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Finance Business Partner at Humanitarian Org. [#250]

UK
£40,000 - £45,000

Our partner is a recognised organisation working to offer greater safety to people in conflict- affected communities, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures in the aftermath of war. They are seeking a Finance Business Partner to oversee the accounting & financial management and reporting of a portfolio of overseas programmes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the creation of country budgets & cashflow forecasts, and developing tool & processes for better budget management and reporting, and preparing budget vs,. actual analysis and commentaries.
  • Support the overseas programmes in meeting their grant reporting requirements, month-end closure of accounts, and preparing for donor and organisational audits.
  • Undertaking analysis on value for money on programmes, on leasing of assets to grants.
  • Assisting in reviewing and improving accounting & financial management controls of the overseas programmes, and ensuring that these are tax & regulatory compliant.
  • Training/mentoring overseas staff as required

Requirements

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant with strong technical & MsExcel skills. Ability to lead on budget creation & monitoring and developing tools.
  • Analytical & financial modelling skills, able to critically review complex financial data
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrable experience of working effectively with finance and non-finance staff.
  • Flexible and open to travelling to the overseas programmes, some of which may be in or close to fragile states.

Previous experience in international development is not essential. The role is based in Scotland with around 6-8 weeks travel overseas. This is an excellent first role for someone looking to transition to the international development sector, and open to where they are based.

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Pro Bono Consultant for Kenyan Speech Therapy Provider [383]

UK

Our partner is a speech and language therapy (SLT) service provider in Western Kenya. As well as providing direct SLT services, they run teacher trainings on inclusive education.

They need support to develop a strategic financial plan to enable them to continue doing the work they do. They are 85% funded by a grant from Comic Relief which ends in Jan 2020, so they need to find other funding streams.

In order for their services to be sustainable in Kenya and to grow, they need to find innovative ways to source funds. The CEO is based in the UK and wants to set up the organisation here to generate income to be used to fund activities in Kenya.

Your role would be to:

  • Assist in the registration of the organisation in the UK
  • Develop a 3 year finance strategy that supports growth in the UK and Kenya
  • Build a financial profile of existing partners and funding sources to see where further funds can be sourced from

Key activities:

  • Work closely with the CEO to decide on the type of organisation they should be registered as in the UK
  • Liaise with the CEO and Kenyan accountant to discuss finances as they currently stand
  • Collaborate to develop a finance strategy

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Head of Finance & Administration [#258]

Human Rights Organization
UK
£50,000 – 55,000

Our partner is an ambitious organisation, working to secure the rights and safety of vulnerable individuals around the world. They are seeking an experienced hands-on Head of Finance to oversee and strengthen their controls, and accounting & financial management systems, and support the SMT in analysing and developing different income streams. As part of a small, complex organisation, the successful candidate will have excellent technical skills & the ability to be hands on as required, as well an understanding and interest in the operational elements of the organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • As a member of the SMT, oversee the development and implementation of the financial strategy and plan for the organisation.
  • Oversee and maintain an effective finance function, ensuring a sound control environment and reviewing, improving & streamlining accounting & financial management processes as required.
  • Oversee and ensure the production of monthly management accounts, and monitor and report on variances.
  • Produce the annual organisational budget, and cashflow forecasts and re-forecasts.
  • Oversee and ensure the production of the year-end consolidates accounts and financial statements, and prepare for the annual audit.
  • Financial modelling and analysis of the income generating arm of the organisation, working closely with the CEO to explore alternate income sources.
  • Act as a finance business partner to the programmes and fundraising teams, offering them support in developing budgets for proposals on a full cost recovery basis, and in preparing for donor audits.
  • Oversight of all donor contracts, ensuring that grants are managed on a full cost recovery basis, and all reporting is donor compliant.
  • Oversight of property management, ensuring that any improvements are made in a timely manner, and that all appropriate insurances are in place.
  • Oversight of the IT & HR functions

Person Specification

  • Senior finance professional with excellent financial management and strategic experience and skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, and willing to be hands on in terms of reviewing management accounts, preparation of year-end accounts and financial statements, and ensuring that the control environment is strong and being adhered to.
  • Experience of working with a small, complex INGO, and knowledge of donor grant management & fund accounting, on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Strong finance business partner, able to build effective working relationships with the board, SMT & junior members of the team. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of operations, including property management, IT & HR.

They are seeking someone able to make a 4 day/week commitment; they will consider a full working for the right candidate.

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NGO teaching Brazilian Samba drumming

Nigeria

Our partner is a non-profit teaching children Brazilian Samba drumming and putting on performances across Nigeria. Their main aim is to provide access to the creative arts and to empower young people to become agents for change in their communities.

You will be starting with an internal review and needs assessment of their financial procedures, system and controls. You will be making recommendations for best practice, based on their capacity, resources and understanding of the team. They have asked for support to develop a complete and appropriate finance system that will enable them to better track income and expenditure. You will be building excel templates, implementing simple and user-friendly procedures and training them on how to maintain it.

They are operating in a cash economy and struggle to collect receipts for their transactions. You will be advising on and installing financial controls.

Our partner is looking to register as a charity in the UK as well, as their income is now approaching the relevant size. They will need help to prepare themselves for the new regulations they will be held to with this registration.

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Trustees at International Development, Relief and Advocacy Charity [385]

UK

Our partner challenges the causes of poverty, inequality and injustice and helps people in the world’s poorest communities to become all that they can, by investing in partnerships that improve quality of life and creating positive, long-term change for individuals, families and nations.

 

The Board of Trustees are currently seeking new members with a commitment to this mission who can offer appropriate skills, commitment and time to this bold and innovative development and relief charity, and its dedicated and talented team of staff. They are specifically seeking two new trustees, one to sit on the Finance & Audit Committee and one on the Programmes & Partnerships Committee.

Candidates will need to be able to commit around 8 days a year, including 3 quarterly daytime Board meetings in London. They are keen to receive applications from people from a range of backgrounds, to ensure the Board continues to have a diverse ethnic, gender and age profile. Candidates do not need to be Methodist but understanding and accepting that the organisation is a professional faith-based organisation is essential.

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Na'Lu'um Cacao Institute, Belize

Management Accountant at Charitable Foundation [#257]

UK
£45,000 - £48,000

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the financial management of all aspects of the foundation’s UK property portfolio.
  • Establish and strengthen financial systems, procedures and controls, and regularly review and update these.
  • Develop a monthly cashflow projection and analysis process.
  • Ensure that budgets and financial reports meet the requirements.
  • Prepare monthly management analysis and reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of statutory financial statements.
  • Assist in the audit preparation, including preparing audit schedules and attending audit meetings, and manage follow up of external audits.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience in financial accounting, management accounting and reporting.
  • Experience of designing financial systems and developing controls and procedures.
  • Advanced MsExcel user.
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Diplomatic and able to deal with external and internal stakeholders with tact.
  • Knowledge of charity accounting, VAT & company legislation is desirable.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the financial management of all aspects of the foundation’s UK property portfolio.
  • Establish and strengthen financial systems, procedures and controls, and regularly review and update these.
  • Develop a monthly cashflow projection and analysis process.
  • Ensure that budgets and financial reports meet the requirements.
  • Prepare monthly management analysis and reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of statutory financial statements.
  • Assist in the audit preparation, including preparing audit schedules and attending audit meetings, and manage follow up of external audits.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience in financial accounting, management accounting and reporting.
  • Experience of designing financial systems and developing controls and procedures.
  • Advanced MsExcel user.
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Diplomatic and able to deal with external and internal stakeholders with tact.
  • Knowledge of charity accounting, VAT & company legislation is desirable.

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⭐Organization Supporting Rural & Indigenous Communities ⭐

Laos
Accommodation provided & Visa covered

Our partner works with rural, mostly indigenous communities, in southern Laos. Their programmes focus on helping people to develop their own potential, through education and/or livelihoods, whilst conserving the environment. They are seeking an experienced auditor to support them for 3 weeks in Feb 2019.

There has been an increased momentum in their work, and team morale has been high. They have started a new bamboo project, where local farmers are harvesting bamboo stems, using the shoots for food and the bamboo for building materials for making decorative items. They have been strengthening their accounting processes and financial controls and have recently become a sub-grantee for an organisation based in Chiang Mai with other ongoing proposals to international donors.

You will be the fifth AfID volunteer to support this organisation. They have requested the following assistance: 1) support the finance team (coaching them on improved approaches/methods of audit preparation) prepare for the audit, and then continue for about a week following the audit in order to 2) advise and support the capacity development of the local audit firm, 3) to provide support with the execution of the audit and then, 4) the preparation of the partner’s audit reports.

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Finance Manager, Child Rights & Protection [#254]

INGO
Sierra Leone
c £40,000

Our partner works to protect and support children affected by conflict and violence, finding them safe houses and the opportunity to receive an education. Having undergone a period of rapid expansion and with the confirmation of funding from institutional funders, they are looking to strengthen the capacity of their partners across Africa and have a preference for a full-time candidate, starting with a 6 month term in Sierra Leone and moving on to other country offices as required. Alternately, they would be open to recruiting for this role just as a 6 month consultancy.

In Sierra Leone, the successful candidate will be working with one key partner, supporting the Finance Director in building and strengthening all aspects of financial management, budgeting and reporting. They are seeking a Finance Manage to establish the accounting & financial management structures of their partners, supporting them in establishing and maintaining a sound control environment, and meeting donor & other compliance and reporting requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish a sound control environment, ensuring that proper financial systems are in place in the Freetown and field offices & monitoring these to minimise risks.
  • Establish and ensure the appropriate cash management processes are in place, training/mentoring staff in these and monitoring adherence to these.
  • Oversee Quickbooks implementation
  • Oversee and ensure accurate and timely grant compliance and donor reporting. This includes:
    • Overseeing proper documentation of spending
    • Preparing monthly management accounts for individual grants, and the organisation as a whole.
    • Implementing proper cost allocation of donor grants.
  • Update the Finance Manual with any changes to any procedures and systems.

Person Specification

  • Qualified, experienced accountant (at least 5 years post-qualification) with familiarity of budget preparation and monitoring, and grant compliance, management and reporting.
  • Knowledge of developing internal controls and financial management systems, and risk management experience.
  • Strong systems skills, experience of implementing an accounting system is desirable.
  • Experience of institutional grant management and donor compliance within an INGO setting.
  • Strong business partnering skills, including experience of working with field staff in an INGO setting.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Diplomatic and able to deal with external and internal stakeholders with tact.

Salary c. £40,000. Additionally, the partner will cover the cost of one return flight, accommodation & in-country travel.

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NGO serving the needs of disadvantaged women, children and youth

Malawi
Homestay option

Our partner is a community based organisation working in Southern Malawi. With the far reaching vision of a community free from abject poverty, they focus their interventions on serving the needs of disadvantaged women, children and youth through community development projects. They have requested help to improve their financial management and to support with donor reporting requirements.

They are currently running two donor-supported projects: Accelerating Children's HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative (ACT) and reducing early marriages and gender based violence.

You will begin with a internal review of their existing accounting system, procedures and controls. You will be providing training and capacity building support to the Financial Officer, Executive Director, Programmes and Admin staff. Our partner is small in turnover, staff and project activity, your implementations will need to be tailored to suit this capacity. They are currently using excel for bookkeeping.

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Programmes Finance Analyst [#256]

UK
c. £37,500 - £40,000

Our partner is a well-known and respected humanitarian INGO, offering immediate support during conflict in terms of emergency food assistance and protecting those affected from harm and abuse; and in the aftermath prioritising education for children and youth, establishing sustainable livelihoods programmes, and leading advocacy and change through the communities they support. They are seeking a Finance Business Partner to work with the programmes and finance teams, focussing on the accounting, financial management, grant management and reporting of a portfolio of countries.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee accounting & financial management of all aspects of programmes grants in country offices. This includes ensuring proper systems, procedures & controls are in place; overseeing grant allocation; monitoring spending on grants; and reporting any variances and advising on any risks in a timely manner.
  • Review monthly financial reporting, supporting documentation accompanying cash requests, and transactions are coded and recorded appropriately.
  • Support the country team in developing the annual country budget, analyse and consolidate finances every month, undertake budget vs actuals analysis, and cashflow projections.
  • Support country and UK programmes team in budget proposal development, ensuring that this is done on a full-cost recovery basis.
  • Support in the induction of new team members.
  • Reviewing and strengthening financial systems, procedures and controls, regularly reviewing and updating these; reporting any serious breaches; and training staff as required.
  • Some travel to country offices.

Person Specification

  • Experienced accountant, with experience or understanding of programmes finance in a humanitarian context.
  • At least 1-2 years of experience of institutional grant budget proposal development, compliance, monitoring and reporting; this includes experience in managing, for example, DfID, EU, ECHO, German government, Swedish government, UN agencies and USAID funding.
  • Strong technical and systems skills; advanced knowledge of MSExcel
  • Strong business partnering skills, including experience of working with field staff in an INGO setting.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel to conflict or fragile states.
  • Knowledge of French is desirable.

This role is London-based with some travel to country offices and it's only open to candidates with the right to live and work in the UK.

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SHE Investments Cambodia

Grants Accountant, Poverty Alleviation INGO [#255]

UK
£35,000 - £37,000

Our partner is a well-known humanitarian and development INGO, working around the world on poverty alleviation and empowerment projects. They are seeking an experienced accountant to support a portfolio of countries and partners in every aspect of grant finance, compliance and reporting. This role will offer a good balance of technical skills, understanding of complex grants and systems, and extensive business partnering, largely with internal stakeholders in the UK and overseas.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare budgets for inclusion on grant and investment bids, ensuring these are developed on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Work alongside the UK and country programmes team to translate work plans into costings, verify budget information, and complete and refine grant budgets.
  • Review month-end processes ensuring these meet donor requirements, and produce and review monthly reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and refine budgeting tools and templates, and monitor budgets.
  • Review contractual documents and ensure that country offices and partners are grant compliant
  • Undertake analysis of project costs as required.
  • Capacity building – responding and resolving queries, and offering support and mentoring staff in the country offices as required.

 

Person Specification

  • Part-qualified or qualified accountant with experience working in an organisation with complex systems and processes.
  • Experience in budget proposal development (full cost recovery), and grant compliance, management and monitoring of institutional funds (EU, ECHO, DfID and USAID) within an INGO context is essential.
  • Strong business partnering skills, and experience working successfully to bridge the gap between programmes and finance.
  • Good systems and IT skills
  • Culturally sensitive.

Closing date for applications: 8 January

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NGO enabling poor families to obtain loans through mobile platforms

Myanmar
Accommodation provided

Our partner has created a mobile platform that enables poor families to obtain affordable Nano Loans via their phones. They intend to target women aged 18-60 as have experienced that women not only assume primary responsibility for managing household finances, but also suffer the severest consequences of debt traps.

They are seeking the support of a volunteer in supporting them in the research, development and implementation of this new product.

Your role will be project-based, and will focus on supporting them in the research, development and implementation of a new pay-by-installment product. Your role will include:

  • Identifying where in the supply chain would it be more efficient for our partner to acquire good and products. 
  • Identifying how to best market these goods and services to our partner's target customers.
  • Developing partnerships with wholesalers/retailers (in the case of goods) and service providers (in the case of services)
  • Help to implement small scale pilot projects in order to rapidly test consumer demand and operational requirements.

You may also be required to assess what (if any) changes to the accounting and financial management system might be required to accommodate to ensure that the new product line can be properly incorporated and accounted for.

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Development Organisation Supporting Local Initiatives

Haiti
Accommodation, meals & stipend $100/month provided

Originally established as an emergency response organisation to respond to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, providing aid and assistance, our partner aims to serve as a bridge between international & local organisations to help them achieve their objectives, with the moto “Response! Relief! Renewal!” 

Since the recent loss of their local accountant who was able to update QuickBooks, the training and continuity in maintaining accounting procedures has been lost. They are therefore looking to hire a new Finance Officer from the local community and ensure that the knowledge is not lost with staff changes.

They have requested support to check & update their accounting records, provide training to the new Finance Officer and another member of staff in bookkeeping and using Quickbooks, support in drafting a procedures & policies manual and QB manual and assistance in preparing the year-end accounts, budget and preparing for the external audit.

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Accountant [#253]

INGO
Europe
c.€36,000 - €40,000

Our partner is a well-respected advocacy INGO that is holding civil organisations and governments accountable for their actions/decisions, ensuring that their powers are used for the benefit of their citizens and beneficiaries. They are seeking an accountant to take on broad financial & management accounting and reporting responsibilities, supporting a small, close-knit team in their Brussels office.

Key Deliverables

  • Responsible for day-to-day accounting, ensuring that financial transactions are inputted in a timely manner.
  • Maintain, develop and strengthen accounting and financial management procedures
  • Project accounting, including budget creation, monitoring and donor reporting
  • Producing management accounts and reports
  • Producing year-end accounts, assisting with planning for the audit, and with the annual budgeting and planning process
  • Overseeing the office administration and HR

Person Specification

  • Accountant, qualified or QBE, with at least 2 years of experience in accounting, an understanding of accounting & finance principles and management accounting and reporting.
  • Experience of project accounting, grant compliance and management is desirable.
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate financial matters to non-finance staff.
  • Motivated, willing to undertake a variety of tasks, and take initiative.
  • Flexible, able to prioritise a varied workload and meet tight deadlines.
  • Fluent in English, with excellent spoken and reporting writing skills. Working knowledge of French is also essential.

This is an excellent opportunity for an accountant looking to get all-round experience of accounting & financial management within an international not for profit. The organisation is open to considering candidates of a variety of experience, and to support those in the early stages of their career.

Some relocation costs will be covered. Closing date for applications is: Friday, 11 January.

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Senior Programmes Accountant [252]

Environment INGO
UK
c. £34,000 - £36,000

Our partner is working to protect the natural environment using an innovative approach that is embedded within a strong legal framework. They have worked and positively impacted a broad range of issues ranging from climate change and pollution; protecting the oceans and the livelihoods of those who sustain themselves from it; forestry management; and wildlife conservation. They are seeking a Senior Programmes Accountant; the successful candidate will work in a business partnering capacity supporting a portfolio of programmes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with programmes heads to support them in identifying overall funding requirements and developing programmes budgets on a full cost recovery basis.
  • Prepare budgets for inclusion on grant bids, ensuring these are developed on a full cost recovery basis
  • Oversee the financial management of all aspects of programmes grants. This includes ensuring proper systems, procedures & controls are in place; overseeing grant allocation; monitoring spending on grants; and reporting any variances in a timely manner.
  • Oversee financial processing, maintain the integrity of financial information, and ensure that programmes and partners are aware of and adhere to the appropriate financial and grant framework.
  • Review accounting processes; make and implement process improvements; monitor these and mentor staff as appropriate.
  • Undertake due diligence process and assessments of any new partners, and work with partners to ensure that they are grant compliant.
  • Prepare financial reports for grants, and be the first point of contact with grant audits.

Person Specification

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant, with hands on experience in financial accounting, budget creation and monitoring, grant budget proposal development & reporting within an international not for profit organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of grant finance management and compliance, DfID and EU experience is desirable.
  • Excellent IT & systems skills
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity, French is desirable.
  • Strong business partnering skills, working respectfully with staff and colleagues from different cultures

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Waiting for the whistle: Slum Soccer, India

Finance Manager, Charitable Foundation [#232]

UK
£45,000 – 48,000

Our partner is a global charitable foundation, investing in technology, building and strengthening local institutions, and advocating and influencing local policy. Their programmes span across different areas including education, health & nutrition, empowering agricultural communities and establishing sustainable livelihoods.

The UK offices is responsible for raising funds from institutional donors and governments across Europe, and work with partner organisations around the world to identify, apply for and manage these grants. This role has been created to offer additional resource and support to bridge the gap between finance and programmes; the successful candidate will be driving the establishment of policies, controls and procedures for these grants, as well as overseeing the management of them. You will be part of a small, close-knit team, joining the organisation at an interesting time when they have recently restructured and moved to a new location.

Key Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the financial management of all aspects of programmes grants. This includes ensuring proper systems, procedures & controls are in place; overseeing grant allocation; monitoring spending on grants; and reporting any variances in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring that grant applications are made on a full cost recovery basis, and monitoring cost recoveries from grants against budgets.
  • Business partnering, working alongside the programmes teams on budget proposal development and refinement for new grant proposals; and ensuring that donor and the foundation rules on accounting, procurement and project implementation are adhered to.
  • Designing and strengthening financial systems, procedures and controls on grant management and compliance, regularly reviewing and updating these; and training staff as required.
  • Reviewing and approving due diligence assessments on potential partners, and carrying out monitoring visits and audits of projects.
  • Assisting in the preparation of the programmes finance elements on statutory financial statements; and managing the follow up of external audit recommendations.

Person Specification

  • Qualified accountant with experience in programmes financial accounting & reporting.
  • At least 1-2 years of experience of institutional grant budget proposal development, compliance, monitoring and reporting; this includes experience in managing DfID, EU, ECHO, German government, Swedish government, and USAID funding.
  • Experience of designing financial systems and developing controls and procedures.
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity.
  • Strong business partnering skills, including experience of working with field staff in an INGO setting.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Diplomatic and able to deal with external and internal stakeholders with tact.

London with 10-15% travel overseas.

Deadline for applications is 13 September, 2018

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CBO with programmes focussing on public health

Kenya
Homestay options

Our partner is a small CBO with programmes focussing on public health. It started out as an informal group, and has only formalised themselves. It has started receiving funding as implementing partners of larger, more established NGOs and recently appointed a part-time accountant who is responsible for their day-to-day accounting.

Your role will be akin to undertaking an internal audit – reviewing their accounting & financial management controls, processes and systems, and making and implementations for best practice based on the resources available to them and the skillset of the local team. As they are starting to grow, they are keen to ensure that they will be able to meet donor compliance and reporting requirements. As part of this, they would like support in evaluating what accounting system would be most appropriate for them to transition to (Quickbooks or Xero).

Please note, as this is a really small organisation with very basic systems and a part-time accountant, it will require a lot of flexibility and the ability to see beyond the accounting & financial management tasks, and support the director in other elements of organisational management, programmes and fundraising.

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Programmes Finance Advisor [#251]

Healthcare INGO
UK
£34,000

Our partner is a well-reputed organisation, working to empower local organisations addressing emerging healthcare threats and issues around the world. This role has been created to offer additional resource and support to bridge the gap between finance and programmes, and ensure that donor and internal requirements are being met appropriately and in a timely manner.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee programmes budgets, working alongside partners to ensure that they are appropriately preparing and monitoring budgets, managing cashflow, and recording expenditure accurately.
  • Work with partners to ensure that they are grant compliant.
  • Oversee the preparation of financial reports, working alongside the UK-based programmes team and partners overseas.
  • Coordinate and support in donor due diligence and grant audits.
  • Provide financial oversight of partners, undertaking financial monitoring and capacity building visits as required, and supporting with the due diligence process of assessing any new partners.

Person Specification

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant, with hands on experience in financial accounting, financial management & reporting within an international organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience of assessing and building the capacity of partners/programmes overseas.
  • Excellent IT & systems skills, knowledge of Quickbooks and PS Financials
  • Excellent command of the English language, both in a written and oral capacity, French or Spanish are desirable.
  • Strong business partnering skills, working respectfully with staff and colleagues from different cultures

Deadline for applications: 14 November. Immediate start preferred

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NGO improving educational quality for disadvantaged communities

Cambodia
Homestay options

Our partner aims to improve educational quality and opportunities for disadvantaged communities in Cambodia. They do not teach themselves but instead empower and equip teachers and schools to achieve this.

You will begin with an internal review of their existing accounting system, procedures and controls. You will be making recommendations for best practice, based on the capacity and needs of the organisation.

You will be helping to establish simple but robust systems to manage their Cambodian entity, its relationship and financial transactions with the Australian charity and their joint increased funding and grant management. They would also like you to check they are meeting local compliance in Cambodia. You will be also training staff on the new system, in bookkeeping, budget creation and forecasting.

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Finance & Admin Manager [#249]

Empowering Smallholder Farmers
Senegal

Our partner is passionate about improving the livelihoods of rural, smallholder farmers in East and West Africa. Their interventions help farmers improve their agricultural skills, improve their position in the value chain, access and fairly compete in markets. They also offer farmers tailor-made loans and savings initiatives. They are seeking a Finance & Admin Manager to oversee the delivery of a complex, multi-country programme funded by one of their largest donors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assess, develop & strengthen the current accounting systems, ensuring that appropriate controls are in place to appropriate track & account for their grant funds.
  • Develop the financial management system, including creating tools for budgeting (individual country & consolidated budgets), variance analysis & cashflow forecasting.
  • Donor compliance, including preparing the quarterly grant reports
  • Train and staff development in regional offices.
  • Administrative support, including overseeing HR issues, internal processes, managing shared Google Drive file structure, planning for management team and project-wide activities.

Person Specification

  • Experienced accountant with a strong technical background, and experience in reviewing and strengthening controls.
  • Excellent knowledge of IT systems, and comfortable working in an environment where systems changes are being implemented.
  • Strategic thinker experienced in change management, supporting senior management in streamlining processes, planning, and in embedding digital changes within an organisation.
  • Excellent business partnering and influencing skills – able to train/mentor junior staff and work with a variety of senior internal and external stakeholders with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to take initiative, demonstrate openness, sharp business acumen and sound judgement.
  • Good knowledge of grant management and reporting requirements
  • A working knowledge of French is highly desirable.
  • Experience of living & working in Africa is essential.

The partner will offer the cost of a return flight, a monthly accommodation & living allowance, and a salary c. $3,500 - $4,000 per month, depending on experience.

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Kids are a-go-go at Kidogo, Kenya

Supporting & empowering refugee youths to live full independent lives

Kenya

Our partner is a young organization created by refugees in Kenya. They envision a society where every young person can influence the decisions that affect their well-being and participate actively in the socio-economic building of their communities. With the mission to empower the youth to live to their full potential, they focus on increasing opportunities for education, employability and access to reproductive health services.

They run two main programs, each covering one strategic goal: "Education for Livelihoods" and "Sexual and Reproductive Health".

You will be conducting an internal review of their existing accounts, procedures and controls and will make and implement recommendations for best practice, in line with their capacity, resources and understanding. You will also support them in the following main areas: improving their accounting policies, procurement and bookkeeping procedures, support with their QuickBooks system, training the local team in general accounting good practices, budgets and financial reporting.

As they are just setting up their new office and team in Nairobi, they would benefit immensely from the review and recommendations of an experienced professional to help them make sure they have strong systems and procedures to allow them develop in the right direction.

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International Programmes Accountant

UK
£36,000

Our partner is a leading humanitarian and development organisation. They are seeking an international programmes accountant to oversee and support the accounting, financial management and grant compliance of their programmes in Middle East and Africa.

Key Deliverables

  • Oversee financial processing, maintain the integrity of financial information, and ensure country finance staff are aware of and adhere to the financial and grant framework of the organisation.
  • Review accounting processes and undertake risk assessments; make and implement process improvements; monitor these and mentor staff as appropriate.
  • Review and process grant agreements, grant transfers and office cashflow requests for the region
  • Maintain oversight of the programmes finances, and ensure expenditure remains in line with budgets.
  • Provide support to programmes teams with budget and forecast preparation, and ensure donor financial reporting is accurate and delivered on time.
  • Provide analysis and insight on financial performance
  • Oversee and mentor country finance staff

Person Specification

  • Experienced management accountant, with familiarity of budget preparation and monitoring, and grant compliance, management and reporting.
  • Knowledge of developing internal controls and financial management systems, and risk management experience.
  • Strong business partner experience, working with multiple stakeholders in the UK and overseas, and able to deal with them with tact.
  • Adaptable, flexible and able to pick things up quickly.
  • Willing to travel to the Middle East & North Africa as required.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Organization providing education to deaf and hard of hearing children

Vietnam

Our partner is a small organization providing education to deaf and hard of hearing children. Started as a small initiative, they have grown unexpectedly over time as more and more parents brought their children to be registered and receive education from them, the only institution who would accept deaf children and provide suitable educational services.

They have a very basic accounting system, working on a spreadsheet in Excel – they have never made a report and don’t have written financial procedures. Their team have not studied accounting, and would benefit from training, to help them streamline processes and make better use of their efforts and time.

You will begin with an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls. You will be identifying gaps and implementing your recommendations for best practice, in line with their needs, context and capacity of local staff. Our partner has requested especially support in using Excel – improving the system and templates, training in creating budgets and drawing reports from it, to present to stakeholders.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Performance Improvement Specialist (fluent in French) [#247]

Wildlife Conservation
DRC
$4500/month

Our partner, a fast growing wildlife and environmental conversation organisation, is seeking a Performance Improvement Specialist to support them in ensuring that the finance department keeps pace with its growth.

The ecological, cultural and political context in which they are operating is one of the most challenging yet rewarding in conservation.

The succesful candidate will work alongside the CFO and the Head of Internal Control and will have the authority to direct the finance department on a daily basis.

Key responsibilities

  • Oversee and support in improving the day-to-day, month-end and year-end processes. This includes identifying all tasks, allocating these to individual accountants, and monitoring their completion.
  • Review the inter-department and intercompany transactions, and define their process and accounting treatment.
  • Develop a monthly reporting pack, including I&E, balance sheet, project budget vs. actuals, and cashflow forecast.
  • Oversee the development of the 2019 budget
  • Manage the finalisation of the Sage implementation.

Person Specification

  • Qualified, experienced accountant with significant experience in management of finance teams/departments, implementation of process changes and staff reorganisations, development and monitoring of complex budgets, and donor funding and reporting.
  • Business level French
  • Excellent systems skills, including advanced Sage ERP and Excel skills.

The role will be split across Goma and Rumagabo. The organisation will cover the cost of one return flight, accommodation, visas and a salary equivalent to $4500/month.

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NGO tackling issues affecting health, environment and education

Malawi

Our partner is a youth-led NGO working in the rural Northern Malawian districts of Chitipa and Rumphi. It uses a grass root, community engagement model to tackle issues affecting health, environment and education. They aim to create empowered communities which can influence rural development and where vulnerable and disadvantaged groups can thrive.

Their projects address the following issues/risks:

  • Poor attendance of girls in schools 
  • Climate change effects on natural environment and resources 
  • Economic instability
  • Child protection/rights
  • HIV/AIDs

You will be reviewing their progress and providing further training and guidance as needed. You will be reviewing compliance and ensuring accounts and reporting are being kept up to date. You may also have to introduce the preparation of financial statements and an accounting software. Our partner's director is also keen to try QuickBooks and you will be helping prepare them for this transition.

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Chris and Harriet, Rwanda

EC Audit Consultant (German speaker) #248

Development assurance specialist
Europe
400-500 Euros pd.

Our partner is looking for a German/English speaking consultant with audit experience (including within the EU institutions) for desk based work at an EU Directorate General in Brussels office, for a period from December 2018 until December 2019 or May until December 2019.

The auditor must have: 

  • A minimum senior auditor level for work on the national system audits/EC audits/ECA audits with excellent skills in analysing and drafting in English and German
  • Good knowledge of auditing standards
  • Good knowledge of the regulatory framework related to the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund (i.e. management and control systems, eligibility rules).

The specific tasks to be performed are:

EC audit missions:

  • Participation in system and compliance audit missions at national programme authorities in Germany and Austria (audit authority, managing authority, certifying authority, intermediate bodies). This includes all stages of the audit from planning, execution to reporting.
  • To follow up on EC missions and analyse the Member State's reply to EC's audit report. An assessment of the Member State's reply to the draft audit report from EC missions has to be prepared and subsequently a position letter has to be drafted.

Desk audit work - Assistance with the analysis of the "assurance package":

  • Assistance on the legality and regularity and acceptance of accounts process and on the assessment of national systems audit reports.  
  • This includes the review of the assurance package submitted by national authorities of selected programmes. The review is to be evidenced in specific checklists and the conclusions to be reflected in letters to the national authorities.   
  • The assistance further includes the validation of the national audit authority’s sampling selection, based on the Commission’s guidance on sampling.  

The reporting languages are English and German. 

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Organization training and supporting local artisans

Laos

Our partner trains women to sew and it focuses on product development and linkages to the market. They are commited to supporting and developing the skillset of local artisans, and they do so by buying raw materials and products from village artisans, village cooperatives and organisations that support vulnerable groups in Laos.

 

Our partner has also been supporting and collaborating with organisations supporting women and girls at risk of human trafficking and/or sexual exploitation.

You will review their financial controls and revisit the cash management; monthly accounting processes; stock and inventory; and business accounting. You will also help review their online sales procedures to make sure they have the most effective system set up. Our partner is now selling in Singapore and want to make the most of this new opportunity and to continue to expand their reach.

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International Finance Manager [#246]

Inspiring conservation charity.
UK
£35,000 plus benefits

Our partner is seeking a dynamic and results-driven finance professional with experience in charity finance. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to become an essential part of meaningful change in the across Africa, supporting innovative conservation  programmes relieving poverty and protecting the environment.

  • Provide the Board of Trustees, Senior Management and staff with reliable and timely consolidated financial information and analysis.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of financial systems, reports and procedures.
  • Maintain and develop UK Finance and Human Resource systems, procedures and policies.
  • Support the Finance & Resources Director to ensure that the UK charity meets all legal and statutory requirements.
  • Provide ongoing Finance Support to the overseas programmes team.
  • Ensure the continuing integrity of charity’s UK financial records and internal controls.

You will have a professional accounting qualification and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in finance management, preferably with an overseas development organisation.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to work calmly under pressure to deliver outputs on-time and to a high quality.

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Organization working to support vulnerable youth

Liberia

Our partner is a grassroots NGO, working to provide individualized educational, psychosocial and financial support to those most vulnerable youth living in the slum of West Point.

They need support in developing their accounting and reporting procedures that also align with other international donors, to allow the organization to be compliant and seek funding from other donors. As their procedures are very complex, they believe there is a need to simplify the existing financial system to adjust to the local needs and to the capacity of the local staff.  Our partner has also requested support in:

  • Supporting the in the development of proposals for potential grants
  • Training of staff and beneficiaries on village saving loan association
  • Supporting relevant staff in drafting of financial reports and graphics

EXPRESS INTEREST

⭐NGO supporting the Mesoamerican Reef Conservation [563]⭐

Accommodation (50% of costs) & Stipend provided
Guatemala

Our partner is a regional funding institution, representing conservation funds in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, based in Guatemala. They would like the support of a pro bono accountant who can help them strengthen their internal accounting processes.

Their mission is to enable innovate, transnational solution to critical Mesoamerica reef issues through long-term financial support and trustworthy reef management advice. The organization raises funds for programs to protect coastal & marine areas in the region, sustainable fishing and climate change monitoring & management.

Your role will begin with 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. They have also asked for a volunteer to provide training in basic financial management to programmes officers of the central office and partners of protected areas in the field. 

EXPRESS INTEREST

SMV Wheels, India

International Freelance Auditor [#245]

Assurance services for int'l institutional donors (EC, UN, WB, DFID)
UK
€330-500 per day.
These unique and rewarding freelance audit opportunities would suit experienced qualified audit professionals that are flexible, love diverse travel experiences, meeting inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes.
 
AfID is recruiting on behalf of a leading specialist in assurance services for international institutional donors such as the UN, World Bank, DFID and the EC. These unique and rewarding audit opportunities would suit experienced qualified audit professionals that are outgoing, love diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and supporting very worthwhile causes. Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 100 countries/ territories.

Role overview

Complete international grant expenditure &/or VFM audits for an extremely diverse range of projects (grant recipients) funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure, to more commercial projects such as SME development or technical research. Additionally, depending on your seniority you will provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process.

Freelancers

For qualified, multi-lingual audit professionals with a minimum of 5-10 years post-qualified-audit-experience within a diverse international setting &/or INGO financial/ grant management experience, freelance contract options may be available. Applicants must be fluent in English, with strong report writing skills and a second language that includes either French, German, Dutch, Spanish, or Mandarin.

Assignments are 1-3 weeks in length and based across the European mainland and the entire developing world. These are offered on an assignment by assignment basis, one to two months in advance. Please note there is no guaranteed period of work within the contract.

Contractors can be based outside the UK on the European mainland but must be able to work in the EU. 

Details

The role will use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills and will give you experience in working with major institutions all over the world. An example assignment might see you leading an audit opening meeting with a UNICEF country office on the Monday morning, before heading off to spend a few days with a local NGO or government partners to audit the way they have spent UN funds. You will look at a sample of supporting documents to make sure the expenditure is genuine and for the purposes intended by UNICEF, and review the internal controls of the NGO, making recommendations as to how these might be improved to strengthen the management of the UN resources. At the end of the fieldwork, you will draft at aide-memoire document and discuss your findings with both the UN and its local partner, explaining your reasoning and being prepared to defend your position. At the airport, you could even start drafting the formal report as you wait for your flight back to London. In addition to a competitive salary and flexible benefits, we will offer internal training to maximise your personal and technical skills.

Requirements

  • Qualified ACA / ACCA or equivalent

  • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries

  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures

  • Fluency in a second language is preferable, especially in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic.

  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Internationally recognised audit qualification preferable.

​ Personal attributes:

  • At least 10 years of audit experience

  • Ability to work under pressure; Strong planning, organisational and time management skills

  • Sound technical and analytical skills, report writing and presentation skills

  • Passionate about international travel and development and willing to work in international locations

EXPRESS INTEREST

Social Enterprise Enabling Development

India
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner is a social enterprise distributing life-improving products ranging from solar lights and fuel-efficient cookstoves to reusable water filters and rechargeable batteries.  They are looking for a volunteer accountant to support them in developing their systems and improve donor reporting.

They work with multiple designers and manufacturers to produce a catalogue of 160+ innovative products which tackle sustainable development challenges. Their vision is to become the go-to gateway for life-improving technologies to be distributed in emerging markets worldwide, thus improving many more lives along the way.

As the first AfID volunteer, you will begin by reviewing their existing systems, procedures and controls and assessing capacity and resources. They have asked for support to improve and create new procedures that will enable them to generate regular, up to date and consolidated financials for both their US and Indian books. They would like a system that can be used in India and for their International funders, taking into consideration the different reporting requirements.

EXPRESS INTEREST

International Internal Auditor [#244]

Leading International NGO
UK
£42,000-44,000
An amazing opportunity to join a world respected NGO undertaking strategic and complex audits globally including challenging environment; providing significant input to the design and delivery of ongoing risk and control initiatives.

 

  • Assists in the development of audit strategies, audit plans and programmes in accordance with the requirements of the departmental plan
  • Assists in the development of audit strategies, audit plans and programmes
  • Ensure all audits are planned and conducted in accordance with professional and departmental standards
  • Undertake the design and delivery of new audit initiatives
  • Support the design and delivery of the Control Self-Assessment process as required
  • Undertake special assignments and investigations and in particular undertake more complex and high level audit investigations
  • Develop professional and constructive working relationships with key managers including senior level managers and be able to challenge when necessary
  • Provide advice, guidance and support on risk and control issues to a wide range of staff at different levels of the organisation 
  • Produce quality reports for local and senior management and Trustees
  • Ensure responses to reports are received, reviewed and actioned
  • Take a leading role in the development of new/amended audit processes, specific innovative ways of working and new ideas for reviewing risk and control issues
  • Provide high level support for other auditors’ programmes worldwide
  • Deputise for the Internal Audit Manager as required
  • Supervise and develop internal auditors and delegate work as required

EXPRESS INTEREST

International NFP Assurance (Global travel c40%) #243

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
£45,000 - £54,000

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic flexible individual with a keen interest in international development to join the International Development Assurance Services team of our partner providing a wide range of specialist assurance services to a range of clients.

They  work across a range of specialist sectors and would in particular welcome candidates with experience in Central Government, United Nations, NGO and similar bodies.

The role will be attached to the International Development Assurance Services team providing a wide range of assurance services including internal audit, grant audit and investigation services to clients in the UK and internationally. This position is UK based with international travel.

The team sits within the Internal Audit department within the broader Risk Assurance service line.

About the ideal candidate

You should be able to demonstrate understanding of international development though working in the UN system, Charity, NGO or similar organisations. They are seeking IIA/ CIA or ACCA, ACA, CFE qualified OR part qualified people, experience in health, education, procurement, supply chain, governance, anti-corruption or justice is a distinct advantage.

You should be adaptable, they frequently don’t work 9-5 and accommodation overseas can sometimes be basic. You should be prepared to work in challenging environments, work alone or as part of a team to deliver a range of assurance services to our clients who operate in the international development environment, including the development of our monitoring and evaluation credentials.

The work we undertake is varied and different, it is audit and assurance based and you might be involved in verifying beneficiaries in the villages of Kenya to support an audit of a cash transfer programme, advising the Auditor General and team at the National Audit Office in Malawi through a capacity support programme, undertake an internal audit at a UK overseas embassy, reviewing the funding provided to NGO in Zimbabwe or reviewing the supply chain control processes for a United Nations body.

We don’t expect you to know everything, but you should be enthusiastic, have the adaptability to grasp concepts quickly, evidence your work, project confidence and professionalism to the client and work closely with all grades and cultures in an open supportive team environment.

To enable us to support new contracts preference will be given to applicant with language skills. We will support the right candidate to complete their professional qualification.

Tasks may include

Undertaking financial and document analysis work;

Systems review and testing compliance with funders requirements?

Compile, analyse facts and circumstances to formulate, substantiate and critique various theories, evidence and conclusions

Organise and present complex information in a clear and concise manner

Research and analysis of complex information to provide a structured, logical and intelligible picture of situations

and allegations

Essential

• Self-starter, ambitious, team-player

• An adaptable problem solver

• Experience of Central Government, United Nations, NGO or similar bodies

• Be prepared to work on secondment to clients

• Prepared to undertaken security clearance

• Willing to work internationally developing economies / post conflict countries (appropriate training will be provided)

Desirable

• Experience in health, education, procurement, supply chain, governance, anti-corruption, law enforcement or justice is a distinct advantage

• A second language (French, Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic)

EXPRESS INTEREST

Organization combating illegal dog and cat meat trade

Vietnam
Accommodation and meals provided

Our partner is a young organization dedicated to raising animal awareness and combating the illegal dog and cat meat trade in Vietnam. They conduct educational workshops to raise awareness, and have a rehabilitation centre where they rescue, sterilize and manage fostering activities for stray cats and dogs.

You will be conducting an internal review of their existing accounts, procedures and controls and will make and implement recommendations for best practice, in line with their capacity, resources and understanding. They are now working on Excel, and would benefit from your support and training in improving their current system and utilize it with more efficiency. They have a Sage account that they haven’t used yet, and would like your support in determining if Sage is appropriate for their needs. 

Our partner has requested 2 weeks support for an initial placement and are flexible on dates.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Villa Ticca, Ecuador

Finance Director, Empowering Smallholder Farmers [#241]

Sierra Leone
$45,000 - $55,000

Our partner is a young, growing agricultural social enterprise, working with smallholder farmers in West Africa to pilot and disseminate farming practices to improve yields and food security, and offer sustainable incomes. Having successfully established themselves in Sierra Leone, they are now looking to expand into Ghana and seeking a talented Finance Director to support them during this exciting period of growth.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the finance function ensuring that there are appropriate financial controls in place, and that all the organisation’s entities are statutorily, tax and regulatory compliant.
  • Oversight of financial management, including the production of periodic management accounts, analysis and reports; manage short-term cash and long-term planning; and provide leadership to optimise the financial performance of the organisation
  • Work with the CEO in designing the fundraising strategy (grants and investments), prepare the financial models and support presentations made to funders/investors.
  • Analyse and work with the relevant departments to mitigate financial, operational and environmental risks.
  • Advise senior leadership on business decisions based on appropriate cost and profitability analysis of the operations.
  • Finance business partnering with internal and key external stakeholders
  • Staff management, and development of the finance team.

Requirements

  • Senior finance professional, with all-round experience running the finance, operations and HR functions of a growing enterprise.
  • Strong technical skills, and experience in fundraising (investments), financial analysis, establishing new operations, designing and strengthening controls & processes.
  • Experience of work in a complex organisation with multi-country and multi-currency operations, and a variety of operational and environmental risks.
  • Excellent proficiency in written and verbal English
  • Strong problem solver, flexible and able to handle a large and varied volume of work and responsibilities maturely
  • Excellent relationship management skills, and ability to deal with stakeholders diplomatically and with tact.
  • Interest in agribusiness in a developing context.

The role will be based in Freetown with travel as required.

The organisation will cover the cost of one return flight.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Pro Bono Accountant to support LGBT organisation

Kenya
Affordable Accommodation, Airport pick up provided

Our partner is the first organisation of its kind making headway in offering support and empowering LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya. 

Their programmes and initiatives include: Provision of free legal aid on cases covering issues of discrimination, sexual and gender violence, and forceful evictions; Strategic litigation, selecting cases that are in the public interest to positively affect and change the lives of LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya; Train first responders to help preserve evidence & accompany people to police stations, and support them in the response to any violations against LGTBIQ individuals.

The organisation have requested a thorough assessment of their accounting & financial management controls and procedures. They would like the pro bono accountant to make and implement recommendations for best practice, and create a sound accounting and financial management system that takes into account the complexity of their accounting, the resources available to them and skillset of the local staff.

EXPRESS INTEREST

CFO, Supporting smallholder farmers and enterprises [#243]

Tanzania
$65,000 - $75,000

Our partner has an innovative asset leasing model to support smallholder farmers and small entrepreneurs in expanding their businesses, and improving their livelihoods. The organisation has received a lot of recognition for its work, and model and has been expanding rapidly across Tanzania. They are seeking a CFO to oversee their finance, administrative and risk functions, and support them in their growth plans.

Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the organisation’s finance and operations; this includes the accounting, finance, administration, risk & compliance, and treasury functions.
  • As member of the SMT, assist in formulating the organisation’s future director, direct the implementation of strategic business plans, and develop financial and tax strategies.
  • Assume a leadership role in fund & capital raising initiatives, including building a relationship with local financing institutions to facilitate working capital financing.
  • Establish and regularly review accounting & financial management systems, and a control framework that drives legal, tax and statutory compliance.
  • Develop the company’s financial management tools & models, including budgets, cashflow forecasts, and long-range financial plans.
  • Monitor all legal issues affecting the industry, and more specifically involving the organisation.
  • Oversee & develop local finance staff.

Person Specification

  • Qualified, experienced senior finance professional with experience in oversight of the finance, operations and risk in a growing company.
  • Strong technical background with experience in developing and strengthening the control environment, financial analysis, financial modelling, strategic financial management, and reporting (fund reporting is highly desirable)
  • Experience in raising capital and fund management (both from private investors and donor grants) and maintaining investor relationships
  • Understanding of financial institution performance, including lease portfolio performance
  • Experience of working in Africa is desirable.

The organisation will cover the cost of one return flight, initial accommodation (2 weeks), and cost of the visa/permit. The role is paying $65,000 - $75,000, depending on experience, and there is a generous pension contribution.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Volunteer accountant at social enterprise training STEM teachers

Ghana
Accommodation provided

Our partner is pioneering inquiry-based learning in Ghana. The organisation are seeking the support of a Volunteer Accountant to help them develop their accounting system and meet the requirements of prospective funders.

The organisation improves teacher capacity to teach in this method by providing practical training workshops to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teachers. In partnership with government education services and associations of science teachers our partner has trained more than 2,600 science teachers across Ghana.

You will do an assessment, making and implementing recommendations and design a system that can accommodate the organization’s growth, meet the requirements of prospective funders and investors.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Internal Audit Consultant [Fluent Arabic], International Healthcare [#237]

Jordan
£300-£350/day

Our partner is a well-reputed organisation, working to empower local organisations addressing emerging healthcare threats and issues around the world. They are seeking an experienced internal audit consultant, to undertake a financial capacity assessment of two partners, in Jordan and Egypt.

Requirements

  • Experienced internal audit consultant, with a background undertaking financial capacity assessments within an INGO setting.
  • Fluent Arabic speaker, preferably familiar with working in Egypt & Jordan.

The partner will cover the cost of travel (flights, accommodation, visa) and offer a day rate of £300-£350 depending on experience.

EXPRESS INTEREST

El Porvenir, Nicaragua

Finance Manager, International Healthcare Grants [#242]

UK
£45,000

Our partner is spearheading research and innovation in healthcare, by making grants to a portfolio of research programmes and infrastructure investments. They have recently been awarded ODA funding to expand their programmes internationally; the aim is to support research initiatives for the preventions of ill health and optimal disease management globally. They are seeking a Finance Manager to oversee the management of the ODA grant.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake analysis of grant applications to ensure that they qualify for ODA funding, and develop appropriate measures to capture relevant information at the application stage.
  • Offer grant application financial guidance, and support them in developing the appropriate controls and systems to report back on any grant made.
  • Design and develop appropriate forms to be used by grant awardees to report back on their grant spend.
  • Monitor returns and reports from the grant awardees, ensuring these meet ODA regulations, and flag any compliance concerns.
  • Production of reports as required by the ODA, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain a 5-year forecast of ODA spend.
  • Represent the organisation on any ODA-related matters.

Person Specification

  • An all-round finance professional, with experience in designing and developing controls and reporting tools, and undertaking due diligence and monitoring the finances of partner organisations / grant recipients.
  • Knowledge of ODA rules & regulations is essential.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communicator, able to represent the organisation internally and externally.
  • Flexible, able to work with minimal supervision and manage a varied workload effectively

EXPRESS INTEREST

Senior Manager – Institutional Donor Grants #240

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
£65,000 - £72,000

Our partner a leading global specialist in NFP & Institutional Donor Assurance services. The organisation supports a number of contracts with large institutions including the European Commission and established INGOs operating globally.

This role will manage a portfolio of EC grant audit assignment/ recipients.

  • Efficiently managing your time to ensure your portfolio is properly serviced and work is completed in a timely manner;

  • Managing all stages of the audit and advising the partner on audit outcomes;

  • Anticipating significant issues based on experience and knowledge of other grant audits and sector specific knowledge; being proactive in recommending solutions to these issues;

  • Advising clients on all financial reporting issues with reference to other specialists where necessary;

  • Sub-tender preparation on our existing framework contracts as well as involvement alongside other managers and partners on new tender opportunities;

  • Beginning to take ownership of identifying business opportunities from existing clients and supporting initiatives to develop new business opportunities including attending and organising network events;

  • Managing audit teams and reviewing their work; and

  • Responsibility for training of staff as required.

Responsibilities or involvement in Management

  • You will assist with the running of the Group by working with the management team to ensure that staff resources are best used to service the clients in the department. This will involve the following:

  • Further develop the grant audits team and practice;

  • Acting as a mentor for a group of trainees;

  • Appraising your group of trainees;

  • Active involvement in the development of audit staff;

  • Contributing to the running of the Group;

  • Assisting in the motivation of staff;

  • Staff recruitment - conducting interviews with a partner; and

  • Assisting with marketing activity.

Requirements

Substantial grant audit management experience;

Proven skills in managing a portfolio of assignments;

roven skills in managing staff;

Substantial external commercial auditing experience; and keen interest in specialising in the Not For Profit and Grant Auditing sector.

Qualifications

ACA or ACCA, or equivalent, qualified.

Language skills

Fluent English; ideally written and spoken French or Spanish to intermediate level. Any other European language skills would be considered beneficial.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Grant Audit Consultant - Polish Speaker #239

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
350-450 Euros pd.

Institutional grant audit assignment on behalf of the European Commission based in Brussels for c140 days. 

A leading specilaist international accounting practice seeks experienced & qualified audit professional for 140 day assignment in Brussels supporting the EC. Applicants must be fluent in both English and Polish. Assignment will commence in October 2018.

EXPRESS INTEREST

URGENT Pro Bono Consultant for Environmental Conservation NGO

Belize
Accommodation provided

Based in stunning Belize, our partner is an NGO working to protect the natural environment, raising awareness and educating Belizean and International students. They provide immersive and residential study in sustainable conservation management practices through a study abroad programme and local community development and outreach projects.

Their wildlife sanctuary has recently registered as an NGO and are now building their structure and procedures to meet the necessary requirements. They are in the process of preparing for their next audit now. They have requested support to help adjust their financial system to suit the new organisational structure. They are aware that they need to make improvements and create a more robust and comprehensive system which aligns finance and management more closely.

You will begin with an internal review of their existing procedures, systems and controls, referring to the most recent audit report and making your own assessment on any gaps or weaknesses. You will be making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice, taking into consideration the resources and capacity of the team. You will be working with their Accounts Clerk, who has an accounting degree but would benefit from further coaching.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Finance Manager, Global Healthcare [#236]

UK
£45,000 - £47,000

Our partner is a well-established and recognised healthcare INGO working across a number of countries in Africa & Asia. They are seeking a Finance Manager to oversee the financial integrity of the UK and a portfolio of country offices, and provide relevant and timely support to the country offices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversight and management of budget and cashflow forecasts for the UK and a portfolio of country offices on a rolling basis.
  • Production and review of monthly management accounts, variance analysis and reports.
  • Oversight of the month-end checklists, financial accounting processes and donor reports to ensure that these are correct and completed on time.
  • Support in the preparation of the statutory and project audits and ensure that audit recommendations are understood and implemented in a timely manner.
  • Continuous review and development of financial accounting and budget monitoring processes, and provide training to staff as required.
  • Line management of two members of staff in the UK. This includes reviewing workload, and supporting them in the professional development.
  • Technical line management of country finance managers.
  • IT management and support, a required.

 

Requirements

  • ACA or ACMA qualified accountant, with a broad range of financial and management accounting experience and skills.
  • Experience of coordinating budgets in a complex, multi-country environment, preferably within an INGO. Knowledge of institutional grants, specifically USAID is highly desirable.
  • Experience of developing and implementing new financial systems and reports.
  • Strong business partner able to build a strong working relationship with colleagues in the UK and overseas, and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in training and developing staff.
  • Excellent IT and systems skills, including Excel.
  • Strong ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload, attention to detail and effective troubleshooting.

This role is London-based with 20% travel to country offices.

They are reviewing candidates on an ongoing basis, and early applications are highly recommended.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Laos Rugby Federation

NGO Empowering Rural Communities with Goats

Affordable Accommodation
Tanzania

Our partner is a Christian organisation, working to support some of the poorest families in rural communities in Tanzania, through providing Goats as a means of sustainable income. They are looking for a volunteer financial adviser to help them plan for the future, including providing training to local staff and support developing forecasting and projections for their intended new farm.

Our partner works with families in 11 villages in the Karatu District, supporting almost 300 families to date. Through a microloan scheme with dairy goats, they provide training in agriculture, animal husbandry, entrepreneurship, savings and biblical values. Their project aims to provide food for the family and access to education and medical care. They provide families with dairy goats which provide nutrition and a means of income. The organisation work in partnership with village leaders, government vets, pastors and other NGOs. 

You will be the second AfID volunteer to support this organisation. You will be reviewing their progress since the last volunteer’s placement and providing further training where needed. The organisation is planning to build a farm and would like help developing financial forecasting and projections for this, as well as streamlining their internal international processes and assessing whether they are ready to move on to accrual accounting.

EXPRESS INTEREST

Finance Director for Clean Energy Org. [234]

DRC
€48,000 - €55,000 depending on experience

Our partner is a young but fast growing clean energy organisation based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Whilst the development of clean energy is a commercial initiative, the organisation is part of an alliance that is committed to sustainable development of the DRC’s natural resources.

As part of its commitment, our partner offers free public lighting to a number of localities, as well as to hospitals, schools and administrative facilities close to the power network. The supply of electricity is being trialled alongside an experimental microcredit programme to promote and facilitate entrepreneurship among the locals who would not have access to bank loans.

They are seeking a Finance Director to lead the organisation through development and person. The successful individual will be responsible for strategic oversight, financial planning and be the main point of contact for donors, investors and other key stakeholders.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversight of the organisation’s finance function. This includes maintaining adequate and complete records, ensuring timely completion of all accounting & finance activities, and establishing a framework for financial analysis and reporting on regular basis to meet legal, regulatory and grant requirements.
  • Oversee development, approval and implementation of the annual budget and quarterly forecast in collaboration with the CFO.
  • Track and monitor annual and monthly budgets and expenditure and provide accurate information and analysis.
  • Manage project finances and prepare financial reports for donors and investors.
  • Finance business partner, working to build and maintain relationships with donors, investors and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work with the senior leadership team on risk assessment and management, project development, financial strategy and the sustainability of the organisation.
  • Undertake field visits to assess and strengthen the control environment and accounting processes, and train/mentor staff as required.
  • Coordinate internal audits, external audits and donors and investors where applicable.
  • Implement relevant accounting standards, audit standards and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and maintain current knowledge and understanding of accounting and tax regulations, laws, industry trends, and practices.

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience in finance at management level, including a track record of successfully working in an operational environment and meeting objectives within the private/commercial sectors.
  • A strategic thinking able to work in a growing company with complex funding sources.
  • Masters degree in Economics, Finance, Business/Qualified CPA, CA CGMA, CIMA, ACCA
  • Fluency in spoken and written French and English is essential.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to work effectively with junior colleagues and peers, and build and maintain relationships with donors, investors and other external stakeholders.
  • Willingness and ability to live and work in challenging field conditions.
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Passion for conservation and development work
  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

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Senior Manager - Risk, Assurance & Consultancy #233

Specialist Practice supporting institutional donors globally
UK
£55,000-60,000

Assignments relate to projects/programmes funded and/or delivered by organisations such as the EC, World Bank, United Nations, national governments’ development bodies and NGOs.

The Manager takes responsibility for managing and/or leading assignments in the domain of risk management and internal audit, reporting to a Partner. This includes the coordination of a large-scale learning and development contract, managing the delivery of c.200 days of training a year.

The Senior Manager manages teams made up of Project Coordinators, Junior Managers, Consultants (including trainers) and Audit Seniors, including review of planning, fieldwork, reporting, training performance and project management.

Specific responsibilities include but not limited to..

Client assignments

Manage and lead risk and internal audit related assignments

Manage delivery of training courses, including liaison with clients and trainers, design and/or review of training material and delivery of training courses in the domain of risk, internal control and financial management;

Business development

Prepare proposals or tenders for specific assignments, either stand-alone or within a framework contract, reporting to a Partner.

Internal development of the International Institutions Grant Assurance Team

Provide on-the-job training, coaching and guidance to more junior team members on an ongoing basis.

Candidate Profile

  • Qualifications: A degree in a relevant discipline (2:1 or above).
  • Membership of an industry-recognized professional body (IIA, ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, IRM).
  • Excellent working knowledge of audit standards, techniques and methodologies, and specifically of the international standards (IPPF) issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Experience in conducting external quality assessments against such standards an advantage.
  • A good working knowledge of a second language, especially French or Spanish, would be an advantage.
  • Passionate about international travel and international public sector. Experience working with the EC, UN or other International Organisations and/or NGOs would be an advantage.
  • Willing to work in locations outside the UK for up to 50% of the time.

At least five years of practical experience in planning, conducting and managing internal audit assignments, as part of an in-house, co-sourced or outsourced internal audit function – including conducting risk assessments, developing and implementing risk based audit plans

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Empowering Teachers & Supporting Inclusive Education

India
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner is a registered Trust in New Delhi working to improve teaching and learning practices in government schools. They aim to provide children with better access to education and opportunities regardless of social or economic background. They are looking for a volunteer to help them develop and strengthen their financial management.

Their inclusive approach with schools works to strengthen teaching and learning processes and introduce a more innovative and holistic curriculum.

You will begin with an internal review and needs assessment of their existing accounting systems, procedures and controls. This will include looking at and advising on stock management and annual budgeting. They have also asked for support strengthening their financial management and creating management reporting dashboards to inform decisions, as well as support creating a Finance Procedures Manual.

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NGO inspiring youth with Hip Hop & Graffiti Art

Cambodia
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner provides a safe environment for street and other vulnerable children and youth from some of Cambodia’s most impoverished neighbourhoods, using the culture of hip hop to engage and inspire them, and allow them to experience a life free from drugs and HIV/AIDS. They are seeking a volunteer accountant to support them in developing their internal & external reporting capacity.

They have two main programmes: they offer creative classes in breakdancing, rapping, beat making and graffiti art; and run an education programme in English, Maths and Computing. Peer mentoring is a core part of their work, and they hope through this they are ultimately offering the children and youth an opportunity to become leaders, teachers and positive members of society.

They are a longstanding AfID partner and as the eighth volunteer, you will be reviewing their progress since recent placements, checking accounts are up to date and without errors. You will be reviewing reporting and financial controls, providing further training as needed. They have also asked for assistance with year-end activities and donor reporting.

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Karim on assignment with DAYO, Kenya

NGO Educating and Empowering Girls

Sierra Leone
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner was created to ensure that women and girls in Sierra Leone are educated and empowered to be able to fully access their legal and human rights. They are seeking a pro bono accountant to provide further training and support to their local finance team.

The organisation support women and girls through a combination of hands-on legal aid, innovative outreach programmes, intense awareness raising, hard-hitting advocacy and tight collaboration with the Justice Sector, to strengthen it from the core.

Your role as the fifth AfID volunteer will be to continue developing the financial capacity of the Finance Manager and Finance Officer. The most recent AfID volunteer has recommended providing tailored training on basic accounting principles and to ensure that the finance team can independently record all transactions and maintain appropriate documentation. You will also support them preparing for an external audit.

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Int'l Donor Assurance Mgr./ Senior Business Partner [#229]

(French speaker)
UK
£50,000 - £55,000

Our partner specialises in providing essential assurance services to institutional donor organisations - this specialist team carrys out audits and special assignments for internationally funded projects in Europe and worldwide.

Assignments are principally audits or special assignments of projects funded by organisations such as the European Commission, World Bank, United Nations, governmental development bodies and NGOs.

Your role is to provide a high quality service to clients, contribute to business development activities and be active in the internal development of the department, in particular to specialist hubs based overseas. 

Overview

The Manager takes responsibility for overseeing the development of clients across a number of specialist overseas hub offices reporting to a Partner.

The Manager will also perform a limited fieldwork role on some assignments, particularly those which are also staffed by Hub Office personnel. Accordingly, travel should be expected at a level of approximately 20%.

Business development

  • Perform reviews of tenders prepared by Hub Offices, reporting to Partner
  • Oversee coordination of tenders with support from Hub Office Support coordinator
  • Take the lead in drafting tenders reporting to a partner

Client assignments

  • Manage all aspects of a client contract involving concurrent individual audit assignments
  • Manage and deliver new and / or complex assignments including designing appropriate responses to non-conventional terms of reference, writing tailored work programmes and designing bespoke reporting formats
  • Develop a detailed understanding of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and be able to provide expert guidance in an area of specialism
  • Manage a group of assignments under a client contract from planning to finalisation reporting to the senior manager/partner
  • Review and finalise a tailored plan for group of assignments under a contract based on an understanding of the terms of reference
  • Lead and manage assignment fieldwork teams including locally based staff
  • Critically review findings made by other team members and identify potential findings that were not made by other team members
  • Lead opening meetings and present the audit findings at closing meetings
  • Conduct assignments in a sceptical but constructive manner
  • Review and improve reports in line with client and firm expectations
  • Review the audit programme and audit file and take actions to ensure that both are completed in line with firm expectations
  • Be accountable for overall contract and individual assignment deadlines and be proactive in taking actions to ensure deadlines are met
  • Be accountable for the time spent on assignments against budget and be proactive in taking actions if budget overruns are anticipated
  • Oversee preparation of newsletters, drafting own articles and generating ideas for others and liaising with the relevant IOC for the coordination of receipt of articles from Heads of Offices 
  • Prepare and present own presentations at conferences to keep participants up-to-date on latest developments

Requirements;

  • Qualifications: (ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent)
  • At least five years audit experience in practice, preferably including public sector experience
  • Ideally worked for a top 20 firm
  • Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus
  • Highly developed technical and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent reporting writing skills
  • A broad range of staff planning and supervision experience
  • Team worker
  • Adaptable and flexible in attitude
  • Public sector knowledge and interest
  • Candidate should be bilingual (English / French)
  • Third language desirable, especially Spanish, Portuguese or German
  • Passionate about international travel
  • Willing to work in international locations

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Finance & Operations Fellow - Fluent French Speaker [#227]

Zambia
c. $2,000/month

Our partner is a young but rapidly growing clean energy organisation. They have developed an innovative scheme, whereby they are offering individuals and households access to clean energy lighting, phone charging, TVs and radios, through a scheme where they can pay for the cost of these items in affordable monthly instalments. 

Uniquely they are pricing as close to the cost of using kerosene & paying for mobile charging; this, with the introduction of the financing, has meant that they are able to reach those individuals and households at the bottom of the pyramid.

As a result of rapid expansion, they are looking to bring on individuals to take on Finance & Operations roles. The successful individuals will be based in their Ugandan or Zambian offices, where they are established, and over 6 months will have the opportunity to learn the business and develop their accounting, financial management and operations skills. At the end of the 6 month period, there will be the opportunity (depending on performance and mutual interest), for the individuals to take on lead finance and operations roles in new country offices they open.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with the finance team, to understand the control environment, and accounting & financial management procedures. This would include the month end processes, reconciliations, internal reporting and grant reporting.
  • Support with the roll out of an ERP system
  • Conduct field visits and understand the functionality of all departments. This would include the production and field operations.
  • Support in establishing and maintaining appropriate inventory management controls, and assisting in conducting stock audits to ensure that the organisation retains its competitive edge.
  • Work with the local team to assess in-country logistics, with the aim of optimising costs.
  • Evaluate the design of their after-sales services system.

 

Person Specification

  • A qualified accountant
  • Experience in developing internal controls, management accounting & reporting.
  • Experience of operations, including procurement, logistics, HR & inventory management is highly desirable.
  • Outstanding relationship building and communication (written & oral) skills.
  • Entrepreneurial & a strategic thinker
  • A willingness to travel
  • French or Portuguese is desirable

 

The organisation will cover the cost of one return flight, visa/permit, and offer an allowance of c. $2,000/month.

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Pro Bono Accountant for Environmental Conservation Project

Cambodia
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner's mission is to educate about and change the behaviour towards single-use plastics and how this affects the environment. They are seeking a pro bono accountant to help them with their year-end activities & prepare their annual report.

They raise awareness through educational workshops & large annual campaigns. They also run smaller workshops in schools and within the busy Cambodian tourist industry. To date they have reached at least 5,500 people through their educational program across Cambodia, primarily in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.

You will be the third volunteer and will be supporting the organisation with year-end activities and creating their annual report. You will be reviewing their progress since the last volunteer placement, including the testing of the consultancy business model he started with the founder. She will have been testing the pricing model throughout the autumn busy period. You will be providing further guidance and training as needed and helping to prepare them for 2019.

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Community Development Project Supporting Small Farmers

India
Accommodation provided

Based in one of India’s poorest states where many rely on farming for their livelihoods and food supplies, our partner aims to introduce agricultural and agroforestry techniques that will increase yield and productivity for local small hold farmers. They are looking for an accountant to help them prepare for audit and registration.

The organization is in their infancy and is still completing the registration process: for this they will need to become ready for audit. You will be starting by conducting an internal review of their current financial processes, systems and controls and will make and implement recommendations for best practice, in keeping with their capacity and understanding.

This placement will require you to go back to the basics of bookkeeping and finance management. They have requested training and guidance on these processes. They are also continuing to apply for new funding and would like help presenting the financial information in these applications.

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Hands up at Ahazaza, Rwanda

NGO supporting Hunter Gatherer Communities

Fluent French required
Cameroon

Our partner works with hunter gatherer groups. They translate educational materials in written and audio format into their mother tongue to increase access to education, promote multilingual literacy and to validate and promote the vibrant cultures of these minority and marginalised groups. Our partner also promote early childhood health and support sustainable management of natural resources.

The organisation has been operating with small-scale budgets and operations but have recently received an international grant that has raised their income five-fold – they need now to adjust staff and systems to be able to manage the increased responsibilities. Besides, due to the very remote location and isolation of the community, their local team needs to develop their internal capacity in order to be able to manage the increased responsibilities and requirements of this donor. You will support them with further training in reporting.

It is important to them that volunteers be culturally sensitive as they are working with marginalised and stigmatised groups, you will need to be open minded and adaptable.

 

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Looking to develop a career in International Development?

The AfID Workshop is a good first step..
UK
ICAEW HQ, One Moorgate, London
A practical insight for accountants looking to volunteer or work in international development. A fun, informative and interactive day designed both for accountants looking to volunteer overseas and those considering a career move into the sector. 
 
It’s a great way to learn about development, the varied roles for finance professionals, our assignments and the needs our many non-profit partners. The day is very relaxed and carefully designed to provide detailed insight into the different challenges, stakeholders and environments you will encounter; mixing real case studies and volunteer feedback with John and Neil's wealth of experience.

Career Changers

If you are thinking of a career change understanding the context of the accountant's role and effective ways of partnering with diverse stakeholders is essential; the insight you will gain from workshop will strengthen your candidacy and hopefully give you the edge you need to stand out in a popular sector. On our
Career Changers page we feature true stories from accountants who have forged new and rewarding careers in the charity sector after volunteering.

Each workshop is delivered by John Cammack, a very experienced independent consultant in the non-profit sector. John is a qualified CIPFA accountant, consultant and university lecturer. John has been involved with international development work for over 30 years, previously as Head of International Finance at Oxfam GB and then Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Financial Management at Oxford Brookes University. Neil Jennings, the founder of Accounting for International Development, will also be in attendance to answer any volunteering or AfID partner related questions.

The workshop runs from 8.30am - 5.00pm (Registration 8.15am-8.30am) and is followed by a Past Volunteer presentation and Q&A 5.00pm - 5.30pm. For more click https://www.afid.org.uk/workshops

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Child Protection and Child Rights Organisation

Philippines
Accommodation and Meals provided

Based in the popular tourist area of Puerto Galera, our partner plays a large role in raising awareness about and addressing taboo issues such as child sex abuse and exploitation in the Philippines. They are looking for an Accountant to help them review and develop their financial system.

The organisation provides a shelter rehabilitation programme for street children and offer scholarships to local children to encourage them to attend school and recently started an environmental awareness programme. The organisation has also developed training materials to build the capacity of local law enforcers, social workers and advocates.

For the past few years, they have been in an almost constant process of expansion and now there is an urgent need to strategise on the best possible framework for their financial management system. Your role will be to help design a system that is solid, cost efficient and with all necessary checks and balances built in.

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Sustainable Development NGO Empowering Local Communities

Belize
Accommodation provided

Based in a quiet and remote village, our partner works to promote the health and well-being of the people, the communities and the environment in the Toledo District of Belize.

They assist indigenous Mayan, Garifuna and other local community-based groups in their efforts to create and maintain economically viable and environmentally sustainable means of providing for their families. They are currently running 2 main projects: installing solo lighting in every home in the village and distributing reading books to local children.

The NGO was initially a medium-sized organization with a number of grants and projects. However, they have been struggling for several years with a reduction in funding and staff.  You will begin with an internal review of their existing procedures, systems and controls, making your own assessment and recommendations for best practices, taking into consideration the resources and capacity of the team.

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Social Enterprise supporting Rickshaw Drivers

India
Accommodation provided

Our partner’s mission is to provide vocational support to rickshaw drivers and cart operators across India.

They sell rickshaws to drivers on measured and extended payment periods, allowing them to access self-employment and enabling upward economic mobility. They have also introduced solar-battery powered rickshaw to reduce physical labour with sustainable solutions.

You will be the third volunteer on assignment at this organisation. You will be supporting with business development and modelling for new ventures and to support their ongoing growth.  If time permits, reviewing internal procedures with their new accountant and making recommendations for best practice.

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Tim at Tiyatien Health, Liberia

Disabled Youth Employability & Advocacy NGO

Zambia
Affordable Accommodation

Located in the capital, Lusaka, our partner supports young people with intellectual disabilities through vocational training and access to employment and economic independence. They are seeking a volunteer to help them develop their systems and provide training to their finance team.

The organisation raises awareness to tackle social stigma and exclusion and to influence changes in government policy. They have recently launched their own social business, a Juice Bar, which aims to create jobs for those for whom it is hardest to find them. It doubles as a place to raise public awareness and engage the local community.

Your role will be to conduct an internal audit, improving systems, procedures and controls and providing user-friendly tools and training to develop staff capacity and support organisational growth.

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Pro Bono Accountant to support educational organisation

no Spanish language required
Guatemala

Our partner is a small organization providing educational support to indigenous children and their families who live below the poverty line. They are seeking the support of an Accountant with audit experience to review and improve their current systems and procedures.

The organisation run an After School Center which supports children with their homework and offers English and Math lessons. They host a Soccer Club and Reading Program, as well as offering vocational training such as Sewing or Computer Science for older students.

Your role will start with 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.

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Non-Profit Building Capacity of Local Community Organisations

Laos
Lunch provided

Our partner works to support local Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and Non-Profit Associations who work in development for poverty alleviation in Laos through capacity building workshops, sharing knowledge and best practice. They would like help developing the finance aspects of their programme work.

Their objectives include building the skills of CSOs to enable implementation of efficient development projects in their target communities and create opportunities for the Lao civil society to enhance mutual coordination, learning and sharing of information on the development’s work.

They have requested that you help develop a finance management tool to be used with the local organisations and develop basic finance management training they can deliver to CSO staff. This will need to be suitable for the needs and capacity of local NGO staff who do not have a finance background.

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Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs

Uganda
Accommodation provided

Our partner provides high quality, specialised and affordable physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to children with disabilities and special needs. They are looking for support to help them prepare for audit and provide further training to staff.

The organisation also provide training, education and support to families, carers and communities on caring for children and young adults with special needs including regular out-reach to 3 schools who have students with disabilities, providing training to teaching staff and community outreach in partnership with other community organisations and local health centres.

As the fourth volunteer, you will be reviewing their progress since the last placement. They have also requested support to help with the year-end process and more training on how to use their accounting system. You will also be helping them prepare for audit and set up the 2019 budget and accounts for the new financial year.

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Mircofinance Empowering Women and Supporting Social Enterprises

Cambodia
Accommodation provided

Our partner works to support small businesses and extend the support of microfinance with their business incubator model. They are looking for an accountant to help them develop their systems and provide training to non-finance staff.

The organisation work with individuals (mainly women) who run small projects for the benefit of their community and are looking to scale these up. They help them group together to create small businesses and provide the entrepreneurs with training for business. This includes: advisory & mentoring in product design, development & marketing, product launch, business development, and operations.  They have three businesses at present: weaving, health & wellbeing products and a farming cooperative.

As the second AfID volunteer, you will be reviewing their progress and continuing to provide support. In particular, they would like support in developing their system and training for non-finance staff.

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Home Leone, Sierra Leone

Children's Home with income generating activities

Kenya
Accommodation provided

Our partner organisation was founded in 2008 in response to the post-election violence and displacement of more than 500,000 people. Many of the displaced were children. They have asked a volunteer to support them in preparing for audit and strengthening internal controls.

The organisation comprises a children’s home housing 110 children ranging from new born babies to 18-year olds; the original home was in a building in a poor state of repair and it was only in December 2014, that they moved to their new premises. The organisation now also run income-generating activities supporting the local residents – a women’s group producing clothing, jewellery, and leather goods; an scheme turning recyclable waste into smokeless fuel; a service for growing and selling therapeutic herbs, and; a farm producing fresh vegetables for their children and the community.

They have requested further support at the end of this year focused on help with some of the audit suggestions around internal controls. In addition, they would also like help updating the Finance Procedures and Policy manual.

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NGO Empowering Disabled Women

Laos
Lunch provided

Our partner is run by and supports disabled women in Laos to help them to become more independent. They provide skills training and build their confidence, selling the handmade crafts the women are taught to produce to generate income.

The organisation was founded and is run by women with disabilities and works to provide support to other Lao disabled women by helping them develop new skills and build their confidence.

Your role will be to review their progress since the last AfID volunteer and support them with their sales system, Microsoft Access, introduce profit analysis and inventory management tools and providing further staff training. You will be helping the organisation become self-reliant and get to the stage where they do not need external support.

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NFP Empowering Andean Women

Peru
Accommodation & Meals provided; Fluent Spanish required

Our partner empowers Andean women by helping them start and run their own businesses. 

The organisation invests in their skills & leadership and connects them to global markets for their small businesses. 

You will help them improve their systems for costing and pricing inventory to be able to evaluate cost, set price, understand and update the cost of each material, and analyse and distribute overhead costs.

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Sponsored Education for Slum Children

Cambodia
Reduced Rate Accommodation, Visa

Our partner sponsors families to provide the opportunity for their children to go to school instead of working in the slums and rubbish dumps.

The organisation continue to support and develop them to enable further leadership and educational opportunities.

Your role will be as the 3rd volunteer, reviewing progress and continuing to develop the capacity of the local Accountant. Improving, streaming and introducing new financial procedures.

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Animal Welfare Charity

Malawi
Accommodation and Lunch provided

Our partner is dedicated to animal welfare and creating a culture of animal care and compassion. They are seeking an Accountant to provide support and training to their new Accounts Manager.

The charity is the first and only animal welfare organisation in Malawi, working with animal owners, farmers and stray populations. 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 would like guidance on how to make the most of their accounting software, particularly its financial management features. You will be working with their new Accounts Manager and offering coaching and capacity building support as necessary.

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Jennifer on assignment with Kattaikuttu Sangam

Humanitarian Aid Field Auditor (French speaker) [#207]

UK
£43,000 - £48,000

Our partner is leading a consortium of European firms and was awarded contracts with a European Institutional Donor to audit grant funding awarded to various organisations within the European Community. 

The contracts include within their scope the audit of grants awarded to various organisations, both private companies, governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations, in various fields including humanitarian aid, civil protection, culture, research, energy etc. Approximately 100 field trips are carried out in each year.

They are seeking an experienced, passionate individual to join their team as a Field Auditor. Your role will be to conduct field-based audits of humanitarian programmes around the world. The purpose of these audits would be to establish that what is being said by the HQ about relief/humanitarian work being undertaken by the recipient of a fund, is actually what is happening on the ground. As such, as part of this, you will be spending time at a country office of a national or international programme, followed by time at the field office, and finally on the project site itself. The broad nature of this role will mean that you are able to speak to variety of people – from HQ & field staff, to beneficiaries to understand the nature of the relief/aid they are receiving, and compare that what is being stated. You will also have the opportunity to compare the control environment and make recommendation on best practice.

The trips will last on average from 2-5 weeks; they anticipate at least 5-6 trips a year, though this is likely to be higher. The field auditor will be responsible for planning & executing the audit, and writing a report at the end.

 

Person Specification:

  • A qualified or experienced auditor with a passion for international development, specifically humanitarian work.
  • Someone who is willing to travel extensively to conflict and fragile states, or states that have suffered from natural disasters. Our partner takes safety/security very seriously and they have regular security briefings & awareness training.
  • Excellent report writing skills – the reports will be written in English, though it requires someone able to understand the complex & sometimes controversial nature of findings, and be able to present these in plain English and diplomatically.
  • French is essential, other languages (Spanish + other languages, a bonus).
  • Excellent planning, organisational & time management skills – you will be required to plan & execute audits, and write & submit reports. There is a 6 month deadline of submission of reports from the point the audit is initiated; the field auditor will be at a variety of stages for multiple audits and therefore need to be able to manage their time very well.

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Youth Employment Social Enterprise

India
Accommodation & meals provided

Our partner is a social enterprise dedicated to preparing India’s youth for life after school; they support existing college and high school students with employability training, leadership development, and career services. They are seeking a volunteer accountant to review their current processes and help them transition to a new accounting system.

Currently in India students from low-income and rural backgrounds struggle to find quality employment opportunities after graduation and this organisation attempts to address this employability gap.

Over the past few years, the organsiation has grown quite prominently. They have requested support with a specific project of moving from a basic accounting process to a different software that would better suit their needs and improve efficiency. They have requested support reviewing the alternative options, conducting a needs assessment and market research. You will be identifying a suitable option and helping them prepare for the transition.

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Int'l Development Audit Senior (German/ French speaker) [#205]

£44,000- £48,000, c. 50% travel
UK

This unique and rewarding opportunity would suit an experienced German or French speaking audit professional that loves diverse travel experiences, meeting and supporting a broad range of inspiring people and worthwhile causes. 

Assignments are principally audits or special assignments in connection with projects funded by organizations such as the European Commission, DFID, USAID, World Bank, United Nations, governmental development bodies and NGOs.


Overseas assignments are typically 1-2 weeks in length and could mean travel to one of over 40 countries/ territories. It presents a fantastic opportunity to see the parts of the world you’d never otherwise get to see and pick up extremely relevant institutional donor and fieldwork experience, vital for anyone seeking a career in the international development NGO sector.
 

Role overview

Complete expenditure &/or VFM audits of an extremely diverse range of projects funded by international donor institutions ranging from emergency aid, to long term development in areas such as agriculture, health or infrastructure, to more commercial projects such as SME development or technical research. Additionally, depending on your seniority you will provide on the job training and guidance to more junior team members throughout the assignment process. This role includes considerable travel on assignments to any part of the world.

Role purpose: to provide a high quality service to clients, contribute to business development activities and be active in the internal development of the Public Sector Group.

Person Specification

• Qualifications: ACA / ACCA / CIMA or equivalent.

• Audit experience in practice, preferably including public sector experience.

• Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus;

• Sound technical and analytical skills; Good reporting writing skills.

• Good communication and presentation skills

• Staff planning and supervision experience.

• Team worker; adaptable and flexible in attitude.

• Public sector knowledge and interest. 

• Second language, German or French 

• Passionate about international travel.

• Willing to work in international locations for 50% plus of the time.

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NGO Enabling Children's Education and Empowering Families

Rwanda
Affordable Accommodation, Lunch provided

Our Rwandan partner supports children’s education through the provision of school fees, school materials and medical care. They are looking for an experienced Accountant to provide further training and strategic support to their team.

Their support also extends to the children’s families through income generating projects such as a farming cooperative, which supports widows, young mothers and those who have been in prison and have been released because either they were suspected of the genocide or completed their sentence.

As the seventh AfID volunteer, you will be reviewing their progress and continuing training. Currently they are still using a basic system to record income and expenditure. They have requested further support to review their accounts with the Senior Accountant, support updating their financial procedures manual and develop a 5 year strategic plan.

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NGO Empowering People To Transform Their Communities

Cambodia

Our partner is a not-for-profit organisation in Cambodia that works around the country to empower people to be agents of transformation in their communities using the foundations of Christianity.

The organisation works to achieve their goals through different programmes: they offer lessons for children and teenagers on health, hygiene and HIV prevention. They are seeking an accountant to help them develop their internal controls, reporting and analysis. They reach out to neighbours and family to meet the needs of the community, and ​​​​​​they equip churches and communities with needed resources.

They has asked for a volunteer to help the team with QuickBooks, providing training on its use and how to best utilise the systems. They have requested training in the following areas: financial reporting, Reconciliation of Cash, Receivables, and Payable, encoding of financial transactions and closing procedures. They would also like help with reviewing and improving internal controls; correcting errors; setting up budgets in Quickbooks; profit and loss analysis; bank reconciliations; backup and filing; and cash advance policies.

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Children at Abriendo Mentes, Costa Rica

NGO Empowering Marginalised Women & Communities Affected by Disaster

Malawi
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner is a local NGO empowering marginalised women, girls and youth in central Malawi with health, education, disaster response and small business support. They are seeking support to help build their finance management capacity, assess them for risk and meet donor requirements.

The organisation provides community-based programmes that address health and nutrition, education, youth development, human rights, economic empowerment and disaster management. Their educational programme focuses on supporting girls to tackle obstacles to attending school, such as early marriages and pregnancy and poor sanitation provisions.

Your role would be as the first volunteer, conducting a needs assessment to identify and address weaknesses or gaps and build staff capacity.

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Sports & Leadership Training Academy

Cambodia
Accommodation provided

Our partner works with at-risk Cambodian youth, using soccer as a tool for social change and personal development. They aim to keep children from working on the streets and to empower young girls. 

Their current programmes include collaborative projects with schools, leadership development, advanced education and life skills.
 
Your role will be to review staff’s progress with the new processes implemented by the last AfID volunteer and provide further training as needed. These include inventory management, purchasing, fixed assets register and internal and donor reporting.

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Social Enterprise Providing Professional Training

Colombia
Airport pick up

Based in the vibrant capital, our partner implements leadership development, social entrepreneurship, teacher training and summer schools programs.  They would like a volunteer accountant to help them build the capacity of two junior, local members of the team.

Following the departure of their former CFO the two junior members of the team have been covering the responsibilities and would benefit from training on financial management in general and on specific areas that will be uncovered in your assessment.

Your role will start with 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.

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⭐ Global Health Organisation⭐

Malawi
Accommodation, Visa and Lunch provided

Our partner works to transform lives by developing and implementing models of care and sustainable solutions to global health challenges.They are seeking a volunteer accountant to undertake an assessment of their accounting and financial management systems and provide support to their senior management team.

They have medical and research operations, a clinic to provide quality HIV/AIDS treatment; care and support for HIV infected people in Zomba and surrounding areas; services in hard to reach areas and prison services and teen clubs to access psychosocial services.

You will be the first volunteer on assignment at the organisation and your role will start with an assessment of their accounting and financial management systems, making and implementing recommendations on best practice based ont the complexity of their finances, the resources available to the organisation and skillset of the local staff.  You will also suport the organisation in strengthening the overall financial infrastructure and reinforce the team capacity while creating a more stable environment.

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Social Enterprise supporting Humanitarian Aid Workers

Leadership and Development Training
Thailand

Based in the vibrant city of Bangkok, our partner is a small social enterprise providing leadership and development training. They are seeking the assistance of an Accountant to support the development of their financial systems and processes.

The organisation was created to support development and humanitarian aid workers and promotes resilience and innovation through leadership development, facilitation, training, and other activities including resilience retreats.

While the CEO has experience with running programs financially, she is not a finance professional and would appreciate a review of their finance practices and training where needed. You will also help identify an accounting software suited to their needs, streamline processes and provide training.

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FARM Africa, Ethiopia

Ugandan NGO Empowering Refugees

Uganda
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner supports and empowers refugees and displaced people in Uganda. Their aim is to help those who have been displaced to integrate into society and become self-reliant.

The majority of beneficiaries are refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan, aged between 15-35. They are facing deprivation and vulnerability from a lack of access to health care, education and opportunities in their new communities.

The organisation focus on improving access to education for adults and children, providing vocational and business education to women to enable them to become self-reliant, sports coaching to bring people together, computer literacy classes and employment training to help refugees get employment.

You will be the second AfID volunteer to support this NGO and will review their progress since the first placement, providing further staff training on new procedures as needed. They would also like help developing a 3-5 year strategic plan, including a funding strategy as they are struggling to raise enough funds to run all the intended projects. You will also be helping to develop annual and project budgets which will help grant applications.

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Social Enterprise Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

Nepal
$275 towards Accommodation, lunch provided

Our partner, supporting young Nepali entrepreneurs, are looking for an Accountant to help them develop their financial systems and provide training to local staff.

The organisation is a development social enterprise supporting young Nepali entrepreneurs through a one-year business incubation programme funded by DFID. The main goal of the programme is to get the business infrastructure in line focusing on opportunities, sales, marketing and financial management. As part of their set up they also provide coworking spaces, a training lab to conduct community-based training and host the Kathmandu Mini MakerFaire with a Humanitarian focus of bringing together international and Nepali makers to showcase innovative solutions to social challenges.

You will be the first volunteer on assignment at this organisation and your role will begin with 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. From your assessment you will identify priorities to be developed during your placement and others to be continued by the organisation after your placement.

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Social Enterprise Empowering Women Business Owners

Cambodia
cost of Visa provided

Our partner supports female entrepreneurs by providing business training, mentoring and ongoing support to help their business scale and create social and economic impact. The organisation would like a Pro Bono Accountant to provide training to financial staff and strategy support to management staff.

Their income is very project based and they have found it hard to keep operational and project budgets so they would like to transition to a simpler system which still offers transparency.

You will be reviewing their progress since the last AfID volunteer placement and providing further training for the Finance Officer and Programs team. The Program Mangers and Senior Team would also benefit from training on strategy, financial planning and budgeting. In addition you may also have opportunity to visit some of the small businesses and provide direct assistance and mentoring.

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NGO Empowering LGBT Community

Belize
Lunch provided

Our partner is a legally registered NGO which has been engaged in numerous community-driven initiatives aimed at mobilizing, educating, informing and supporting the LGBT community and LGBT families in Belize.

Our partner works to improve the quality of life and access to opportunity for LGBT persons and their families ensuring a socially inclusive Belize. To do so they hold social events in their community centre with the LGBT community, where they discuss empowerment and education around same sex couples / family issues. They advocate to create awareness around inequality in Belize to change laws affecting the LGBT. 

As part of their requirement they prepare for audits, submit annual reports to funders and to the Attorney General’s office. They are in need of a formal system to manage their income and expenses and to improve their financial capacity. You will be the first AfID volunteer on assignment at this organization and your role will start with a review their accounting systems, processes and controls and making and implementing recommendations based on the resources available, the skills of the team and the context where they work. You will be working with the Centre Coordinator and Members of the Board.

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Supporting School Communities with Sustainable Agriculture

Providing training to farmers and teachers
Zambia

Based in Zambian capital, Lusaka, our partner works to ensure school and college communities live in abundance using their land creatively to produce a diverse range of nutritious food and other useful products. They are seeking the help of an Accountant to provide training and support to their new Accountant.

The Programme provides residential training to the teachers and farmers in agro-ecology techniques, participatory implementation of productive and multi-purpose landscapes in school and monitoring system.

The organisation have requested support to their established programme in Zambia, where they are in the process of recruiting a new, full-time Accountant. The Regional Facilitator has requested support to help the new Accountant settle in and provide coaching as necessary. They will need training on QuickBooks and backups and electronic filing procedures recommended by the previous volunteer.

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Music practice at Kampala Music School, Uganda

Social Project Empowering Impoverished Rural Communities

Indonesia
$25/week Stipend, Airport transfer and Visa covered

Our partner works to eliminate poverty and promote culturally sensitive, sustainable social and economic development in the impoverished rural communities, prioritising the health, nutrition and education of children.

As the first AfID volunteer on assignment at this organisation, your role will start with an assessment of their accounting & financial management systems, making and implementing recommendation. Our partner has 3 accounting members of staff however none of them have been professionally trained. Your role will include working with them to build their capacity especially around internal audit and developing financial procedures and controls.

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NGO Empowering young entrepreneurs through apprenticeship training

Uganda
Food provided

Our partner empowers young entrepreneurs to develop sustainable careers to become financially independent by providing business startup classes, business acceleration, soft skills and employment training. They are looking for a volunteer to set up an accounting system and provide training support to their staff.

They work to address the lack of the economic opportunities for youth from low income families through an innovative and holistic program of entrepreneurship training and turn the participants’ mindset of hopelessness into determination and confidence. Their participants are empowered to develop passion driven sustainable careers that enable them to become financially independent while creating employment opportunities for others.

You will be the first AfID pro bono accountant on placement at this organisation and your role will start with 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.

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Education Rwanda's Future Leaders

Rwanda
Accommodation provided

Set in scenic and mountainous Rwanda, our partner is a model primary and more recently secondary school. They are looking for a Pro Bono Accountant to assess the financial skills and capabilities of the new Deputy Director of Finance and Administration.

The school works to educate able and motivated children to become Rwanda’s future leaders. The organisation has also set up a farm and a multipurpose hall to help fund the school and is looking to expand on these activities.

Following on from other successful AfID assignments, your role will be to assess the financial skills and capabilities of the new Deputy Director of Finance and Administration and potentially a new accountant. You will also follow up on the recommendations of previous volunteers and continue providing strategic support to local staff.

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Ocean & Environmental Protection Non-Profit

Indonesia
Accommodation & Lunch Provided

Our Partner is an Indonesian non-profit focused on environmental protection. The organisation work to keep the ocean free from land-based waste and to educate and inspire others to do the same. They are looking for a volunteer to review their current financial systems and provide training to their accounting staff.

The organisation works with the Balinese and Indonesian Coastal Island communities to engage with local children, government and communities to promote the protection of the environment. Our partner is completing building of a Community Environment and Skills Centre, which is already teaching public schools about waste management, recycling, composting and organic gardening. The outcomes of their advocacy efforts are more sustainable businesses, community beach clean ups and active village waste management systems.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this environmental non-profit organisation. As such you will begin with an internal review of their current financial systems, procedures and controls. You will make and start to implement your recommendations for best practice, providing training as necessary. In particular, you will provide vital expert coaching to the organisation's accountant and help the organisation introduce monitoring procedures.

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Keeping Parents & Families Together

Cambodia
Monthly Accommodation Allowance of $150 Provided

Based in the popular tourist destination Phnom Penh, famous for it’s rich cultural history, our partner works to promote skilful parenting and keep families together. They are looking for a Pro Bono Accountant to help them understand and meet the reporting requirements of international donors.

The organisation’s goal is to promote skilful parenting to equip parents and caregivers with knowledge, skills and confidence to foster a safe, non-violent and positive family environment and to prevent and reduce violence against women and children, as well as unnecessary family separation.

They would like support to strengthen internal controls and develop financial templates and guidelines to improve their efficiency and meet international standards. 

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Totohealth in Tanzania

Safeguarding Children in Urban Slums

Uganda
Affordable Accommodation, Lunch provided

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 are seeking the assistance of a Pro Bono Accountant to provide vital training and support to their Bookkeeper.

They provide a child sponsorship scheme to assist some with boarding school, holiday programmes and skills training. They also provide specialist assistance and education to children with disabilities, offering special needs teachers, physiotherapy, medical care and a support group for parents.

You will be the second AfID volunteer to support this organisation.  You will be reviewing their progress and providing further training and support to the Bookkeeper. The first AfID volunteer has also recommended the next placement include support with forecasting and improving processes and policies around exchange rates.

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Empowering Communities through Innovation

Inspiring creative technology
Tanzania

Our partner aims to empower people to design and make technology solutions to community challenges. They encourage creative problem solving, collaboration and a sharing of knowledge. They are looking for a Pro Bono Accountant to provide training and support to their present Administrator and Bookkeeper.

The organisation encourage creative problem solving, collaboration and a sharing of knowledge. To achieve this, they use run design and creativity workshops, develop their own innovative technologies and provide a space for local innovators to develop their products and access local markets.

Under the last volunteer’s guidance, the Administrator has grown in confidence and enthusiasm for accounting, having since expressed her desire to study an accountancy degree. However, she still needs further coaching and support and is eager to learn more from another volunteer. Your placement will be well timed to see the transition of a new Executive Director coming on board.

The organisation have requested support with creating budgeting templates and developing a financial dashboard to enable higher level financial decisions. You will also be reviewing their progress with the most recent volunteer’s implementations and recommendations.

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⭐ Unsure if volunteering is for you? ⭐

Next AfID Workshop: 12 Oct 2018
UK

The AfID Workshop could help you decide.  A practical insight for accountants looking to volunteer or work in international development. Find out more

It’s a great way to learn about development, the varied roles for finance professionals, our assignments and the needs our many non-profit partners. The day is very relaxed and carefully designed to provide detailed insight into the different challenges, stakeholders and environments you will encounter; mixing real case studies and volunteer feedback with John and Neil's wealth of experience.

Career Changers

If you are thinking of a career change understanding the context of the accountant's role and effective ways of partnering with diverse stakeholders is essential; the insight you will gain from workshop will strengthen your candidacy and hopefully give you the edge you need to stand out in a popular sector. On our Career Changers page we feature true stories from accountants who have forged new and rewarding careers in the charity sector after volunteering.

Each workshop is delivered by John Cammack, a very experienced independent consultant in the non-profit sector. John is a qualified CIPFA accountant, consultant and university lecturer. John has been involved with international development work for over 30 years, previously as Head of International Finance at Oxfam GB and then Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Financial Management at Oxford Brookes University. Neil Jennings, the founder of Accounting for International Development, will also be in attendance to answer any volunteering or AfID partner related questions.

The workshop runs from 8.30am - 5.00pm (Registration 8.15am-8.30am) and is followed by a Past Volunteer presentation and Q&A 5.00pm - 5.30pm. Find out more

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Pro Bono Accountant for Development Organisation

Malawi
Accommodation & £546 Stipend provided

Our partner is a development, relief and advocacy organisation that helps people to find solutions to poverty and become all that they can by investing in partnerships that improve quality of life and create positive, long-term change in some of the world’s poorest communities.

The organisation have new partnerships with three Malawian non-profits based in Chikwawa, Blantyre and Nsanje which focus on providing education programmes on the following:

  • Literacy and health education for rural adolescent girls and boys aged 10 – 19 years
  • Health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention
  • Climate change adaption and related hazards

Our partner is supporting each organisation to undertake strategic planning. Prior to agreeing an annual partnership agreement and sending funds, they are seeking a pro bono accountant to help them undertake an assessment of each partner organisation’s financial management systems and controls to ensure the partner organisation is able to absorb funding responsibly and accountably.

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NFP Transforming the lives of Children & Families

Tanzania
Accommodation provided

Based in the coastal city of Tanga, our partner's mission is to transform the lives of children & their families through the provision of free early years education for the most vulnerable children from their day care centre and advocating for children to stay living in their family homes. They are seeking a Pro Bono Accountant to support them in continuing this life-changing work.

The organisation found from surveys that the majority of residents in local children’s homes where there because of poverty and not because they did not have families. The organisation also work with the children’s parents and guardians to develop economic and food security to help them to support their children.

As the second AfID volunteer, you will be reviewing their progress since the last volunteer’s placement and providing further training as needed. They would especially like continued help with budgeting and forecasting. They are applying for lots of grants at the moment, which require budgets.  In addition to the above you will also be helping them to address the discrepancy in their financial years which are different for the UK and Tanzanian entity and causing excess work.

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Abriendo Mentes, Costa Rica

Accounting support for Literacy Project

Affordable Accommodation
Mexico

Our partner aims to close the achievement gap through the promotion of early literacy skills and the do that by: publishing books for children and training the adults around them on how to use those books as development tools.

As a social enterprise they have a one-to-one model, in which for every book they sell they give one for free to a family that does not have access to books. These deliveries of free books are accompanied by a mandatory workshop for the adults that care for the children receiving the book, so that they understand the importance of books in children’s development. So far, they have reached 3000 beneficiaries.

Your role will be to work with the local staff to help understand financial information and support the strategy of financial plans for the next 2 years. They would also benefit from training on how to understand and prepare information that they could show to investors for example a profit and loss analysis, cost of products, overheads, sales projections and their links to project budgets and cashflow forecast. There is also scope to prepare a basic stock system and identify opportunities where they could grow.

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Macaw Conservation Organization

Accommodation provided
Costa Rica

Our partner has made it its mission to implement conservation action that restores healthy populations of native parrots throughout their historic ranges in Costa Rica. The Great-green Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw have both suffered dramatic declines in Costa Rica, with about 300, respectively 1000 birds left. 

Our partner has a history of successfully breeding both species in captivity and releasing the offspring, with nearly 100 macaws released to date. They maintain two release sites at Punta Islita, and Manzanillo respectively, and are developing a field base in the north of Costa Rica.

As the second volunteer you will be reviewing their progress since that last AfID assigment, making recommendations and providing further support and training to staff as needed.

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Empowering Children to reach their full potential

Safeguarding and Promoting Child Rights
Tanzania

Our partner is part of a network of 250 Civil Society Organisations committed to protecting and supporting children in Tanzania. They are looking for a Pro Bono Accountant to provide vital training and support to their Finance and Accounts Officer.

The organization and its partner members aim to safeguard children from harm and enable them to grow to reach their full potential. They follow and engage with the UN Convention of Child Rights and the African Child Rights Charter. They promote and advocate for the rights of the child, install monitoring and reporting systems, conduct constitutional review and support a forum for shared knowledge and best practice.

As the first AfID, you will begin with an internal review of our partner's existing systems, procedures and controls, before making recommendations for best practice. The organization feels that they lack the appropriate tools and systems to track their finances and meet reporting requirements. Their Finance and Accounts Officer has formal accountancy training but still has a limited understanding, she will benefit from tailored coaching.

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Organization protecting disadvantaged children

Affordable accomodation
Sierra Leone

Our partner supports and protects disadvantaged children aged 0-17 years, in Sierra Leone and Ghana. They work with vulnerable children, orphans and those who are homeless, offering access to health care, education, emotional support and a safe environment.

Many children were left orphaned after the Ebola crisis who now need support and housing. The organization partners with orphanages and facilitate fostering with local families. They run health and welfare projects in villages around Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Accra (Ghana). They support children through schooling and provide vocational training to prepare them for later life and economic independence. They want to install the importance of education, awareness of child rights and to educate to prevent such risks as teenage pregnancy and early marriages.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. You will be based in their Freetown office and will work remotely with the staff in Accra. The key members of staff for this placement are also based in Sierra Leone. You will start by conducting an internal review of their existing accounting systems, procedures and controls. You will be making and starting to implement recommendations for best practice, creating new templates and providing training as necessary. The finance staff in Ghana will also need some guidance and coaching. With uncertain funding, you might be asked to help with  reviewing and advising on their financial sustainability. They feel that their internal controls are lacking and their reporting needs improving as well.

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.

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African Wild Dog Conservation Organization

Accomodation and meals provided
Zimbabwe

Our partner was founded in 2014 to conserve the endangered African wild dog and has been focusing on field work, research and training.

The organisation also mentors students, helping them to prepare for further studies and field work. They are currently constructing a Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC) for Zimbabwe’s graduate and undergraduate field studies and will one day accept applications from international students too.

Our partner began a new project this year in conjunction with Zimbabwe Parks and the Wildlife Ministry, training park rangers to build their capacity and understanding through EcoRanger workshops and a seminar series. They work within local schools to run conservation clubs and are currently engaged with the community in designing and building a new primary school. Through this and their conservation work they always aim to provide local employment in a wide spectrum of jobs.

Your role

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. Their current accounting is basic, consisting of a simple spreadsheet and without formal finance staff. You will be conducting an internal review of their existing system, procedures and controls and a needs assessment of their capacity. You will then make and start to implement your recommendations for best practice, as appropriate to their needs and capacity.

The partner has asked that you also assist them to create simple management reports for donors. They would like a user friendly and robust system to maintain accounts and keep an accurate record throughout the year of their finances. You will be building templates, updating documentation and providing staff training to ensure your implementations are sustainable.

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"El Libro Volador" book bus, Café Luz, Nicaragua

Charitable Trust supporting marginalised children

India
Accommodation provided

Our partner is a non-governmental charitable trust, established in 2003. They support vulnerable and marginalised children and communities around Chennai.

The organization’s staff have come from social worker and education backgrounds and their projects are community led. One key community they work with is the nearby tribal community which is one of the most vulnerable in India. They focus on providing education and opportunities and addressing health issues and underdeveloped infrastructure. 

Your role will begin with an internal review of their existing accounting systems, procedures and controls and will make and start to implement your recommendations for best practice. They have requested support strengthening and improving their systems. You will be coaching their local staff on finance management and project accounting. They would like to build stronger project accounting to be able to analyse and map individual project performance more clearly.

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Non-profit Supporting Children's Education

Peru
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner helps economically disadvantaged children to realise their right to an education.  They promote quality education and foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives. 

They support children and their families through various programmes focussed on primary education, secondary education, nursery education and English speaking. In addition, they also run Family Welfare programmes in Social Work, Psychology Economic Development and Health.

As the third AfID volunteer supporting this organisation your primary role relates to a new grant application, which would be for major renovation works. An AfID volunteer is needed to compile a renovation budget and identify how the proposed additional operating funds would fit in with their current operating budget. The proposal will be in English and one of the architects speaks English, so knowledge of Spanish is not necessary (but would be great)

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Organisation Empowering Women & Girls

Kenya
Accommodation & Meals provided

This UK based NGO works in Kenya to educate girls, empower women and transform communities.  They work with girls aged 10-17 and their mothers, aiming to bring about long-term and sustainable change. Their work on gender issues also includes the wider community to engage men and boys.

Their strategy focuses on 3 main areas:

Providing access to quality and holistic education for girls: This is achieved through peer support and homework groups; purchasing educational resources; providing a conducive environment for study, such as solar lamps, IT training and libraries and teacher training courses; promoting healthy living with access to water and sanitary products; and creating income generating activities for schools.

Generating increased food security and income for women: This includes vocational training in key areas such as agriculture and finance; providing access to start-up capital for businesses and facilitating savings and loans groups and co-operative farming.

Creating safe communities: They tackle issues such as gender based violence through extra-curricular activities like mixed gender football.

You will be starting with an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls. You will be making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice. They would like to establish more cohesive internal reporting procedures that run across all their projects. You will be creating simple tracking and reporting templates for the project staff that enables them to maintain timely and accurate records. You will be working remotely with Ben and in person with the new Finance Manager and Project Managers. You will be providing training as needed.

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Organisation dedication to environmental education & conservation

Costa Rica
Affordable Accommodation

This small and local social enterprise are dedicated to scientific research, environmental education and management in Costa Rica.

To achieve their aims Brenessii has 3 programmes:

  • Educational tours: teaching high school students to understand nature and environmental management together with communities.
  • Rural base community tourism: working with communities so that students can understand the relation between humans and nature.
  • Scientific camps: Their goal for 2018 is to provide scholarships for a group of students to a 4-day scientific camp and give them the opportunity to experience scientists’ work to understand the natural world, the relation with humans and how to make changes to protect the environment.

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Organisation ensuring children's access to education

Vietnam
Affordable Accommodation

This organisation aims to ensure that all children in Vietnam have access to education, irrespective of their background and any other hurdles they face.

Founded in 1998, they have four primary programmes supporting the education and wellbeing of children there, specifically in housing, health and nutrition, education and the support of vulnerable children.

Your role

As it has been nearly 4 years since the last AfID volunteer placement at this organisation, you will start with 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 to ensure they are being efficient, effective and transparent. You will also review how far they got in the implementation of the previous volunteer’s recommendations , helping the organisation create programme and organisational budgets (currently the budgets are created in the US), train the team on Budget-to-actual reporting and provide further training on Excel and Quickbooks.

You will work mostly with their accountant but also with the country manager, programme coordinators and remotely with the team based in the US.

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Baking the loaves at Yangon Bakehouse, Myanmar

Enterprise training local beekeepers to improve livelihoods

Tanzania
Accommodation Provided

This social enterprise work with local beekeepers in North West Tanzania who are using traditional methods, to improve their livelihoods and link them to higher value export markets.

The organisation offers training to their suppliers to help them increase their yield, providing inputs on a credit basis, such as smokers and bee suits. They work with beekeepers who are spread across Tanzania, using field officers to inspect hives and check harvesting is happening to organic standards. They are currently working with 400 farmers, which is projected to expand to 2000 with 10 field offices over the next 2-3 years.

Founded by 3 expats, they are seeking support in building a more robust system with financial controls that will safeguard them in the future and help them to attract further investors.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support the organisation. You will be starting with an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls and making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice. They would like to build a new system and procedures that are appropriate to the capacity and resources of the team and that will also support their growth. They are currently using excel but would like to explore moving to an accounting software. You will also be assisting with inventory and stock management tools and policies.

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Organisation empowering youth in business

Uganda
Affordable Accommodation

This project empowers the youth (aged 18-22 years) offering them training in enterprise & business, and to those that pass the programmes, access to microloans to help them establish their own businesses.

The organisation offer the 18-22 year olds training in enterprise and business, and to those that pass the programmes, access to microloans to help them establish their own businesses.

The background of the young people they are working with is unique given the history of the area; the youth have limited or no formal education and limited business know-how.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this project and your role will entail undertaking an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls, bearing in mind the complexity of their accounting, resources available to them and skillset of local staff. It is felt that the accounting systems they currently have in place are not robust, and as a result, there is delay in producing reports and in the frequency they are able to receive and review financial information. They are hoping that the volunteer will be able to make recommendations on streamlining processes and integrating the two systems.

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Organisation launching loan technology for struggling families

Myanmar
Accommodation Provided

This organisation has created a mobile platform that enables poor families to obtain affordable Nano Loans via their phones. Their nano loans help the economically vulnerable bridge income gaps and are small, flexible and short-term at a fraction of the cost of moneylenders.

From their research the organisation has decided to target women aged 18-60 as they have seen women not only assume primary responsibility for managing household finances, but also suffer the severest consequences of debt traps.

You will be the first volunteer on assignment at this social enterprise and your role will begin with an assessment of (or lack of) accounting & financial management systems, making and implementing recommendations on best practice based on the resources available to the organisation and skillset of the local staff.

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Organisation providing care & services to permanently blind

Belize
Free accommodation

This organisation provides rehabilitation, daily living skills and orientation and mobility services to people who are permanently blind.

Founded in 1981, this organisation is one of the oldest NGOs in Belize and has been providing support to people who are blind since the very beginning. In addition to this, the organisation also provides education support to blind children in regular school’s system by teaching braille and producing braille texts, computer skills and provision of adaptive aids.

You will be the first volunteer on assignment at this organisation and your role will be akin to undertaking an assessment of the headquarters’ and regional clinic’s 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.

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Organisation engaging young people through community mappers

Uganda
Affordable Accommodation

This registered NGO engage young people to become community mappers through university groups in 5 major Ugandan universities.

The organisation aim to create a greater capacity for the collection and use of open data which will help organisations and individuals develop and to manage and solve their own social, economic and community challenges. Anyone with a good enough internet connection can become a member and receive training.

The organisation uses the OpenStreetMap (OSM) model to further national development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. They generate various maps and data through a collaborative approach, its source is an online network of mappers who are trained to build and add to open and public maps/data. This data can be used for a multitude of purposes, for public use and for specific funded projects with business, NGOs and governments.

Generating some income from membership subscriptions, they are also piloting a project to introduce OpenStreetMap into the university curriculum to equip the next generation with the tools to create and use this kind of data.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support our partner and as such will be reviewing their current procedures and controls, making and starting to implement recommendations for best practice. You will be coaching Board members and the new part time Finance Assistant.

They would also like help with presenting financial information for funding proposals; reviewing and advising on their financial sustainability; implementing financial controls; introducing forecasting and budgeting procedures; and establishing monthly reporting procedures to create an audit trail.

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Children at Camara Education, Zambia

Organisation safeguarding cheetah population

Botswana
Homestay Available

This organization working in collaboration with communities, government and stakeholders to promote coexistence with Botswana’s rich diversity of predator species. They aim to safeguard Botswana’s cheetah population through scientific research, community outreach and education.

As the second volunteer your main role will be to help them prepare for an audit, look at their organizational budget and help them make projections and suggest improvements as well as help them create programme budgets.

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Organisation working with locals in urban development

Colombia
Affordable Accommodation

This organisation work with citizens, associations, local governments and the private sector in an experimental action and research collective specialized in participatory planning and design. They are seeking a volunteer accountant to help formalize their accounts and provide training on financial management to non-finance staff.

The organisation is committed to information sharing and public participation and bringing together local and global knowledge, they produce innovative models in architecture, planning and policy making.  In Colombia some of their projects and beneficiaries include rural schools, youth centers and public spaces recovery.

You will be the first volunteer on assignment at this organisation and your role will be akin to undertaking 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.

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Organisation using performing arts to transform lives of disadvantaged

India
Free accommodation and food

This performing arts-based NGO based in a rural district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India aim to transform the lives of the disadvantaged through using Kattaikuttu - a narrative theatre art form – as a medium to create self-respect, artistic delight and sustainable livelihoods.

They currently have a theatre school as well as an apprenticeship scheme that aims to create successful performers as well as train the students in higher studies or vocational training elsewhere.

Our partner is seeking a pro bono accountant to help them with a 5-year plan on their income and spending. They have received some income to establish an endowment fund; and are keen on exploring the best way of investing the money.

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Organisation empowering women in business

Nicaragua
Affordable Accommodation

This organisation is a platform for business women in Managua and throughout the country, aiming to promote the growth and success of local women, whose projects range from small market stalls to medium sized businesses.

Founded in 2009, the organisation now works with over 250 women, who sell their products or services both locally and online. Delivering workshops in areas such as marketing, public speaking, bookkeeping and how to formalise a business, the organisation provides these women with a space to share ideas and learn effective business skills.

Your role as the second AfID volunteer will be to review how the organisation has been since the first volunteer’s visit, and ensure the action plan and tasks outlined by them have been carried out. You will also undertake an internal review of their accounting processes and make recommendations for improvement. They are now using a system called ODDO and they would like you to analyse how they are using the system and make recommendations for improvement.

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Organisation supporting community with social issues

Malawi
Affordable Accommodation

This youth-led NGO uses a grass root, community engagement model to tackle issues affecting health, environment and education in the rural Northern Malawian districts of Chitipa and Rumphi. They aim to create empowered communities which can influence rural development and where vulnerable and disadvantaged groups can thrive.

Their projects address the following issues/risks:

Poor attendance of girls in schools – their Keeping Girls Safe in School project creates adequate bathroom and changing rooms for girls in schools, provides reusable sanitary pads, holds engagement meetings with parent and teacher groups and educates on girls’ rights

Climate change effects on natural environment and resources – they raise awareness about climate change and promote organic farming through poultry farming income generating activities and planting trees

Economic instability – they facilitate women’s Village Savings and Loans groups to give them self-managed economic independence. They also provide vocational training to youths to help them develop their own businesses

Child protection/rights – they work to protect children from abuse and poverty and raise awareness on child rights

HIV/AIDs – their Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) project aims to reduce transmission of the disease through education, testing and counselling and community support groups such as Mother Buddies (MBs)

As the first AfID volunteer, you will begin with an internal review, similar to an internal audit to identify any gaps or weaknesses in their financial systems, procedures and controls. You will then make and start to implement your recommendations for best practice, providing training/coaching as necessary. You will be developing the accountant’s understanding and capacity in financial accounting and will also work with the Executive Director and Programmes Manager.

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Empowering community at Gongali, Tanzania

Organisation supporting & safeguarding rights of Muslims

Kenya
Affordable Accommodation

This organisation endeavours to sustain a strong network of Islamic religious leaders and professionals who will foster processes that address, pursue and safeguard the rights of Muslims and the community at large.

Their programmes include: increasing access and utilisation of quality HIV services; preventing and responding to radicalism and violent extremism in prisons; seeking to enhance the the capacity of imams and management committees of mosques on importance of early prevention of extremism among the youth.  Other initiatives include: supporting peace research, capacity building workshops and monitoring of sermons.

You will be the first volunteer on assignment at this organisation 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. They would also benefit from training on general financial management and in particular around reporting to multiple donors, budgeting and forecasting.

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Environment focused organisation tackling effects of climate change

Malawi
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner is a local non-profit and youth-led organisation focusing on mobilising communities to protect their natural environment and regain sustainability. They are seeking an accountant to help them develop their donor reporting and grant management.

The area is facing changing weather patterns, water scarcity and soil erosion with the overuse of diminishing natural resources leading to deforestation, water pollution and flooding. Their environmental projects include: planting trees; rehabilitating natural forests; encouraging bee keeping; growing and harvesting soya beans. They also educate the community on water sanitation, nutrition and food security.

You will be the first AfID volunteer supporting this organisation and as such will begin with an internal review and needs analysis of their existing financial systems, procedures and controls. You will then make and start to implement your recommendations for best practice. The organisation have highlighted a need to improve donor reporting and grant management; bank reconciliations; procurement; budgets creation and monitoring; monthly management accounting; cashflow forecasting; cash management controls; and creating annual financial statements.

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Organisation Supporting Small Scale Rural Entrepreneurs

Zambia
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner focuses on capacity building for small scale rural entrepreneurs in Zambia. This organisation provides training on business managements, technical skills and financial literacy and climate smart agriculture. They bring effective approaches to developing and promoting affordable, reliable, and easily operated enterprises and other farm based agribusiness and rural enterprise development.

Part of the organisation’s work focuses on supporting female farmers. Farming by women is usually done in conjunction with their children and they ensure that demand creation activities such as seed fairs, field days and seed demonstration plots are done closer to the community to allow for women’s full participation.

To date the organisation has improved affordability, timelines, range and volume of inputs and services reaching out to smallholder farmers.

As the second AfID volunteer, your role will include reviewing how things have been since the last placement. You will also review bookkeeping, bank reconciliations and filing, advise on reports prepared and submitted to board, support the organisation on project and organisational budget preparation and on cash flow planning and management.

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Organisation empowering women through construction

Brazil
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner empowers women through civil construction, technical training, personal development, team building and citizenship in a professional field traditionally and culturally dominated by men: civil construction.

This organisation offers workshops and courses in the specialties: mason, painter, tiler, ceramist, electrician and plumber for low income and for women that work in civil construction.  The organisation targets women whom are poor, have a low level of formal education and are often victims of domestic violence.

In addition to providing a significant change in the lives of the women, their families and communities, they also positively affects the civil construction field by improving its gender equity. Objectively, the construction companies who employ mixed teams report an improvement in the quality of the work, the discipline and organisation of the workforce.

As the second volunteer your role will include checking how things have been since the first placement.  You will also implement further controls, review bank accounts reconciliations in line with procedure and undertake a second internal audit. The organisation will also require your support with the annual report; reviewing cash flow procedure and improving the budget templates provided to beneficiaries at their workshops.

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Organisation protecting biodiversity in Belize

Belize

Based in Sarstoon Temash National Park, an extremely important home of biodiversity covering over 41,000 acres, our partner works to safeguard the ecological integrity of the region and for the economic, social, cultural and spiritual well-being of its indigenous people. They are looking for an Accountant to support them transition to a paperless system and provide basic bookkeeping training.

The organisation works with groups of women who live in a small, rural Maya village, offering training in running cooperatives and providing organic pesticides and fertilisers. They have recently secured a 5-acre plot of land for the women where they can plant vegetables and cash crops.

They would like support transitioning to a paperless accounting system, accounting for in kind contributions and preparing for audit. You will also will be working with the Director and the logging and fishing community groups, whom the Director would like you to train on basic bookkeeping: how to record their expenses and costing of their products as the organisation believes they might be underselling their products because they are not taking into account the fuel, the saw mill or other items in the supply chain.

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Cheeky smiles at One Sky Foundation, Thailand

Organisation supporting communities affected by HIV/Aids

Zambia

Our partner works to improve the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Lusaka province. The organisation focuses on prevention measures, raising awareness of the risks and care for those infected. They have requested the support of a pro bono accountant to help them develop their cash management, reporting and accounting systems.

In particular, they work to eliminate transmission of the disease from mothers to children and improve access to information on sexual reproductive health rights through the provision of counselling, testing services and distribution of condoms and awareness packages.

They would like a volunteer to help them introduce more analysis to their financial procedures, to measure their growth and performance. You will be helping review what is the best system to use and providing training as necessary. They have also requested help with cash flow forecasting, internal and donor reporting, financial planning and strategy.

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Organisation supporting Deprived Communities

Ghana
Affordable Accommodation

This non-profit organisations aims to inspire Ghanaian citizens to support and improve the lives of those less fortunate, living in deprived communities within Ghana.

Their model uses community development and youth empowerment to further national development and the organisation works closely with local communities, universities, the Ghanaian department of Social Welfare and partner NGOs.

The main national programmes include:

  • Against Child Labour and Trafficking – aiming to stop child labour and trafficking in fishing communities through education, rehabilitation and community empowerment. They raise awareness of the dangers in schools and instruct parents on the importance of a basic education for their children.
  • Microfinance – aiming to empower women and youth in agriculture, arts and small trade. They facilitate access to small loans and provide training in basic financial management.
  • Public Health – including awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, cholera, cervical cancer, maternal health and sexual reproductive health. They facilitate free health screenings and advocate for system reform.

In addition to their national programmes they engage with Ghana’s youth through their University Programmes. Running in 4 universities currently, student societies take part in community volunteering. These clubs are entirely student led, under the guidance and supervision of the organisation.

One main project they run is a reading project, where students visit and encourage school children to read. The youth involved gain experience and preparation for the job market, are given a national platform on which to make their voices heard and attend regional and national youth summits organised by the NGO.

Your role

You will be the first AfID volunteer and as such will begin with an internal review of their existing accounting systems, procedures and controls. You will be making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice to improve their procedures. Their Co-Founder and National Project Manager is mainly responsible for tracking income and expenditure and financial reporting using excel and he will benefit from your guidance and coaching.

The co-founder would also like your support with their microfinance project and you will be working with the project staff to establish and improve procedures in reporting, bookkeeping and knowledge management between beneficiaries and partner organisations. You can also help design the training they deliver to the women and youth on finance management.

Accommodation and other information

The organisation can provide a private room in a homestay with family of staff or a volunteer house which sleeps 2-4 people per room, depending on how busy they are. Board is $150 per month and breakfast and dinner are $250 for the month. There are also guesthouse and lodge options nearby if you prefer and whilst the organisation can help arrange this for you but will not be able to cover the cost.

Please note you will also need to cover the cost of your airport transfer from Accra which will cost $100.

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

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Organisation supporting families with HIV/Aids

Malawi

This organisation supports communities through driving projects to assist with orphans, vulnerable children and families in southern Malawi who have HIV/Aids.

The organisation aims to achieve their mission in successfully supporting local communities by implementing 4 core programmes:

1. Access to quality education through infrastructural development of education facilities, provision of school sponsorship and educational tools
2. Early Childhood Development and critical nutrition to children under six through 12 community based childcare centres
3. Access to health services and improved access to safe water
4. Access to innovative services that promote entrepreneurship and financial independence, such as village banking

The first AfID volunteer supported the organisation for eight weeks from January 2017 – they completed the 2015/2016 statutory accounts and sign off with auditor, installed Quickbooks, set up a new chart of accounts and prepared monthly accounts. The volunteer was also involved with the recruitment of a new Finance and Operations Manager due to misconduct of previous staff members and explained the documentation process to the new employee. By the end of their eight week assignment, there was a much greater appreciation of accounting controls and the work carried out by the accountant.

Your role

You will support the Country Manager to ensure that monthly management reports are being completed satisfactorily with meaningful reporting and budget comparisons, to carry out review of accounting procedures on the ground, review budgeting process and Quickbooks Chart of Accounts to simplify programme codes (towards donor rather than location) and expand on tax and other administrative codes (recent audit has suggested this).

You will also develop and implement fuel and time sheets to enable greater controls over programme costs and support the team to further review finance policies including procurement, transport and HR. The accountant and the organisation as a whole will also require more training.

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Organisation providing quality education for children & young people

Kenya
Accommodation Provided

Our partner focuses on supporting early childhood education and development, providing excellent education and holistic development to children not adequately supported in mainstream schooling. 

The organisation strive to create a conducive environment for students from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those who have disabilities and impairments and who struggle with core subjects. As well as providing core education, the organisation also delivers counselling, mentorship and opportunities for personal development.

You will be conducting an internal review of their existing accounting systems, procedures and controls in place. You will then be making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice. The founder has also requested support with financial reporting, budgeting and procurement.

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Sustainability focused enterprise developing nutritious foods

Colombia
Accommodation & food provided

This organisation is a social enterprise seeking to develop nutritious foods to contribute to a healthy, conscious food culture and promote sustainable development.

Their current work includes: Development of healthy snacks, production and use of 100% recyclable packaging; Work with local women artisans to reutilise the packaging to create and sell products such as bracelets, coasters, key rings ; Supporting local producers by paying competitive prices to boost the Colombian countryside and generate positive impact

The organisation reached out to AfID because they want the organisation to have strong financial management from the beginning.  You will work to create a simple accounting system that allows the social enterprise to have better control over their income and expenditure and their assets. They would also like your support with an analysis of costs and profitability as well as coaching on meeting international accounting standards.

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Flower power at Kopila, Nepal

Community Organisation Supporting Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups

India
Accommodation & Lunch provided

Our partner’s motto is “find a way or make a way”; following this approach, they support vulnerable & marginalised groups in different regions near Pondicherry & Pullambadi.

Their programmes include: Rehabilitation of disabled and leprosy people; Home for the gypsy, street and poor children; Gypsy Community welfare and development; Nutritional and educational support for children and Social enterprise for economic empowerment of women.

You will be the first volunteer supporting this organisation 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 partner has also requested support with financial statements and budget preparation and donor reporting. 

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Organisation Providing Children with Health, Disability & Education Support

Vietnam
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner, a long standing AfID partner, is working to provide a wide range of services for disadvantaged children in the wider Quang Nam province.

They have three broad programmes: Health, where they provide medical care, including consultations & diagnostics, facilitating emergency procedures and surgery, management & treatment of chronic conditions & offer a nutrition programme for malnourished children; Disability, providing children with ongoing therapy, practical assistance to improve their quality of life at home and school; Education Sponsorship, where they sponsor children’s education. This includes covering the cost of school fees, uniform & supplies, transport and other classes/activities as required.
 
This organisation is an old AfID partner, and they received their first AfID volunteer in 2012. Since that time, the organisation’s funding has slowly been drying up. They used to run a children’s residency home; however, the funding for this (from the government) came to an end. This alongside a reduction in other sources of funding has meant that they re-focus their energies on a smaller number of programmes & reorganise staff responsibilities. They used to have an accountant, who has moved on from the organisation; currently, the books are being kept by someone who has other HR/operations responsibilities, and a part-time Finance Assistant.
 
Last year, this partner requested the support of an AfID volunteer. As it had been some time since they had not had a member of staff dedicated to accounting/finance, they were seeking a volunteer to review of their transactions & day-to-day accounting processes and internal controls. Additionally, they requested the support of someone able to offer them a fuller picture about the organisation’s finances, and how much they need to run their programmes & office and therefore how much fundraising they would need to do.
 
Our second volunteer, spent around four months supporting the organisation. In addition, to undertaking a full review of transactions, strengthening day to day accounting & internal controls, improving staff understanding of budgeting, management accounting and financial statements, the volunteer offered support in IT, reconciling and better managing donor databases, and improving administration. During her placement, she was also involved in recruiting the Finance Assistant, and helping in division of responsibilities. This placement was extremely successful; her time and willingness to support the organisation fully, recognise the needs of individual staff and support them in their professional development and growth.
 
Your role
The volunteer finished her placement in May 2017, and recommended that a volunteer support the organisation from December/January to review everything that was implemented and assess how things are progressing; there will be the opportunity to offer support to better understanding any processes the staff are still struggling with. The timing would coincide with the end of their current financial year, start of the new financial year; your role will be to help them with finalising the year-end accounts and prepare the financial statements, and ensure they are well-placed to start the new financial year. The recent has been supporting them remotely in creating a budget, and depending on how far this exercise has progressed, there would be an opportunity to offer support in understanding the budget.
 
Please note though, that this organisation’s accounting/financial management is basic; they do not need and are not expecting a sophisticated system; they are seeking someone able to understand their needs as an organisation with a small budget keen to continue the programmes it is running.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Vietnam, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

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Legal and Development Organisation Protecting Women's Rights

Laos
Homestay options

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.
 
You 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. 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.

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Organisation using theatre to bring communities together

Costa Rica
Afforable Accommodation

Our partner uses theatre workshops to bring communities together and provide a platform to discuss, reflect on issues ranging from architecture, urbanism to building less violent and less oppressive social relationships.

They focus mainly on people living in communities stigmatized as violent. Last year 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. 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.

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Platform to Enhance Skills and Network of Local Business Women

Nicaragua
Homestay Available

Our partner, founded in 2009, is a platform for business women in Managua and throughout Nicaragua. The organisation 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.

As the second volunteer, 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.

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Anjali House, Cambodia

Technology and Communication organisation supporting Entrepreneurs

Colombia
Homestay options

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

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.
 
The founders would 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.

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Learning disability organisation ensuring inclusive & equitable education for all

Ghana
Homestay options

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.
 

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Organisation Teaching English To Improve Employment Opportunities

Haiti
Affordable Accommodation and Allowance provided

Our partner is a non- profit, adult English program. Knowing English greatly improves chances of finding long-term, meaningful employment for example 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.

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Community Clinic Providing Affordable Healthcare

Guatemala
Affordable Accommodation

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.

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Organisation Promoting Conservation Through Community Projects

Uganda
Accommodation Provided

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.

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Seedlings planted at Kusamala, Malawi

Latin American Human Rights Organisation

Peru
Homestay Available, Spanish required

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.

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.

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Organisation Promoting Inclusion for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

Argentina
Affordable Accommodation, Spanish required

Our partner works to promote the inclusion of those with intellectual disabilities in society and in employment though education, specifically surrounding the environment. The organisation was founded over 8 years ago and works with young adults with learning disabilities. 

They partner with universities in Buenos Aires to deliver a 4- year programme for students whereby they spend 2 years in an education programme studying about the environment and 2 years in the work programme where they put their knowledge to use in the field, volunteering or working in villas (slums) and NGOs and delivering training to offices. Our partner has limited each course to 4 years to reflect the average university course length and to encourage autonomy and confidence. They work with around 50 students a year who are then able to go on and do great work for the environment.

Your assignment will begin with an assessment of their systems, process and controls before making and implementing recommendations for best practise. They would also like your support with reporting and providing tailored training to new members of staff.

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Organisation Supporting Underprivileged Children

Guatemala
Affordable Accommodation, Spanish required

Our partner is a Guatemalan organisation that supports underprivileged children in Quetzaltenango by providing education, food, and opportunities for a brighter future.

The organisation runs a number of overarching programmes and one income generating activity. Their key programmes include: an education programme to create awareness and mitigate risks through education, mental health and human rights promotion, a shelter to provide a home for children and young people working and living on the streets and a social work program. To help generate income they offer guided mountain hikes through the highlands of Guatemala.

As our partner is growing and receiving more funding they have requested the support of a second AfID volunteer to help them implement Quickbooks; preparing budgets and loading them into Quickbooks by division, month and line management, setting up monthly management reporting and providing further training on the system.

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Organisation Encouraging Collaboration To Strengthen Local Communities

Haiti
Accommodation + Stipend Provided

Our partner aims to serve as a bridge between international and local organisations in order to help them better achieve their objectives. Their moto is “Response! Relief! Renewal!”

They were originally established as an emergency response organisation following the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti where they provided aid and assistance. They are now transitioning into a development organisation and serve as a co- working space for local organisations providing them with workspace, meeting space, internet and other tools to aid their work. They also offer alternative accommodation to guests and an opportunity for people and organisations from outside Haiti to connect with small, local organisations who are making a real difference in people’s lives.

They reached out to AfID as they need to professionalise their accounting and finance practises and increase transparency as they transition into a development organisation. You will be the first AfID volunteer on assignment with this partner. Your role will involve undertaking an assessment of their accounting and financial management systems, processes and controls and making and implementing recommendations for best practise.

They have also asked for support and training on developing an annual budget and producing financial statements which will ultimately enable them to apply for grants from larger funders. The board and senior management are also very keen to receive training on financial management. In the future, they would also like to transition to Quickbooks.

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Organisation Supporting Marginalised Women & Children

Nepal
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner is an NGO committed to promoting the rights of women and children and providing access to education and livelihoods with dignity.

Their projects aim to strengthen education in the community and support marginalised women through development of their livelihoods with income generating activities and better use of local resources. In order to achieve their goals they run Community Learning Centres across the surrounding districts. The key beneficiaries are the illiterate, disadvantaged and poor women. They work to increase literacy, train on leadership skills and provide community women’s networks. The organisation want their centres to be examples of quality education and community inclusion.

They also run an Inspiring Young People project in schools, youth clubs and women’s groups. This project focuses on education, capacity building, empowering young people and the development of socio- economic activities. They also run an Education in Emergency programme which provides safe and basic education for children in the wake of the Nepali earthquake as well as psychosocial support and counselling.

Our partner came recommended to us by an INGO who are starting to phase out their work in Nepal and as such are in the process of ensuring their partners are self- reliant. This INGO is not their sole donor but does play a key role in fiscal and operational support. They currently have two Finance and Admin staff, the F&A Manager is newly graduated in finance and business management but lacks experience.

On this assignment you will be helping to strengthen their finance systems, build the capacity of staff and install some more stability and self- sufficiency. As the first AfID volunteer, your role will involve conducting an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls. You will then make and start to implement recommendations for best practise. They are audited annually and the reports make several recommendations that they need help with.

You will also be reviewing and updating their finance procedures manual and assisting with donor reporting. There may be the opportunity to visit and assist some of their Learning Centres where they are running income generating projects and microloans based in the surrounding area.

Our partner will be able to recommend suitable accommodation based on your preferences.

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

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Young 1ove, Botswana

Organisation Promoting Transparency and Accountability

Nigeria
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner’s mission is to empower marginalised communities and give them access to information. Their main project aims to advocate, visualise and track government spending and international aid spending meant for developmental purposes in the rural/ marginalised communities in Africa.

They lead a network of self- trained journalists called community reporters/ champions and other persons including legal practitioners, data researchers, information analysts and anyone interested in how open data can make transparency and accountability possible in Nigeria and Africa by extension. They have other programmes which work around environmental sustainability, Human Rights and conflict management and disaster and emergency response.

They have had a number of successes to date including:

  • Revealed a scam project while tracking the release of NGN 9.2 billion that was meant to purchase 750,000 clean cook stoves and 18,000 Wonder bags for rural women nationwide.
  • Advocated & tracked the release of NGN120 million for the relocation of 3,000 citizens to a new site with access to water and toilets.
  • Advocated, visualised & tracked US$5.3 million for remediation to immediately treat 1,500 lead poisoned children.
  • Advocated & tracked the release of NGN5 million for the provision of classroom for 115 pupils who were learning under tree.

On this assignment you will undertake an assessment of their accounting and financial management systems and make and implement recommendations for best practise based on the complexity of their finances and resources available to the organisation.

They would also like support with budget preparation and cashflow forecaster, annual reporting and training on the interpretation of figures from reports. They currently use Excel but plan to transition to SAGE 50 to make their projects more efficient.

Our partner will be able to recommend accommodation based on your preferences and budget.

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

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Organisation Providing Women with Access to Justice

Sierra Leone
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner was established to ensure that women and girls in Sierra Leone are educated and empowered to be able to fully access their legal and human rights.

They work through a combination of hands-on legal aid, innovative outreach programmes, intense awareness raising and hard- hitting advocacy and tight collaboration with the justice sector to strengthen it from the core.

They run a number of programmes to help deliver their mission including:

  • Raising public awareness about legal rights through popular media
  • Female detainee support: allowing women to preserve their dignity and obtain new skills while in detention by providing education, counselling and welfare support
  • Providing post- prison support and help ex- detainees to get a job or (re)start a business
  • Decriminalising Poverty: This project aims to promote legislation reform relating to petty offences, reduce custodial sentences for petty offenders and raise awareness about rights, legislation and the impact of criminalising petty offences.
  • Making of a documentary which seeks to amplify the voices of commercial sex workers by letting them tell their stories

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 and making and implementing recommendations for best practise.

You will provide support to enable the organisation to make the most effective use of Quickbooks for every day accounting, grant reporting, dealing with currency conversions and forecasting. You will build the capacity of finance staff in relation to financial planning and reporting for the long- term sustainability of the organisation and provide advice on actions which could improve their long- term financial sustainability for example, setting up an endowment fund.

Our partner will be able to recommend suitable accommodation based on your preferences.

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.

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Organisation Promoting Child Rights (French Speaking)

Morocco
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner's 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.

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Organisation Supporting Rural Development

Cameroon
Accommodation Provided

Our partner’s mission is to raise family incomes, standards of living and give independence to the rural population in north- west Cameroon.

To achieve their aims they run a number of programmes, including:

  • Agriculture- beekeeping farms, organic crop farming and animal husbandry
  • Environment- community awareness on the dangers of plastics and its waste
  • Social Services- orphan sponsorship, orphan’s goat project and micro- finance project for women’s empowerment

They reached out to AfID as they would like to increase the skillset of their staff from basic bookkeeping to formal financial management as management believe their activities require high level of accounting and good record keeping to meet international accounting standards.

As the first AfID volunteer to support this partner you will carry out an assessment of their accounting and financial management systems and make and implement recommendations for best practise based on the complexity of their finances and skillset of the local staff.

The organisation have 4 stations each running income generating activities. Each station’s programmes manager collects the money but a cashier brings it to the main centre. They also prepare budgets and report to donors. For their orphans programme they have a different system to report to donors which considers exchange rate. You will be working with the four programmes managers and the cashier to develop a basic yet effective financial structure and provide training on this.

Our partner is able to provide accommodation in their volunteer house or homestays.

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

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Networking Org. Supporting Local NGOs

Nepal
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner is a networking organisation established with the aim of building the capacity of member organisations in the areas of NGO governance, management and civic education.

They also support peace building and education. They envision a just, prosperous and capable society in which the interests of the vulnerable community is protected. They are currently working with 18 member organisations in 11 districts through the delivery of the following projects:

  • NGO solidarity project
  • HIV awareness and prevention
  • Women’s health project
  • Peace building project
  • Peace building project
  • Earthquake response project (Disaster Mitigation Project)
  • Rural education project

Their members are CBOs and NGOs who are all providing development opportunities and working towards the collective goal of community prosperity. Amongst other things our partner provide assistance on basic finance management for their members and help to connect them with donors and grants. They have approached AfID for support with their own financial systems and procedures and are looking to develop past finance management.

As the first AfID volunteer you will conduct an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls and make recommendations for best practise.

Another AfID volunteer supporting a different Nepali organisation met with the Director and some of the team to better understand their needs. They relayed the following back to us: Guidance on cost allocation to manage simultaneous projects, developing a robust financial monitoring system that will enhance their operations and capacity of their staff and improving budgets and documentation of financial procedures. You will be helping to prioritise these and will work to implement changes on as much as time allows.

Our partner will be able to cover the costs of your visa and provide recommendations for suitable accommodation.

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.

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Raintree Foundation, Nepal

Organisation Supporting Indigenous Communities

Panama
Affordable Accommodation

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

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.

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Organisation Using Sport to Support Vulnerable Youth

Colombia
Affordable Accommodation

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.

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Org. Providing Legal Assistance to Neglected Juvenile Prisoners

Zambia
Accommodation Provided

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.  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.

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.

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Organisation Promoting Good Governance and Accountability

Cameroon
Affordable Accommodation

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.

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Organisation Supporting the Elderly

Belize
Homestay Available

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.

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Together for Cambodia

Organisation Supporting Communities Affected by Injustices

Bolivia
Accommodation Provided, Spanish required

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.

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Organisation Working to Transform the Lives of Young People

Kenya
Accommodation provided

Our partner was founded to help nurture, empower and transform local young people to be self- reliant, independent and key players in their community.

They run a number of programmes including: supporting local vulnerable children to access education, an entrepreneurship program aiming to equip local youths with business and vocational skills and a community program supporting local youths in addressing the problems that affect them.

On this assignment your role will be to undertake an assessment of their accounting and financial systems, and make and implement recommendations based on the complexity of their accounting requirements, resources and skillset of staff. You will focus on establishing good practises and coaching staff in these.

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Organisation supporting Underprivileged Children

Nepal
Homestay option

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

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

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Organisation Providing Orthopaedic Care

Ghana
Accommodation Provided

Originally founded in 1961 as a centre of children with polio, our partner is a general rehabilitation centre providing four broad programmes: 

An orthopaedic clinic and workshop, where they manufacture and repair orthopaedic appliances such as shoes, prosthesis, braces and artificial legs, arms & splints.

Mobile orthopaedic unit which tours the country on a regular basis providing support to those unable to visit the Centre; the staff visit 42 stations throughout the country.

A residential home to provide facilities for patients in need of extensive physiotherapy and training. This is a centre for the rehabilitation of babies, children and adult amputees, and they usually stay at the home for 3-6 months.

Prosthetics and Orthopaedic (P&O) college that offers a three year diploma in P&O.

You will be the second AfID volunteer and will be reviewing their progress with the first volunteer’s implementations and recommendations and providing further training to local staff as required.

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Organisation Supporting Rural Communities

Ecuador
Accommodation Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucy at the Sangkheum Centre for Children

Organisation Providing Cardiac Care in Rwanda

Rwanda
Accommodation Provided

Our partner is a non- profit medical organisation focusing on bringing sustainable cardiac care to Rwanda. Your role will involve helping to strengthen their financial processes, develop a robust cost and time effective accounting system and prepare them for future expansion.

They started out by sending surgeons from the US to Rwanda once a year to carry out heart surgery; a year round presence began in 2013. The organisation now work in partnership with the Rwandan ministry of Health and the Rwandan Heart Foundation. They are currently building a regional centre of excellence in cardiac care, offering services which include cardiac surgery, a heart catheterisation lab, rehabilitation and prevention, and research and education on cardiac care.

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

They are a young organisation with limited resources and structure however, they have a committed and resourceful team who are eager to learn and develop. As the first AfID volunteer you will conduct an internal review of their existing systems, procedures and controls and make and implement recommendations for best practise. They have requested that you focus on cash flow forecasting and monitoring, budgeting and reporting procedures. You will also create a procedures manual and coach them in how to prepare annual finance statements.

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Organisation Supporting Indigenous Forestry Communities

Bolivia
Affordable Accommodation

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish is required for this assignment.

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

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Organisation Empowering Local Communities

Nepal
Accommodation Provided

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Education Organisation Promoting Rural Learning Opportunities

Mongolia
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner organisation is a Mongolian NGO, born out of and now linked with a European social enterprise supporting reading and education.

Established in 2014, our partner sets up learning centres as social enterprises in rural areas around UlaanBaatar and offer English courses, business and leadership skills and a free library service, providing access to quality education for students living in remote areas and a community hub for all. Often travel to the capitol UlaanBaatar is too expensive for many young students, prohibiting their access to education.
 
Their capability programmes link talented people in Europe and Asia to collaborate and learn business and leadership skills, also helping the centres to develop as social businesses. They want to empower people to become self-reliant, responsible and confident. They currently support 9 learning centres in Mongolia, aiming to set up 2 new centres each year. These centres are locally run and staffed, profits are used to repay the initial set-up loan which is then reinvested in further learning centres. The learning centres are managed by the same person who also teaches and is responsible for the accounting.
 
You will be based at the partner’s main office in UlaanBaatar and will be working with the Country Director and the Programmes Manager. The Programmes Manager has limited accounting knowledge and will require mentoring.
 
They are lacking clear financial structure and procedures and need help making their systems more efficient. As the first volunteer you will be conducting a review of their accounting systems, procedures and controls, making and starting to implement recommendations for best practice. You will work with the Programmes Manager to create a clear accounting framework, cash management and bookkeeping procedures and an organisational budget.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Mongolia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

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Organisation Contributing to Female Empowerment & Education

Costa Rica
Accommodation

This organisation was founded to contribute to the empowerment of women and the education of children through training programs aimed at developing their potential and capabilities from a gender-inclusive, humanistic and holistic perspective.

Currently our partner implements three core programmes including an educational, inspirational and holistic program for 200 children at social risk; literacy classes and employment training workshops and other activities that empower and develop practical, emotional and, social skills; and an environmental education project which contributes to alternative educational methods that inspire creativity, curiosity, hunger for knowledge and love for humankind, animals and nature.
 
You will be the first AfID volunteer supporting this partner and as such part of your role will be to conduct an internal review of their existing accounting systems, policies and controls, making and starting to implement recommendations for best practice. They have also requested support with the creation of organisational and programme budgets, support with annual reports and a financial procedure manual.

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Street learning, Escuela de la Calle, Guatemala

Organisation Improving Employment Opportunities for Indian Youth

India
Accommodation Provided

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

Over the past few years they have grown rapidly and now have 2000 students enrolled in their programme. You will be the fourth AfID volunteer to support this partner. They have previously received support in creating & monitoring budgets and reviewing restricted/tracked donor income expenditure.

After some time using their 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.

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Community Organisation Advocating for Peace and Reconciliation

Rwanda
Accommodation provided

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 and Educational support to destitute children.
 
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.

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Organisation Providing Better Healthcare Access for Nepalese Women

Nepal
Affordable Accommodation

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.

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Organisation Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Panama
Accommodation Provided

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.

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Social Enterprise Developing Information-Platforms Using Mobile Phones

Kenya
Accommodation provided

Our partner was 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.

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GOAL! from SALT Academy, Cambodia

Youth Led Organisation Providing Health and Education Support

Madagascar
Contribution to Accommodation

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.

The organisation’s programmes focus on youth aged 10-15-year-old as this group is often neglected in favour of younger children or older adolescents.
 
This partner trains Malagasy young adults (all aged 18-25 years) in health and education curriculum to then continue to work as educators, counsellor and mentors in middle schools in the region providing participatory reproductive-sexual health and leadership classes, implementing after-school activities and providing individual counselling. In addition to the middle school programmes the organisation have ongoing programmes in parent-adolescent communication; research and publication of girl’s puberty book and a re-usable sanitary pad project.
 
The organisation has been growing rapidly over the past two years. More schools are requesting their services; donor interest is increasing; partnership with multi-national agencies such as UNICEF and UNFPA is being implemented and staff is rapidly increasing. As the organisation grows additional support is needed to reinforce their financial and accounting procedures.
 
The Director reached out to us looking for support to make accounting processes straightforward yet still transparent. The first AfID supported them for 3 weeks in August 2016. She undertook an internal audit of their accounting processes and systems, financial controls, and made and implemented recommendations. The volunteer also reviewed the financial manual, developed a system to track incoming funds to produce quick monthly financial statements upon request, standardised reporting system bearing in mind they receive funding in different currencies and provided tailored training on financial management. The volunteer had a very successful assignment and would be happy to brief the next volunteer.
 
Your role as the second AfID volunteer would include undertaking a mock audit to help them prepare for an external audit taking place next year. The Director feels that there is still a lot of room for improvement and would like to have stronger systems, processes and procedures before having an external audit. In particular she would like you to review their procedures manual and help implement the ones they are currently not implementing. The previous volunteer suggested an implementation of Quickbooks but the Director would prefer to build the Excell skills of the Finance Officer before moving to another software.
 
The organisation is able to provide 500 euros to support a volunteer. This can go into accommodation and transportation from the capital.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Madagascar, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme. Click for more information on AfID's fee structure.

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Local Organisation Supporting Community Development

Malawi
Affordable Accommodation, Meals & Monthly Allowance provided

Our partner is a community based organisation and NGO with the aim to create change to enable a better future in their community. Their vision includes a community which is socio-economically empowered, have self-sustaining livelihoods and improved access to education, health and strong leadership. 

Their programme focuses include: Microfinance, Education, Vocational Skills Training, Volunteer programme, Community based mobile clinic.
 
The organisation have requested support to improve their accounting systems and achieve greater accountability and transparency for the benefit of their current and future donors.  
 
Their Executive Director has asked for help in the following key areas: drafting and documenting new financial policies and procedures; assisting with systems design; developing a chart of accounts; developing standardised templates; supporting with financial planning and budget creation and monitoring; reinforcing financial control; and introducing financial management principles and tools.

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Organisation building affordable homes & improving QOL

Sierra Leone
Accommodation Provided

This organisation work to build homes, sustainable businesses and community infrastructure for those living in very poor conditions whilst delivering the training to enable beneficiaries to make the most of their opportunities.

Through their first project, they are hoping to relocate 2000 people from the Freetown’s slums. The project will not only contain homes, but will have other infrastructure/amenities to enable dwellers to receive education, healthcare, and the means to earn an sustainable income. There will also be a business park, primary school, health centre and other community, social infrastructure and aim to use eco-friendly methods for waste management, recycling, water and energy.

In light of the recent flooding in Freetown, the organisation have also joined forces with local NGOs to distribute emergency aid and assistance.

Your brief

You will be the second volunteer at this organisation and you will be establishing the accounting system in country and training the first accountants. The first businesses need to have their controls and accounting put in place and systems developed. You will also be reviewing their progress with the organisation’s in country reporting requirement, suggesting further improvements and providing training as necessary. They would like you to help recruit someone to manage their finances.

There are many interesting elements from managing assets, developing buildings, building business plans implementing systems and you may get involved in a range of these depending on how long you stay. A key part of this placement though, is to help adapt the new accounting system to work in Sierra Leone.

Accommodation and other information

Reasonable accommodation is available in the homes they have already built within the village project.

Please note that Home Leone’s work is underpinned by Christian values; that said, they do not select their beneficiaries based on faith, and have said they are hosting volunteers who are not Christian, as long as he/she respects their way of working.

 

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

 

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Organisation Supporting Marginalised Communities

Nepal
Accommodation Provided

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.

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Architectural Organisation Improving Quality of Community Spaces

Costa Rica
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner works to promote social and community architecture to improve the quality of the public spaces through intersectoral articulation and co-management of participatory processes.

The organisation’s mission is to reduce socioeconomic gaps by generating a change in the concept of urban and social development, through empowerment, training and dignifying grassroots communities. They have developed and supported different communities in urban and rural areas of the country, with a focus on joint creation of opportunities, sustainability, accessibility, gender equity and critical pedagogies from the execution of projects in public spaces and common good.
 
The organisation do not have a permanent working location, and they work from the home of a rotating member of staff. There are 16 passionate individuals who make up the staff, most of them Architects. The finance function is led by an economist and supported by a trained architect. As such their knowledge of finance and accounting is limited and their set up is basic at the moment but they would like to improve.

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Harvest time; Gardens for Health, Rwanda

Education Organisation Empowering Children

Mexico
Affordable Accommodation; Spanish speaker required

Our partner envision a world where everyone has access to a quality education, is aware of this opportunity, and has the resources to take advantage of it. Their work is grounded in the knowledge that an education gives people choices and leads the way to a better and healthier life.

The organisation is based in a beautiful colonial city with cobbled streets and markets where ancient customs coexist with modern luxuries.

 
Their main focus is a classroom program that inspires students to stay in school. The organisation work with students in their last year of middle school with some the region’s most marginalised communities. In these schools, the drop-out rate between middle school and high school is as high as 57%. There's a lot that goes into this programme but the basic concept is simple: inspire ninth graders with the how's and why's of high school––and then give them a scholarship when they go.
 
In addition to this programme, the organisation also build schools in Mexico. The new classrooms that the organisation builds often replace the palm leaf and wooden shacks that were previously used. Studies show that a new, safe, and dignified classroom can provide an average of six additional weeks to a student’s school year because they no longer have to miss school in bad weather and higher teacher absenteeism. The 33 new classrooms built in 2015 served 938 students and provided an additional 5,628 student weeks of school!
 
You will be the first AfID on assignment with this partner and your role will include undertaking an assessment akin to an internal audit of their accounting systems, processes and internal controls and make and implement recommendations for best practice. You will also help solidify Policies and Procedures manual that includes descriptions of accounting procedures and controls; help streamlining their processes for accounting for both US and Mexico accounting requirements.
 
You will be working with the Finance and Administration Coordinators but would also have regular calls with the CFO as well as meetings with the Executive Director as needed.
 
The partner will be able to help arrange accommodation according to your needs. The city is a popular tourist destination so there are all types of homestays, apartments, guesthouses, hotels and hostels available.
 
This placement requires a spanish speaker. Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Mexico, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

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Volunteer Accountant for Digital Education Institute

Kenya
Visa covered

Our partner - whose local name roughly translates to mean to grow or to develop in Kiswahili - is an institute that exists to bridge the digital gap in education across Kenya and East Africa. Kenya is a growing IT hub but this is not reflected in the educational system, often due to a lack of resources.

The organisation is now an institute delivering a 3 month intensive programme in tech, design and business and they support graduates to seek employment afterwards. They sponsor students to enable them to study full time and do not charge fees. They generate revenue through providing services such as web-development, software development and corporate training as well as having a registered charity in the US for fundraising purposes.
 
You will be their first volunteer and you will be helping them to develop their accounting systems and procedures. They are planning to increase fundraising efforts next year and as they grow, their accounting requirements will become more complex. A lot of their procedures already do not fit their size and have become cumbersome and slow. They also want to be ready for when they are required to conduct audits. No one in the team has advance accounting knowledge and they would benefit from a full internal review of procedures and controls, recommendations for best practice and staff training.

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Pro Bono Accountant for Environmental Organisation

Belize
Accommodation Contribution

Our partner is the oldest environmental NGO in Belize and is a membership-based organisation dedicated to the sustainable management of natural resources through leadership and strategic partnerships with stakeholders for the benefit of people and the environment.

Your role as the second AfID volunteer will include visiting the sites to do a standard check, provide further training and help them implement the first volunteer’s recommendations.

Currently they work in 7 national protected areas and focus on protecting Belize’s natural resources while educating the public about their value and sustainable use. The organisation has grown from an all-volunteer organization to a Society with a staff of more than 40 dedicated professionals. This partner’s current programmes include: environmental education; community outreach; biodiversity research & monitoring; birding; and management of national protected sites from which they obtain an entrance fee income.

Your role as the second AfID volunteer will include visiting the sites to do a standard check, provide further training and help them implement the first volunteer’s recommendations. This partner would also like you to spend more time at one of the sites to ensure that proper systems are in place and that monthly reports are carried out as they should. 

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Pro Bono Accountant for Musical Education Organisation

Bolivia
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner provides Bolivian children and youth from underprivileged backgrounds with top quality music education. 

The organisation’s mission is to enhance the quality of cultural life in Bolivia and create opportunities for young people, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds, by building their confidence, nurturing their talents and spearheading a movement towards excellence in all fields.
 
The organisation encompasses a music school including a teacher-training programme, and an international music festival offering concerts all over Bolivia. The founder got in touch with AfID after we supported a partner in Belize who she knows well. 
 
Your role as a first volunteer with this partner will include an initial assessment of systems, processes and controls and making and implementing recommendations for best practice. In addition to the organisation assessment you will support the two branches with the following: 
  • Globally: As they a now have three non-profit organizations (in Bolivia, in the U.K. and in the U.S.) linked to the main organisation which need administering, they would like your help to set up systems to optimize effectiveness, promote transparency, and give them a better overview of their global financial situation. 
  • Locally: They need to restructure and streamline their organisation within Bolivia so that as much as possible gets channelled through the Bolivian foundation account.  The founder would also like your support to make processes more efficient as she believes they often make things more complicated than they should be because of a lack proper systems and division of duties. 
The organisation is looking to hire a part time administrator who will need training. The teachers at also are involved in the administration and as such you will be working with some and provide tailored finance training to non-finance staff. 
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case Bolivia, will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Volunteer Programme fee scale.

 

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Organisation Using Football to Tackle Marginalisation

India
Accommodation, Meals and some Living Costs

Our partner aims to foster sustainable development and long term solutions to the disadvantaged communities of India. They use soccer to encourage community inclusion and overcome barriers facing the marginalised populations of India.

The homeless and slum communities are facing a variety of complex issues, such sexual and domestic abuse, unemployment, alcoholism, drug usage, malnutrition, mental health issues and disengagement from the education sector. They believe that sport and football inherently offer a transferrable set of skills for social development, through team building, acceptance and discipline. They provide positive role models and a place to develop and enjoy one’s self.

They have two main offices in Nagpur and Chennai and operate over 9 cities in multiple locations across India.  You will be reviewing their progress and providing further training as needed in order for our partner to improve its internal accounting procedures. You will also be assessing the capacity and understanding of the team and reviewing job allocation. Moreover, you will help the team to incorporate longer term financial planning and strategy, as well as to establish robust and consistent financial procedures to aid our partner’s growth.

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Staff at Solary in Panama

Organisation Promoting Clean Cooking Technology

Malawi
Visa coverd

Our partner works to ensure a healthy and clean environment through practicing and encouraging the uptake and use of sustainable renewable energy and clean cooking technologies.

They work to promote the use of improved cook stoves around Malawi and provide training to rural households on the production of fuel efficient stoves as an income generating activity.

The partner reached out for support after a recent donor audit showed weakness in the finance function. Your role will involve undertaking an internal review of their accounting systems, financial processes and internal control to make and implement recommendations for best practise and to meet donor requirements. You will also provide support in the implementation of an accounting system, which would help them in tracking all payments from advance up to the expensing level.

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Organisation Protecting Marine Coastal Zones

Belize
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner is a marine scientific research organisation based in Belize. They are a leading authority on the responsible use of Belize’s coastal and marine resources. Their vision is to sustainably manage the use of the coastal ecosystem for the benefit of future generations.

In order to achieve their mission, the organisation carry out marine research, collect and maintain data, provide information as required by the Authority, organize training courses, maintain coastal monitoring programmes and support other agencies involved in coastal management.

Your role will involve undertaking an internal review of their accounting systems, procedures and controls, risk control and making and implementing recommendations for best practice.  You will also provide support with budget preparation, monitoring and analysis. You will work with the finance and programmes team to put a budget together as well as a cashflow forecast.

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Organisation Providing Early Childhood Care

Kenya
Flights & Visa part covered

Our partner is a social enterprise providing access to high- quality and affordable early childhood care and education to low- income communities around Nairobi. They envisage a world where every child has an opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their birthplace.

The organisation provides early care and education to enable children to reach their full potential, providing all the building blocks children need to develop at an achievable cost of less than $1 a day per. They have built a network of day- care centres and preschools in urban informal settlements/ slums. Their high quality and affordable day-care allows working parents to maintain gainful employment and prevents older siblings being taken out of school for childcare responsibilities.

As a first volunteer supporting this partner, you will conduct an internal review of their accounting systems, procedures and controls, and making and implementing recommendations for best practice. Your role will also involve providing support to improve their financial management systems. You will help introduce tracking and recording of earned income as well as grants, reporting templates for their field offices, monthly management accounts and budget vs actual analysis.

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Organisation Supporting Marine Conservation

Mozambique
Accommodation Provided

Our partner exists to protect the ocean’s giants from extinction with the aim of reversing global declines in threatened marine species. 

 


Their pioneering research feeds into conservation and education efforts to protect large marine animals. Their current projects focus mostly on manta rays and whale sharks but also include hump back whales, dolphins, black marlin and turtles.

As well as conducting research they work with the local community and its leaders to promote sustainable fishing methods and create locally managed marine areas to reduce threats to these marine populations. They are a small organisation at the moment with plans to grow and expand their reach. They are planning research in South East Asia and South America which will include large budgets.

You will be the first AfID volunteer to support this partner. They currently have the support of an independent accounting volunteer who has conducted an internal review of their accounting procedures, controls and systems and started to make and implement recommendations. As our first volunteer your role will involve conducting a similar internal review, checking on their progress and continuing to implement changes for best practice.

You will provide support and training on QuickBooks, support in moving away from a cash based accounting system and help developing a business development strategy to take on more funding for their research projects.

The partner are able to provide accommodation. 

Basic knowledge of Portuguese is advantageous.

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

 

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Organisation Supporting Marginalised Youth

Peru
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner aims to empower children and young people in Peru. They believe that with access quality education and employment opportunities young people will be able to build a better future for themselves.

The organisation provides education and vocational training support for marginalised young people, they partner with a number of organisations and through these partnerships support organisational sustainability through income- generation, cost reduction initiatives and capacity building for staff.

Recently they have undergone staff changes and have requested the support of an AfID volunteer to help support the new manager.  Your role will involve providing training on Xero and assistance with monitoring with regards to bank and cash transactions. The organisation have recently changed their strategic plan and would like support to adapt the budgets and the accounts to the new strategy and projects.

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Mobile learning from Xavier Project, Kenya

Self- Sustainable School Providing Education to Rural Children

Tanzania
Accommodation provided

Our partner is a Tanzanian secondary school following a model of self- sustainability. They aim to become financially independent and not dependent on student fees, whilst delivering high quality education irrespective of family income.

In order to achieve its goals, the organisation runs a number of income generating projects that both contribute to the costs of running the school and provide practical educational opportunities to students in business, finance management and technical skills. Their current projects include: bee keeping, growing and harvesting timber, a school restaurant and shop, and dairy/ poultry farming.

You will be the first AfID volunteer supporting this partner. As a first volunteer you will conduct an internal review of the current accounting processes, make and implement recommendations for best practise and help to establish an appropriate accounting system. As part of this initial assessment you will help to identify what financial training is needed, provide training to staff and assist in ensuring that financial regulations are adhered to.

 

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Organisation supporting Impoverished Children

Bolivia
Accommodation

Our partner is a non-profit organisation that supports impoverished children who live and work on the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

 


The organisation uses art and performance to engage with affected children and help lead them towards a better future. The main projects at the organisation include a Social Circus school which specialises in teaching juggling and other performing arts, a music programme and a microfinance programme, where families are making and selling bracelets.

This organisation is a long standing partner of AfID and has received the support of two AfID volunteers. The first volunteer provided in site and remote support with operational/ finance procedures and controls. Our second volunteer successfully installed the use of Quickbooks. The partner has now started planning for a financial literacy and microloan component to their bracelet program, which aims to assist families with building successful microenterprises to enhance long-term financial stability. It is hoped that the program will help to increase the long- term value derived from their bracelet investments. The initial stage of the Microloan programme started this year and some of the families have been selected and received funds in their savings accounts, but are unsure about how to use them to build long-term sustainability.  Your role as the third AfID volunteer will involve helping to train a new staff person or a long-term volunteer in teaching financial literacy and helping low-resource families develop resource-appropriate business plans that have several phases, based on a graduated series of successful microloans. 

The organisation are able to provide accommodation their offices or a homestay can be arranged if preferred. Please note that intermediate Spanish is necessary for this assignment.

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

 

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Organisation Supporting Rural Farmers

Malawi
Affordable Accommodation

Our partner works to support farmers living in rural communities in the Northern region of Malawi. The organisation aims to assist farmers with agricultural production and the marketing of their crops.

The region in which our partner operates is prone to both flooding and drought therefore the organisation works with the farmers to try and minimise the damage caused by these natural disasters. Alongside this the organisation works towards the integration of clean, safe water and promotes empowerment for school children and members of the community.

As the second volunteer to support this partner, you will be reviewing the organsiation's progress since the last assignment and providing furhter guidance and training as required. They have also asked for support preparing for an external audit and meeting EU reporting requirements.

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Organisation Supporting Communities in Post-Conflict Region

Uganda
Affordable Accommodation

Founded in 2002 to respond to the civil war which predominantly affected northern Uganda our partner are committed to promoting Christian values and providing education, child protection, health care, and livelihood opportunities to women and children affected by the war. 


The organisation has evolved from being a small local organisation to a national organisation with a vision to provide vulnerable groups opportunities to reach their potential. They are currently supporting approximately one thousand beneficiaries which include child mothers and their children, orphans, child-headed households, children affected by HIV/AIDS.  
 
The partner currently has five core programmes, ongoing projects and two schools affiliated each in Pader and Nwoya district. Programmes in the community include: social economic empowerment for vulnerable groups; secondary education for girls; social reintegration of vulnerable girls and of child mothers in post conflict Pader and Nwoya; and business skills training.
 
The organisation was introduced to AfID as a referral by one of their main donors who thought they might benefit from the support of one of volunteers. 
 
You will be the first AfID volunteer on assignment supporting this partner. As a first volunteer one of your key responsibilities will be to undertake an assessment of their accounting processes and controls, making and implementing recommendations verify the information that has been shared with us, and determine in what scope AfID continues to work with the partner organisation. 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 organisation is moving from a manual system to QuickBooks and the team would benefit from training. They also requested a volunteer who could support them meet donor reporting requirements; monitoring and analysis of budgets and provide training on audit preparation and basic financial management for non-finance staff. You will be based mainly in Pader but will visit Nwoya at times to support the staff based there.
 
Accommodation in Pader is offered at a guesthouse/apartment at a subsided rate.
 
Please note that overseas assignments, in this case in Uganda will incur a placement fee as per the AfID Tailored Volunteer Programme fee scale.

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Performing Arts School for Underprivileged Children

Brazil
Resources: Homestay Option

Our partner organisation was set up to make a difference in the lives of children living in an underprivileged area in Recife, engaging with issues such as employee rights and sexual and reproductive health.


Our partner is a performing arts school founded by a group of friends wanting to make a difference in the lives of children living in an underprivileged area in Recife. They offer music and humanities classes; for the younger children this includes lessons on culture, folklore and traditions of the carnival, St. John and Christmas. For the older children, this includes lessons on citizenship, employment and employee rights and sexual and reproductive health.
 
You will be the second AfID volunteer on assignment. The first volunteer implemented an electronic bank reconciliation function and provided Excel and electronic bank reconciliation training to staff. They also created a procedures manual as well as creating and presenting sessions with children and economic lessons to families.
 
Unfortunately, in 2014 a fire destroyed our partner’s premises but with a lot of hard work they are going to move to their new offices in November 2015. Your role with them would start in November and you will continue building on the work initiated by the first volunteer and implement some of their recommendations. 
 
The areas where they will need your help include: putting into place an accounting system that suits better their needs; evaluating safer and more accurate systems of financial control to be implemented in a long run; creating a template of financial report to ensure transparency; helping them design a campaign for promoting/starting an endowment fund for the organisation;  helping them decide the best kinds of investments in order to maintain the profits of the endowment; training people keeping records up to date and to use them as tools for fundraising and reporting and developing a finance workshop for children and young adults.
 
The assignment will be for 4 weeks or more. Homestay accommodation is available free of charge. Portuguese or Spanish speaker required.

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Olivia on assignment with Bright Generation, Ghana

Organisation Using Performance and Microloans to Help Local Community

Bolivia
Accommodation Covered

Our partner, based in Cochabamba, the fourth largest city in Bolivia, popular for its all year round spring-like weather, uses art and performance to engage with the children affected, to help lead them towards a better future. 


The organisation support children who live and work on the streets of Cochabamba. Many Bolivian families move from rural areas to find opportunities in the cities, but end up living in poor and dangerous conditions. The main projects at the organisation include a “Social Circus” school, specialising in teaching juggling and other performing arts, a music programme whereby the children are working towards producing an album, and a microfinance programme, where families are making and selling bracelets. 
 
The organisation has now started planning for a financial literacy and microloan component to the bracelet program, assisting families with building successful microenterprises to enhance long-term financial stability. The bracelet program will help participants create step-by-step building blocks to increase the long-term value derived from their bracelet investments.  
 
They already have made a proposal and have the basic outline for the project but will begin building the structure and decide the way to run it from March- April 2016 and they need your support for that stage. You would be the third AfID volunteer on assignment and your role would be to support and train local staff and implement the initial phase of microloan programme and set up a guide and a manual.  From July 2016 they will receive the loans and from September/ October they will select 10 families to receive the first grants. 
 
The first AfID volunteer provided on-site and remote support with operational / finance procedures and controls, cash management, legal and tax at the start of the year. The second volunteer successfully installed the accounting on QuickBooks in February 2015. 
 
The staff are a combination of nationalities (though predominantly Bolivian), and the common language is Spanish, though English speakers are around as well (for example the founder). This assignment will require a Spanish speaker.
 
Volunteers have the option of staying at the organisation’s premises free of charge. If you prefer, the partner could help you organise Homestay or Guesthouse accommodation.

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

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Organiastion Who Envisage an HIV-Free World

Togo
Resources: Volunteer House or Guesthouse Options

Our partner’s organisation was formed 13 years ago envisioning a world without HIV.  The organisation is located in northern Togo and provides comprehensive health and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS. 

 
Our partner supports HIV patients by offering free medical consultations, antiretroviral therapy, group support sessions and home visits. In addition, the organisation has an effective program of prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child, delivers sexual education and free contraceptive methods.
 
You would be the first AfID volunteer and your role will include undertaking a general assessment of the organisation’s current processes and financial controls, identifying any weaknesses, and recommending and implementing any changes which you deem necessary.   The Director has also requested support with reviewing the procedures manual, training local staff in accounting and finance to keep track of the accounts and manage them themselves and help them move from Excel to QuickBooks. 
 

French Language skills are desirable.

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Organisation Distributing Health and Hygiene Products

Kenya
Accommodation & Living Allowance

Our partner is a Kenyan registered NGO working to distribute health and hygiene products throughout the country. They are looking for strategic  support from an accountant with experience working in a multi-centre environment with multiple sources of income.

They operate a research department set up with CDCP Atlanta and have done over 30 studies on maternal health, nutrition and health interventions in Western Kenya. Their emergency department  is currently providing a response to the cholera outbreak and floods.
 
As they have a well-established finance team, they have requested strategic/commercial support including a review of their policies, evaluation of the performance of each of their 11 centres, budget preparation, monitoring and anaysis and stock management.

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Disaster Relief Organisation Supporting Community Development

Indonesia

This organisation was founded in 2005, as a response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, by which Indonesia was hugely affected. Our partner’s main focus areas are disaster relief, and health and education within childhood and community development. 

The organisation delivers its health and education programmes in 8 villages, and therefore has various field offices, with a central base in Bandung. Their projects around disaster relief come and go wherever necessary, and increasingly they are focussing on long-term development. They are running community development, maternal health and early childhood development programmes. 
 
As the second volunteer you will be assessing their progress.  This will include review of their accounting processes and controls in line with the recommendations and undertanding what they were comfortable and able to implement as well as the challenges.  They would benefit from support in creating standardised processes and templates for all the field staff to report, these would eventually help him prepare donor reports as well as any reports for internal use. They would also appreciate support in reviewing their budget creation, monitoring and cashflow management processes.

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Community Org. Fighting Food Insecurity, Environment and HIV

Malawi
Affordable Accommodation

A long standing AfID partner, this organisation works together with communities to address the contentious issues of food insecurity, low household level income, environmental degradation and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

More recently, the organisation have moved towards youth-focussed programmes and women leadership projects. 
 
As the third AfID volunteer, your role will be to review their accounting processes and controls, and strengthen internal controls; support the Finance and Administration Officer with budget tracking for projects, preparation of financial statements and reports for projects and give further training with their accounting system. The Director is keen for other members of staff to receive training in accounting; specifically, he would like the project coordinators to be trained on budget creation, monitoring and reporting.

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Girls' Education from Nurture Africa, Kenya

Interim Administration Manager at Music School

Uganda
Affordable Accommodation

What began as an initiative to donate pianos, extended into an organisation teaching children how to play the piano, and later other instruments. The Administration Manager will be going on maternity leave around the beginning of April, and maternity cover will be needed.  


This organisation started, almost by chance, following the founder’s successful “Pianos for Uganda” scheme, set up in 1998, which enabled pianos donated from the UK to be placed in schools and churches across the country, as a consequence of Idi Amin’s rule.

 

 

The organisation started off its operations in the basement of the local, and following their growth and success, moved to its own premises two years ago. The children they teach either pay full fees or receive bursaries (these are funded by donations). The staff of the organisation still have links with churches through choirs, and they have been working a group of street children who have formed their own band and perform at events.

 

 

 
The organisation received their first AfID volunteer last fall who supported the organisation for 4 weeks. She reviewed the financial processes and controls, identified weaknesses and implemented changes; reviewed the costs and benefits associated with re-structuring the finance and administration departments; completed ad hoc analysis and reconciliation tasks to assist the Executive Director; and reviewed the Finance Manual and identified areas needing to be updated and provided training to the accountant. 
 
During her time supporting them, the volunteer identified the need for a new senior management position who could support the Executive Director and the Accountant. As such she felt restructuring of the finance and administration functions is a priority in order to allow the Executive Director to focus on the development of organisation.  With that in mind the volunteer, developed a first draft of a job description for a new senior management post – Finance and Administration Manager. However, there is currently no funding for this position. 
 
Your role as the second AfID volunteer will include building on the volunteer’s work and implementing some of her recommendations. The Administration Manager will be going on maternity leave around the beginning of April, and maternity cover will be needed.  Your assignment will give our partner the opportunity to have someone covering the Administration Manager but also try out a new structure supporting the Executive Director and Accountant. 

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

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Spanish Speaking Accountant for Construction Organisation

Guatemala
Affordable Accommodation with host family

Based in Guatemala's must-visit destination our partner was founded by a civil engineer from the Netherlands 10 years ago. The organisation works on housing projects, helping to rebuild and improve the houses and community buildings of rural Guatemala.

Although based in Antigua, the organisation works on a national level, in locations up to 10 hours away from Antigua. So far, they have helped to build or add improvements to around 650 houses, and 70 community buildings. They build the houses with the help of local masons and constructors, and improve the living conditions and facilities of local families. 
 
Your role, as the second volunteer will include checking the implementation of the first volunteer’s recommendations,  strengthening internal controls, help the organisation prepare for an external audit and provide further training to the finance staff. Our partner prepare their year-end accounts at the end of February and depending on your arrival you could also provide support in this area. 

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Grassroots Agricultural Organisation

El Salvador
Resources: Affordable Accommodation, Requirements: Spanish Speaker

Our partner is a grassroots organisation of subsistence farmers and local Permaculture Associations, promoting the development of a healthier and ecologically sustainable society.


Our partner is a grassroots organisation of subsistence farmers, and an alliance of three local Permaculture Associations. Their mission is to promote permaculture for the development of a healthier, wiser and more ecologically sustainable society. 
 
Permaculture methodology uses the Farmer to Farmer approach where farmers learn from other more experienced farmers how to work together to improve the environment and produce more food; improve their water and health sustainably and develop confidence and self-reliance in the communities.
 
You would be the first AfID volunteer and would be based in a town located one hour away from the capital San Salvador. Your role would be will be akin to undertaking a general assessment of their financial controls and procedures, identifying any weaknesses, and recommending and implementing any changes which you deem necessary. 
 
In addition the partner has requested training on general accounting and financial principles to strengthen the financial knowledge and capabilities of the three local Permaculture Associations and support with fiscal responsibilities such as VAT, tax reports and rent. 
 
As with many of our South American partners, a Spanish speaker is required. They are looking for a volunteer to start as soon as possible with an assignment length of at least 4 weeks. Basic accommodation is offered for 100 USD per month including food.

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Volunteer Accounting Consultants

Botswana
Tailor-made voluntary placements to fit your availability, skills and preferences.

Are you waiting for your ideal volunteer assignment to appear? 
If so, wait no longer. With over 350 charity partners across Africa, Asia and Latin America the roles listed are only a small sample of what is available.

We tailor all assignments around a volunteer’s personal preferences, experience, budget and availability. You could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala, coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali or conducting financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu.

Please get in touch so that we can discuss the wide range of opportunities available to you.

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Volunteer Accounting Consultants

Cameroon
Tailor-made voluntary placements to fit your availability, skills and preferences.

Are you waiting for your ideal volunteer assignment to appear? 
If so, wait no longer. With over 350 charity partners across Africa, Asia and Latin America the roles listed are only a small sample of what is available.

We tailor all assignments around a volunteer’s personal preferences, experience, budget and availability. You could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala, coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali or conducting financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu.

Please get in touch so that we can discuss the wide range of opportunities available to you.

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"I am a young leader", Projet Jeune, Madagascar

Volunteer Accounting Consultants

Malawi
Tailor-made voluntary placements to fit your availability, skills and preferences.

Are you waiting for your ideal volunteer assignment to appear? 
If so, wait no longer. With over 350 charity partners across Africa, Asia and Latin America the roles listed are only a small sample of what is available.

We tailor all assignments around a volunteer’s personal preferences, experience, budget and availability. You could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala, coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali or conducting financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu.

Please get in touch so that we can discuss the wide range of opportunities available to you.

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Volunteer Accounting Consultants

Sierra Leone
Tailor-made voluntary placements to fit your availability, skills and preferences.

Are you waiting for your ideal volunteer assignment to appear? 
If so, wait no longer. With over 350 charity partners across Africa, Asia and Latin America the roles listed are only a small sample of what is available.

We tailor all assignments around a volunteer’s personal preferences, experience, budget and availability. You could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala, coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali or conducting financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu.

Please get in touch so that we can discuss the wide range of opportunities available to you.

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Volunteer Accounting Consultants

Myanmar
Tailor-made voluntary placements to fit your availability, skills and preferences.

Are you waiting for your ideal volunteer assignment to appear? 
If so, wait no longer. With over 350 charity partners across Africa, Asia and Latin America the roles listed are only a small sample of what is available.

We tailor all assignments around a volunteer’s personal preferences, experience, budget and availability. You could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala, coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali or conducting financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu.

Please get in touch so that we can discuss the wide range of opportunities available to you.

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Volunteer Accounting Consultants

Philippines
Tailor-made voluntary placements to fit your availability, skills and preferences.

Are you waiting for your ideal volunteer assignment to appear? 
If so, wait no longer. With over 350 charity partners across Africa, Asia and Latin America the roles listed are only a small sample of what is available.

We tailor all assignments around a volunteer’s personal preferences, experience, budget and availability. You could be budgeting with a street child centre in Kampala, coaching a hospital bookkeeper in Kigali or conducting financial reporting for a primary school in Kathmandu.

Please get in touch so that we can discuss the wide range of opportunities available to you.

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Children’s Centre Supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Kenya
Accommodation provided

Our partner seeks to empower and protect vulnerable children and their communities to give them the opportunity of a brighter future. The organisation creates a homely and personal environment for orphaned and vulnerable children in 7 different houses.

The organisation provides porridge and lunch to more than 9,000 children in public primary schools in the rural and slum areas. They also run a health program to support the physical and psychological needs of the community; has a child sponsoring program for girls to access secondary education and supports income generating activities, such as a farm, livestock and safari. 
 
You would be the fourth volunteer on assignment and your role will include strengthening internal controls; reviewing the Business Plan for income generating projects; provide financial management analysis and improve reporting. There is also scope for writing grant proposals; organisational support with annual reports and HR performance system upgrade.

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Alison on assignment in Sri Lanka

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