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Organisation Improving Employment Opportunities for Indian YouthAccommodation Provided
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.
Sustainable Community of Agroforestry Farmers Preserving EcosystemsAccommodation
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.
Community Organisation Advocating for Peace and ReconciliationHomestay options
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.
- Peace and Reconciliation
- Prison ministry
- Community development
- Educational support to destitute children.
Child Rights Organisation with Medical Centre Flights, Accommodation & Stipend
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.
- 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
Organisation Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health ServicesAccommodation Provided
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 PhonesAccommodation & Airport Pick-Up
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.
Conservation Network Safeguarding Protected AreasHomestay options
4 - 8 Weeks
- Advocate for and contribute to the sustainability and proper management of Belize’s protected areas;
- Influencing national policy; and actively engaging the Government, the private sector, civil society and the donor community to ensure that protected areas contribute meaningfully to Belize’s national development;
- Facilitate the provision of technical support and capacity building for member agencies of the association;
- Coordinate, promote or conduct environmental educational activities relating to the organisation’s objectives
French Speaker for Youth Founded and Youth Led OrganisationContribution to Accommodation
2 - 6 Weeks
Our partner is a youth- founded and youth- led organisation located in south-central Madagascar who aim to provide health and leadership education to increase school attendance, reduce early pregnancy rates and improve health outcomes.
Local Organisation Supporting Community DevelopmentAffordable Homestay accommodation & Monthly contribution
4 - 6 Weeks
Our partner is a community based organisation and NGO with the aim to create change to enable a better future in their community.
- Vocational Skills Training
- Volunteer programme
- Community based mobile clinic
Organisation Supporting Marginalised CommunitiesAccommodation Provided
2- 4 Weeks
Our partner works to empower marginalised and vulnerable communities in the Makwanpur district of Nepal and helps to provide opportunities to access resources.
They run a number of programmes designed to increase the capacity of many vulnerable people. These include a community programme aiming to increase the health and well- being of pregnant women and infants, raising awareness of HIV and working with girls and victims focusing on the prevention, intervention and rehabilitation of female trafficking.
Our partner came referred to us by their UK donor who thought they could use the support of an AfID volunteer to help strengthen their financial management.
On this assignment you will make an assessment of the financial health of the organisation and then make and implement recommendations to improve their systems, processes and controls.
You will also help to strengthen their accounting software Tally, create guidelines and training for budget preparation and analysis, financial procedures and controls and cashflow and reporting.
The partner will be able to provide accommodation and meals.
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.
Human Rights Organisation Fighting for LGBT JusticeHomestay options
3 - 5 Weeks
Our partner works to achieve social, economic and gender justice for all women in Belize especially les/bi women through advocacy and empowerment.
- Gender-based violence
- Healthy relationships
- Psycho-social support for women
- Legal issues impacting women in Belize.
Organisation Dedicated to Improving Animal WelfareAccommodation Provided
2- 3 Months
Our partner is dedicated to animal welfare and creating a culture of animal care and compassion. They work with animal owners, farmers and stray populations in peri urban and rural locations.
Their programmes include a veterinary clinic, community farm and spay clinics, a rehoming shelter, an annual mass urban rabies campaign and a donkey sanctuary project. They also do policy and advocacy work with the government on legislation and policy development.
You will be the second AfID volunteer supporting this partner. The first conducted an internal review of their procedures, policy and controls, making recommendations for best practice. She helped them with bookkeeping procedures, creating financial statements and budgets, developing a finance manual, project accounting and reporting and financial management practices. Our partner have grown considerably since this placement and have requested further support to help bring their accounting knowledge and practises up to speed.
They are now using SAGE and would like further guidance on how to make the most of this as they believe incomplete usage and data entry onto SAGE is leading to inaccurate reporting and budgeting. They are also finding it difficult to take currency fluctuations on their Forex account into account and feel this is further affecting their records. They will be beginning to run a dual invoicing system from January 2017 which they hope will improve their stock system and monthly reporting. They would like to also improve their forecasting and project specific reporting for 2017.
The partner will be able to provide accommodation in their volunteer house.
Please note that the office is in the same building as their animal shelter and while the animals are kept separately in kennels and play areas most of the time, some of the dogs are allowed to wonder around the office from time to time. This placement would be best for a fellow animal lover who does not mind being around them!
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Malawi, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.
Organisation Providing Accessible Healthcare Flights, Accommodation, Visa & Stipend
6- 12 Weeks
Our partner works to make healthcare in Togo accessible and effective. They have developed and implemented an integrated care delivery model to provide high quality healthcare to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
In 2015, they launched the Maternal & Child health programme, enforcing maternal and child health services at poor performing centres. They are now planning for an additional expansion to test their model, with the hope that the evidence gained from their work will influence policy & action from the Government of Togo.
In light of the expansion of their programmes & increase in grant funding our partner are seeking a financial consultant to review the accounting and financial management systems, identify weaknesses and make recommendations on improving these.
On this assignment your role will involve ensuring that they are adequately tax and donor compliant to ensure that they are generating the right financial information to make manage grant income effectively, and make decisions on the day-to-day running as well long-term plans for the organisation.
They would like an assessment of the skillset/capacity of the local staff, an evaluation of division of duties, and identifying where the capacity gaps are and how these might be filled. This will be carried out with the intention of integrating and further developing the finance systems between the US & Togo, to help them have a simple but sophisticated tracking system to help them prepare to receive and manage larger grants.
The partner will cover the cost of flights, accommodation & visa and offer a day rate / per diem allowance depending on the length of the placement.
Please note, French is required for this assignment.
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 Working to Safeguard Children in Urban SlumsAffordable Accommodation
2- 3 Months
Our partner is a Ugandan NGO working to safeguard and provide for vulnerable children and their families living in urban slums. They provide support through education, health and livelihoods initiatives, with a focus on helping children with disabilities.
They start their engagement at an early age, running a nursery school for ages 3-5. Once the children begin primary school at age 7 they stay involved with the children’s welfare, health and education, providing a child sponsorship scheme. They also provide specialist assistance and education to children with disabilities, offering special needs teachers, physiotherapy, medical care and a support group for parents.
The organisation is partnered with a local clinic to provide high quality and affordable health care for their sponsored children. They also run a number of health outreach events in the community on areas such as sanitation, malaria, family planning and sexual health.
You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. 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 practise.
They are currently using two systems, Tally in Uganda and QuickBooks in the UK (for fundraising purposes), which has become complicated to maintain. You will be helping to identify one system which includes both the Ugandan and UK entities to continue with, preferably with online access for international transactions.
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case in Uganda will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Tailored Volunteer Programme fee scale.
Organisation Supporting Smallholder Farmers Flights, Visa & Accommodation Provided
4- 6 Weeks
Our partner is a private company that mills rice and packages it for sale to the national market. It is part of the Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises (ACRE) platform, an impact investment platform established by a number of well-known INGOs to prepare and link enterprises with patient capital.
ACRE’s criteria for investment include the need for investee enterprises to have an impact on rural livelihoods and benefit poor people as producers, consumers of goods and services and with jobs; to enable rural communities to access major markets; to have a clear commercial model; to have clear social impact; and to have an existing track record of revenue growth and profitability.
Our partner was identified as a suitable business to support as a result of several meetings, a visit to the rice mill and interviews with the rice producers. Its strategy of supporting smallholder farmers to generate sustainable incomes by strengthening their access to markets is in line with the overall vision for sustainable and inclusive economic development.
On this assignment your role will involve reviewing the company’s financial data in its current form with the aim of reproducing accounts that meet GAAP standards. You will make recommendations to the business regarding the identification and proper use of appropriate financial software and provide training to the finance team on budgeting and financial analysis that supports business decision making.
The partner will be able to cover the costs of your flights, visa and accommodation.
French is very desirable, because the main accountant speaks French fluently (& only basic English).
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.