwise couldn’t afford the fees. The scholarships are paired with mentoring opportunities to supplement their education. The peer mentoring scheme in secondary schools creates development opportunities and work experience. Annual mentoring retreats allow school children to interact with and learn from university student mentors.

For those at university, students can access one-to-one professional mentors with people working in an industry of their interest. These mentors provide coaching, offer advice for life after education and help them build important networks. The first sponsored class graduated from university last year and they proudly report that all are either employed or working in internships. This year they are sponsoring 350 students.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. You will begin by conducting an internal review of their current systems (Excel and Quickbooks online), policies and controls and make and implement recommendations for best practise. You will help to build the capacity of their bookkeeper and work with the Director to help strengthen their financial policies and controls.

They would also like support in creating a petty cash management system, introduce bank and payroll reconciliation, improve financial reporting and create tools for cash flow tracking.

Our partner will be able to provide guesthouse accommodation.

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

Organisation Supporting Victims of Trafficking [553]

Flights, Accommodation & Visa Provided
Cambodia

2-4 Weeks

Our partner was born out of a project rescuing and rehoming victims of trafficking and exploitation. The idea was to create alternative and sustainable employment for those victims allowing them to bring an income to their families and invest in the next generation.

The organisation produce premium denim products which are sold in Australia. The production, administration and managerial staff are mainly made up of women who have escaped exploitation. Others come from factory work where injuries or mistreatment have left them disabled or unable to continue work. When production is slow they also offer training to staff on community health and financial management.

In November 2016 they became a social enterprise for the purpose of generating profits from private investment which would allow them to expand their operations. An intake of some skilled and experienced workers has allowed them to develop and grow whilst the unskilled seamstresses benefit from the guidance of the new recruits.

The Country Director is responsible for their accounting but lacks formal accounting experience. The Accounts Assistant has a degree in banking but this has only given them basic bookkeeping knowledge. They have requested  the support of an AFID volunteer to conduct an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls and implement recommendations for best practise. You will provide training to the Country Director, Accounts Assistant and other administrative staff to build their understanding and capacity.

They need support with their recent transition from NGO to social enterprise as there are still some parts of the registration process that need clarifying. As they scale up they would like advice on how to prepare their accounting activities to support this. They are in the process of creating an Excel based inventory management system but want to move to using DEAR Inventory which will integrate their Xero software and you will be advising and assisting with this transition. They would also like to develop their financial policies, particularly those relating to budgeting and cash flow management. If time permits, you will also explore transferring their staff payments to an electronic system.

This is a large scope of work and as the first volunteer, your priority will be to conduct an initial review, identifying any weaknesses and setting priorities. Anything you cannot address can be recommended for future assignments.

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.

3x Pro Bono Roles At Social Enterprise Supporting East African Farmers [547]

Flights, Visa & Stipend Provided
Rwanda

4- 6 Months

Our partner is a growing social enterprise operating across Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania using innovative new ways helping farm families to achieve their full potential. There are three pro bono roles available to support this partner.

Instead of giving handouts, our partner invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. They provide farmers with a ‘service bundle’ that includes education, finance, seed and fertiliser and market facilitation. Their programme has had a positive impact; having weighed thousands of harvests they have found 50- 100% average gain in farm income per acre.

Over the last couple of years, they have been growing at a rate of more than 50% per year. Such growth has come with its challenges and finance recruiting has not been kept at pace due to increased focus on major projects (transitioning to SAP, centralising their accounting function). Over the past year, AfID has worked with them closely to support their needs.

They are currently seeking volunteers for 3 roles:

Risk Assessment & Audit Readiness

The organisation are looking to change audit firms and in readiness for this are seeking as volunteer well- versed in applying GAAP (US GAAP would be a bonus) and assessing an organisation’s policies and procedures specifically for internal control over financial reporting (ICOFR). Experience performing risk based- control audits for companies or operations with decentralised operations would be a plus.

Your role will include:

  • Reviewing the organisation’s accounting policies to identify appropriateness and related gaps
  • Proposing and documenting the changes required to update the policies and/or close the identified gap
  • Using a risk based approach to assess the policies and processes that relate to ICOFR (including ITGC/ERM)
  • Enhancing the documentation of the policies and procedures to accurately reflect the periodic processes performed by the finance team
  • Identifying any process improvement observations and detailing actions to address the observations

Periodic Reporting

They are seeking a finance professional with management accounting or finance operation experience, specifically with closing financial reports for external and internal reporting.

Your role will include:

  • Supporting the finance team to close the periods (monthly and quarterly) by performing reconciliations of the key financial statement captions.
  • Carrying out project(s) to shorten or improve the period closing time
  • Building/developing innovative reconciliation templates and KPIs to reduce manual processes
  • Clearly documenting the processes related to the reconciliations performed such that these can be used to upskill their team of accountants.
  • Training the team of accountants to use templates and best practices on financial reporting

Annual audit file preparation

They are seeking a pro bono auditor with account reconciliation experience and advance MsExcel skills to support them with their annual audit file preparation for major accounts across 9 countries.

Your role will include:

  • Building audit file support for each business service account bottom up. Major accounts include but are not limited to: fixed assets, intercompany, staff loans and accounts receivable.
  • Extracting and analysing relevant data from a large volume of information downloaded from their bespoke CRM application, using Excel
  • Clearly documenting the processes related to the reconciliations performed such that these can be used to upskill their team of accountants.

For all these roles they are seeking someone able to start as soon as possible for 4-6 months.

Our partner will be able to cover the cost of your flights, visa and offer an accommodation & food allowance.

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.

Platform to Enhance Skills and Network of Local Business Women

Homestay Available
Nicaragua

4- 6 Weeks

Our partner, founded in 2009, is a platform for business women in Managua and throughout Nicaragua. The Executive Director aims to promote the growth and success of local women whose projects range from small market stalls to medium sized businesses.

Currently they work with around 250 women who sell their products or services both locally and online. Our partner provides them with a space to share ideas and learn effective business skills. They also deliver workshops which train the women in areas such as marketing, public speaking, bookkeeping and how to formalise a business. Membership of the network also gives the women access to important and useful contacts to help them expand their market reach.

Until recently they worked in close collaboration with a large INGO which builds economic development in Nicaragua. They managed the accounts for our partner, however our partner have become independent and so brought the accounts in-house, an idea that there donors very much agreed would be beneficial for the organisation.

You will be the second AfID volunteer to support this organisation. The first volunteer supported them for 6 weeks in November 2015 and had a very successful placement. They set up an accounting system that could be audited, documented accounting routines, made a presentation about basic accounting to members of the organisation and coached administrative staff on the completion of monthly analyses to allow completion of accounts by an external accountant. They also helped to select the accountant who started in February this year.

On this assignment you will review how the organisation has been since the first visit and ensure that the action plan and tasks outlined have been carried out. The organisation now has more projects and they would like you to review whether the recommendations are applicable to the new projects and division of duties.

They would also like your support to deliver technical assistance and training on financial management to their members and own finance team. A lot of the women go into business without any experience or knowledge of how to manage their costs or bookkeeping so you will be able to build their capacity and make their micro-enterprises more sustainable.

Accommodation is available at the Executive Director’s house, paying around $50 (£30) a week to cover meals, washing and amenities. Otherwise they will help you find an apartment or alternative accommodation, depending on your preferences. This role requires a Spanish speaker.

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

Organisation Promoting Conservation Through Community Projects

Accommodation Provided
Uganda

6- 8 Weeks

Our partner was initially founded as a link between research based in Kibale National Park and the local community. The project now works with several research groups in and around the park to target critical issues for the survival of the forest and support the local population.

The project runs a broad range of programmes addressing issues such as conservation, sustainable energy, education and literacy.

You will be the sixth AfID volunteer to support this partner. The first AfID volunteer supported them for 3 months in 2012 where they carried out an initial assessment of their accounting/ finance function. The Executive Director splits their time between in the USA and Uganda and requested support in helping to build the accountants capacity to take on more responsibility. The second volunteer implemented QuickBooks and trained the accountant in its use, the next volunteer provided further mentoring and looked at controls around procurement.

In September 2015 they received their fourth volunteer, prior to this placement there were concerns that the money for school lunches for children was being misappropriated and they heard reports from the school that only a third of the children they pledged to feed were being fed. Our volunteer helped to strengthen procurement processes. They were diplomatically responsible for uncovering the extent of any misappropriation and collecting relevant evidence to support any claims. After this placement they became stable and did not request further support until this year.

The latest volunteer spent two weeks with them in March 2017. They helped to set up a computer based inventory and reporting system for the farm produce and introduced income, cost and portability analysis. They have now requested further support on Quickbooks. You will provide training to the accountant on the depreciation of fixed assets on Quickbooks and review their use of the system to ensure they are making the most of it, reducing manual work and duplication. You will also continue to work on profitability analysis with farm produce and expenditure: tracking feed purchases and mapping trends and tracking optimal period of layering and profitability per head for chickens.

Our partner will be able to provide accommodation at their volunteer house.

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

Latin American Human Rights Organisation

Homestay Available
Peru

4- 6 Weeks

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

The organisation has a wide scope of work in Peru which includes providing support to native communities of the Amazon and the Andean regions, children affected by various forms of violence and trafficking and families and communities affected by the internal armed conflict.

Their current programmes include: Rights of Indigenous People, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management and environmental care, Rights of Children and Adolescents, Citizenship and gender equality and Institutional Consolidation of Peace in Peru.

The organisation was referred to us by their international partner who thought they might benefit from the support of a volunteer to help build their financial capacity. The first AfID volunteer supported them in September 2016 and carried out an assessment of their systems, processes and controls and made and implemented recommendations for best practise. The organisation has now requested the support of a second AfID volunteer to support their farm in Huánuco.

The income from the farm is reinvested into the women’s shelter which provides support to girls and women who were victims of sexual violence. The farm provides accommodation, a restaurant, dairy products, agricultural production and a children’s playground.

Your role as the second AfID volunteer will include undertaking an assessment of their current systems processes and controls and making and implementing recommendations for best practice. You will visit establishments in the city that sell similar products in order to review and update the farm’s business plan- projecting farm income for up to three years and the investment needed, developing a work plan with priority activities for the first year and economic proposals of the highest priority and providing training to the administrator to improve accountability.

Our partner may be able to provide homestay accommodation or will recommend a nearby guesthouse.

Intermediate Spanish is required.

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