Do I qualify?

Believe it or not it’s surprisingly easy for seemingly normal people to achieve amazing results as a volunteer accountant and change lives for the better. You don’t need the patience of Mother Teresa or the survival skills of Ray Mears, all you need is a little belief, the time and of course the will.

You need to have excellent communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English and bags of initiative, resourcefulness, honesty, patience and of course compassion.

If you are a non-profit organisation or social enterprise please visit the AfID Partners site

Qualifying criteria

You will also need to tick at least one of these.
 Please note it is not essential to be a qualified accountant

  • 3 to 5 or more years relevant work experience
  • Membership or affiliation to a UK accounting institute e.g. ICAEW, ICAS, ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA
  • Membership or affiliation to an overseas accounting institute e.g. CA, CMA , CGA Canada; HKICPA; CPA, ICAA Australia; NZICA; CPA US
  • Part-Qualified or AAT Accounting Technician with 5 or more years relevant work experience
Click here for interviews and case studies with a selection of our past volunteers

If you are still unsure, please drop us a line as we are happy to answer any questions. 

Are my skills relevant?

The needs of our partners stem from a lack of experience in all aspects of financial management, from the basics, such as bookkeeping and cash management, to more strategic planning and staff management. We are committed to supporting our partners over the long term and will do this by providing volunteers with a broad range of skills so there will always be a need for every type of accountant, from part & newly qualifieds to accountants and QBEs with extensive life and work experience, such as FDs & CFOs.
Each volunteer should look upon themselves as part of a team of well-informed, independent consultants working on the areas they and their partner feel are most appropriate.  If at any time a volunteer feels unable to address a critical issue, then, once communicated to AfID, this will be factored into the next volunteer’s skills profile and subsequent terms of reference. It is this timely and constructive direction from one volunteer to the next that ensures our long term programme is always focussed on supporting the right areas and receives the full backing of all the stakeholders; leading to more effective development.
Do I need to be a British citizen or based in the UK? 
No. We have so far placed accountants from 45 different countries; these include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Colombia, Poland, Ireland, Ghana, South Korea, the US and others. Forty percent of AfID's volunteers come from outside the UK, and we are able to provide all the information and long-distance guidance you need. Case studies, guides, manuals and templates are provided along with two pdf books Building Capacity Through Financial Management and Communicating Financial Management with Non-Finance People. We can also put you in contact with former volunteers, and should you decide to go on placement we arrange phone calls between you and the local staff at the charity.

Is there an age limit?

Definitely not. Like our many charity partners across Africa and Asia we hold wisdom, experience and maturity in very high regard. We would love to hear from anyone who feels they could make a positive difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

Do you require references?
Yes. In addition to a successful Disclosure & Barring Service, Standard Check (UK volunteers) or Police / Criminal Background (Overseas volunteers) check, all volunteers need to provide us with references covering their last 3 years of employment. Character references will be required for volunteers that have not worked over this period. Copies of your passport, two other forms of identification and your professional membership details are also required.
If you have any questions please call on 0208 741 7000 /  E-mail