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NGO supporting coastal communities & maintaining healthy ecosystem

Accommodation & Visa
Zanzibar, Tanzania

6-12 weeks

Our partner works with small-scale fishing communities on the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba and on the northern coast of mainland Tanzania. They aim to build local capacity to manage coastal resources and improve livelihoods, liaising with international conservation charities and government departments to deliver this.

 

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial systems, procedures and controls. You will be identifying gaps or weaknesses and making improvements to help them meet best practice and to build their capacity. Our partner has grown considerably in the last 4 years and is receiving funding from large international donors, you will be helping to ensure that they have the structure in place and capacity to manage this. They recruited a full time Accountant and Finance Manager in 2018 and have been developing their finance function gradually as donors and audits have required it. They would now like to streamline their procedures and improve efficiency.

You will also be coaching the new Finance Manager who does not have prior experience at this level. You will be training the team in budget tracking, financial planning and project accounting. You will be reviewing and updating the financial procedures manual, guiding preparation for annual audit and drafting an annual organisational budget. You will be based in their main office in Zanzibar.

It is important to note that Zanzibar is an Islamic region and volunteers need to be respectful of Islamic culture. This will require dressing appropriately and being sympathetic to views and traditions that are likely not their own. The team will provide guidance on this.

While Zanzibar services mostly do function fairly well, there are occasional power outages and lapse in internet coverage. It is fair to say that internet connection is generally weak.

Not-for-profit organization supporting smallholders farmers

Visa and flights covered
Nairobi, Kenya

4-5 weeks

Our partner is an agribusiness using technology and innovation to support smallholder farmers. They challenge poor productivity and fragmented value chains by connecting famers to technical support, market contract and farm inputs.

 

You will be tailoring and explaining the different types of internal and external reporting and their purpose.

They have had issues with tax authorities in the past and would like to ensure they are producing clear information to avoid these issues in the future. Theywould like guidance on better reporting for analysis and strategy.

You will also be providing further support on cashflow management and cost accounting. You will be supporting the team with forecasting for long harvest cycles and purchasing and sales strategies.

Social Enterprise Enabling Development

Affordable Accommodation
Bangalore, India

4 weeks

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 equip local retail shops in peri-urban and rural locations with the stock and knowledge and resources to sell it so it can reach those who need it.

 

They need to implement a new system that would enable them to integrate their accounting, logistics and procurement. They have identified and tested the new software, and have started their data migration in September. You will be supporting with project management of the data migration; they are looking to migrate inventory, pending balances from shop owners, and sales history data. They recently appointed a Project Coordinator who would need to be mentored in order to work independently after your placement is completed. 

You will also support in implementing a better stock count process, and you will be developing and outlining processes to ensure that their new logistics software integrates with Quickbooks. This could involve outlining features for the developer to add, and creating processes for their team in Bangalore to follow.

This role requires a volunteer that is comfortable to work in a busy environment and more than 50% of the time remotely, as the team members are frequently travelling inside India. Please note that as this role centres around systems implementation, depending on your availability, the implementation will have progressed and therefore your exact objectives will need to be confirmed.

Not-for-profit organization raising awareness on sustainability

Affordable Accommodation
San Jose, Costa Rica

4 Weeks

Our partner is a non-profit start-up based in Costa Rica, known as one of the most sustainable countries in the world. Their mission is to align Latin America with the Global Agenda on sustainable goals and provide the region with the reference points to understand, adapt and implement this Agenda.

 

You will begin with an internal review of their current financial procedures, systems and controls. You will be assessing the capacity and resources of the team and organisation and making recommendations for best practice, training staff to build their capacity. You will be improving and introducing new procedures as needed to further strengthen and formalise their structure, making sure they are prepared for a potential external or donor-led audit. New regulations have been introduced in Costa Rica and they will need to be yearly audited, so they want to make sure they are prepared for this event.

Apart from audit preparation, one of our partner’s main requests was to receive specialised support in developing a business model for their organization, to increase sustainability. They would like your support in building their strategy and benchmark prices for standardised services. They have good reputation and strong connections with main private donors in the region, but investors are requesting more services and they would like to be prepared with presenting professional business proposals. You will also have the possibility to attend one of their events and advise on how the can financially improve the rateability of the events.

NGO empowering and protecting children and teenagers

Affordable Accommodation
Harare, Zimbabwe

2-6 weeks

Our partners provides a platform for young people to make their voices heard and to realise their potential to positively change the lives of themselves and their communities. Their work aims to create livelihoods and economic independence; protects those who are vulnerable to early child marriages, HIV and gender and sexual based violence; and teaches youth about leadership, community participation and peer support. 

 

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial procedures, systems and controls. You will be making and implementing your recommendations for best practice, training staff on new implementations. As a new organisation they are keen to ensure the structure they have in place is fit for purpose as they grow and attract new funding. Their current donors have offered some start-up support, including site visits and reporting guidance but they will benefit from a more tailored coaching for their overall financial procedures. They have also requested support to improve their budgeting, cashflow forecasting, financial planning, reporting, reconciliations and filing.

Social enterprise supporting young artists and musicians

Affordable Accommodation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

4 Weeks

Our partner is a social enterprise whose mission is to revive Cambodian music through supporting young artists and musicians to develop original music and content, while growing their careers.

 

You will begin with an internal review of their current financial procedures, systems and controls. You will be assessing the capacity and resources of the team and organisation and making recommendations for best practice, training staff to build their capacity. You will be improving and introducing new procedures as needed to further strengthen and formalise their structure, making sure they are prepared for a potential external or donor-led audit.

The organization has been awarded 2 institutional grants which has doubled their income. They have requested your support to review their current procedures and controls, make sure they have the right system in place for monitoring expenses and financial reporting. They are currently working on Excel but would like to move to QuickBooks and if appropriate you will support with this transition, as well with creating a Chart of Accounts.

NGO developing innovative solutions to healthcare concerns

Affordable Accommodation
Kampala, Uganda

2-3 weeks

Our partner is a tech-based Social Enterprise developing innovative solutions to healthcare concerns. They focus on children and improving their access to effective healthcare. They are currently designing technology to diagnose pneumonia in young children which is the cause of many infant deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

They have requested support to help them to better manage their grants and investment. You will be starting by conducting an internal review of their existing accounting system, procedures and controls and making improvements. They have started to implement procedures as best they can but are aware that they do so without the financial experience. You will be helping to install a robust and user-friendly system and training staff to maintain it. They would also like assistance with financial planning, cash management, audit preparation, financial control and grant reporting. You will be working primarily with their CEO and Finance Manager, who does not have accountancy experience but is currently studying an MBA.

Organization promoting and protecting sustainable livelihoods

Affordable Accommodation and meals
Mukono, Uganda

2 weeks+

Our partner is promoting and protecting sustainable livelihoods through income and food security, environmental conservation, health and social support. Their target beneficiaries began as those suffering from HIV/AIDS and those in extreme poverty and now include small-scale farmers and small business owners.

 

You will be reviewing their progress, providing further training as needed. They are now completing uploading all transactions onto Savings Plus, you will then help agree the balances. You will also help complete the bank reconciliations and introduce a P&L template.

Our partner has requested your support for the Cooperative: developing the Financial Procedures Manual; building their capacity to engage resource mobilisation strategies and improve the loan portfolio; and training staff on maintaining an asset register, cashflow statements and preparing annual accounts. You will also be training staff in donor reporting.

Not-for-profit organization strengthening and improving schools in Kenya

Affordable Accommodation
Nairobi, Kenya

3-4 Weeks

This organization partners with community based schools in informal settlements and the slums of Nairobi, strengthening leadership, improving instructional  quality and providing infrastructure support to help the schools create an environment where all children can fulfil their potential. 

 

You will start by reviewing their progress since Jinani’s placement, providing further guidance and training as needed. Our partner has requested a year-end placement to help prepare them for their 2019 audit (due end February 2020) and to review and update their Financial Procedures Manual. You will help improve their systems, workflow and efficiency. They have also requested support in preparing a 3 year organisational budget.

 

 

NGO deploying solar solutions to supply clean energy solutions

Affordable Accommodation
New Delhi, India

4 Weeks

Our partner is a start-up social enterprise that is deploying solar solutions to supply reliable and affordable clean energy solutions across the agricultural value-chain in rural India.

 

Your role will be to undertake an assessment of their existing controls, processes and systems, making recommendations based on the complexity of the accounting, skillset of local staff and resources available to the organisation. Our partner is seeking an experienced volunteer to design and implement an accounting & financial management system. This will include:

  • Reviewing, strengthening and developing their control environment and risk management procedures.
  • Assessing whether they transition to using an accounting software. They are keen on migrating to Quickbooks, and it would be useful to support them in getting ready for such a transition, advising and supporting them on it.
  • Developing budgets, budget management & reporting, and cashflow management and forecasting tools.
  • Training the new Accounting Executive they are looking to hire, and being a business partner and mentoring Amit in better understanding his financial management responsibilities.
  • Supporting them with refining financial models and undertaking any analysis for investor readiness.

Animal Welfare Charity

Accommodation and Lunch provided
Lilongwe, Malawi

2 - 5 Weeks

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.

 

You will review their progress and check the accounts and the P&L. This will be a good mid-point in their financial year to review how they are getting on with the new system. You will be reviewing the new management reporting templates, simplifying or editing as needed. You will also be reviewing the profitability of the veterinary clinic for the 1st 6 months of 2019/20. They have also requested that you help produce their first annual report.

Our partner is also considering splitting into 2 separate entities, they will keep the registered charity for their animal welfare projects but will set up the hospital as a private company/social enterprise which will be generating income for the charity. They would like your advice on how to structure the finances for this new set up.

Not-for-profit organization working to eradicate human trafficking

Affordable Accommodation
Nairobi, Kenya

6 weeks

Our partner is working to eradicate human trafficking, exposing the crime and empowering its victims. Their work raises awareness and sensitises people to the danger of trafficking; they provide rescue, shelter, counselling and reintegration training for victims, educational workshops and opportunities for economic empowerment; and they conduct research on thematic areas which they use to inform and influence policy changes.

 

You will start by reviewing their progress providing further guidance and training as needed. You will support with the following: introducing monthly management reports and accounts; improving financial controls; advising on cash management procedures; implementing procurement policies; and updating the Finance Manual with these changes. You will also be training staff on the new additions.

Social enterprise providing secure access to health solutions

Homestay provided
Kampala, Uganda

3-8 weeks

Our partner believes that no one should be denied health care because they cannot afford it. They target low income populations living in rural, urban and peri-urban areas of Uganda, providing them secure access to health solutions. 

 

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial procedures, systems and controls and making recommendations for best practice, suitable to their resources and capacity. They have a full-time Accountant who has newly graduated from university. You will be assessing her capacity and providing 1:1 coaching as needed. Our partner would also like your help to introduce budgeting and internal and donor reporting procedures and to strengthen financial controls. They would like you to work with the COO and CEO to review financial sustainability, costing and business plan and to ensure they are meeting compliance.

NGO educating young people strengthening their abilities

Affordable Accommodation
Kigali, Rwanda

2-4 weeks

Our partner is the national scouting organization of Rwanda. Their mission is youth-oriented and aims at educating young people to become more responsible citizens and strengthening their abilities. 

 

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial procedures, systems and controls and making recommendations for best practice, suitable to their resources and capacity. Their last audit was done in 2016 and they estimate a new audit in 2019/early 2020 – you will be assisting in improving the procedures and controls, to make sure they are prepared both for the external audit and meeting standards for potential donors.

They have a full-time Finance and Admin Officer on a full time position. You will be working together, assessing her capacity and providing 1:1 coaching and capacity building as necessary. They are currently working with Excel and you will be improving their use of the system, and evaluate if they might benefit from switching to an accounting software.

Not-for-profit organization supporting rural population

Accommodation provided
Siem Reap, Cambodia

3-8 weeks

Our partner is passionately supporting the rural Cambodian population in order to improve their living conditions by focusing in four core areas: water and sanitation, sustainable construction, education and agriculture.

 

You will be assisting with the year-end procedures, preparing them for the end of year audit and helping to review and finalise the 2020 budget. You will be reviewing their Financial Procedures manual and their compliance with it. You will also support their ongoing fundraising with budget creation for the proposals being submitted. Our partner also suggested that you help to build finance and project KPIs and train the staff in their presentation skills, both for finance and the broader organisational information.