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Organisation empowering communities through technology

Arusha, Tanzania

2.5 - 3 months

This organisation aims to empower people to design and make technology solutions to community challenges.
 

They encourage creative problem solving, collaboration and a sharing of knowledge. To achieve this they use a three-pronged approach:

  • Teach: they run design and creativity workshops in secondary schools and local community
  • Make: they develop their own innovative technologies to better people’s lives. Their main project at the moment is an affordable drip irrigation kit made for families growing small scale crops and vegetable gardens, using locally sourced and low cost materials. Their focus is on improving health and livelihoods, saving time and money for their beneficiaries.
  • Support: they provide a space for local innovators to develop their products as well as mentorship and exposure to local markets.

Your brief

You will be the organisation’s second volunteer. The Executive Director has requested support in 2018 to review their progress since the first volunteer’s placement therefore you will be running an internal review of their systems, procedures and controls. You will be continuing from where the first volunteer finished and will be making recommendations for best practice. They would also like help with cash management and cashflow forecasting; budget preparation and analysis; financial planning and strategy; and coaching and mentoring the new bookkeeper.

Accommodation and other information

The organisation will be unable to cover any of your costs due to budget constraints. Please note that you will need to get a Business Permit Visa which is $250 (lasting 3 months). 

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.

Organisation supporting communities affected by HIV/Aids

Zambia

4 Weeks

This organisation works to improve the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS, serving a district in the Lusaka province in Zambia.

This area has been hard hit by an HIV/AIDS pandemic and is populated by many low income households therefore the organisation focus on prevention measures, raising awareness of the risks and care for those infected.

Their Community HIV Prevention Programme works to eliminate transmission of the disease from mothers to children, provides counselling and testing services and nutritional support and distributes condoms and awareness packages.

The Community Women’s Health and Rights Programme improves access to information on sexual reproductive health rights, runs community advocacy meetings and lobbies policy makers and community stakeholders.

In addition they run a Community Education Support Programme which supports orphans and vulnerable children and aims to keep girls in school to reduce risk of early pregnancy.

You role

You will begin by conducting an internal review of their current systems, procedures and controls, similar to an internal audit is to give us an up to date picture of their current capacity and needs. You will be making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice and ensuring their financial systems are supporting their new size.

As the first volunteer, the placement will require some flexibility and sensitivity on your part as your assignment will provide us with accurate financial information about them as well as identify the scope of work for subsequent AfID assignments.

They would like to start introducing some more analysis to their procedures, to measure their growth and performance. The Finance Manager has identified Microsoft Access for this and would like to learn more about it as they are currently using Pastel and Excel.

You will be helping review what is the best system to use and providing training as necessary. He has also requested help with cash management cash flow forecasting, internal and donor reporting, financial planning and strategy and reviewing and developing local income generating activities. If timing works out they are also planning an external audit at end February/ early March which you can help them to prepare for.

This is large scope of work, please note that you are not expected to address it all. You will be prioritising based on your internal review, anything remaining can be put forward as a recommendation for the next AfID volunteer to continue with.

Accommodation and other information

The organisation are unable to cover the cost of your accommodation but can help recommend suitable guesthouse options nearby.

 

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.

Organisation Empowering Rural Communities through Technology

Visa Provided
Arusha, Tanzania

2-3 months

This social enterprise aims to inspire and empower Africans to give back to their rural communities through innovative appropriate technology and uplift people from poverty.

They have three products encouraging local entrepreneurship: the Nanofilter water filter designed by the co-founder with water stations, bio-gas systems based on cow-dung and solar lanterns which they provide to school children in rural villages in the Arusha area.

The enterprise was started as a family entity in 2014 and since, they have gone on to replicate in other areas around Arusha. They setup a water filter system, small computer lab and media centre with TV and internet and have just opened another office in Arusha city after obtaining some grant from UNDP.

Your role

They have been growing steadily and recently won a DfID grant of £350,000 for establishing water stations in Arusha. The company is now scaling up and they have patented their filter. They need the support of a volunteer to undertake an internal assessment of their accounting processes & controls ensuring that the accounting systems are set up appropriately.

There is a CEO and Finance Manager, a Finance & Admin Assistant and another member of staff managing procurement. The CEO and Finance Manager would like support in training and mentoring the team which would include the new recruit if they arrive before or during the placement. They are a young finance team who are willing to learn and very motivated but quite inexperienced.

They are using both QuickBooks for general accounting and Loan Performer for the biogas project. They also need support with the new donor requirements that have come with the recent DfID donation.

Accommodation and other information

The will cover the cost of the business visa ($250 USD) but cannot unfortunately offer accommodation. They will help you find a suitable option based on your budget and preferences.

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.

Organisation Supporting Rural Communities

Accommodation & lunch provided
Cambodia

2 weeks

This organisation was set up to support a rural Cambodian village in ensuring people are emotionally and financially secure enough to remain within educated and supported families.

The organisation have built a school in the village, some housing and installed water filters to protect from typhoid. The government has agreed to pay for half of two teachers' salaries in the school, and the organisation is hoping to pay the other half plus full salaries for four more teachers. In order to pay for this, they have set up various income-generating activities and enterprises.

Their main enterprise is a restaurant in Phnom Penh and they hope to make a significant revenue to pay for the teachers in the village. They also have sewing and bracelet making projects, working with women in marginal areas of Phnom Penh, training them and allowing them to make their own income.

Your role

As the third AfID volunteer, sometime after the last placement, you will be reviewing their progress and conducting an updated needs assessment. As a de facto first volunteer one of your main responsibilities will also be to 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 have requested support reviewing their books for 2015-17 and uou will be making and implementing recommendations for best practice and providing training as needed to the café staff.

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.

Organisation supporting Deprived Communities

Ghana

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.

Organisation Supporting Marginalised Communities

Accommodation & food provided
India

3 months

This foundation has created an inclusive, self-sustaining eco-village which provides a safe environment to enable marginalised people and those with intellectual disabilities to reach their full potential regardless of disability, race and gender.

There are three elements to the foundation including:

  • A school providing specialist education and training for children with intellectual disabilities
  • A centre providing training which can help empower people with intellectual disabilities to lead dignified and independent lives. They are currently learning to make products such as door mats, candles, incense sticks, greeting cards and paper bags.
  • A village where adults with intellectual disabilities can live and work on the village farm, learning skills that can give them independence and self-sufficiency. They follow a 3 year curriculum, learning daily/life skills in year 1, farming skills in year 2 and they find internships in nearby farms in their 3rd year. After the 3 years, they return to their families, find employment or if they prefer they can stay.

The first AfID volunteer helped set up a basic accounting system on Tally, training staff on how to use it and producing a procedures manual. They ran through basic month end procedures and implemented stronger cash controls.

Your role

You will be the second volunteer at this foundation and they are currently expanding their operations, attracting more donors and introducing new projects all the time and need to increase their financial management capacity to support this. You will be reviewing their progress with the previous volunteers’ recommendations and implementations and continuing from where they left off.

The foundation has requested support with their new projects, creating business plans and advising on strategy. While the previous volunteer was at the foundation, they started a new dairy farm project which is an income generating project and provides farming teaching for students. They have 2 more similar projects beginning this year. In addition, they would also like to receive further training on budget creation for the foundation and its individual projects.

Accommodation and other information

Accommodation is available on site in their volunteer house and there is one room which is a solo room which our previous volunteer stayed in so depending on availability, we can request this for you. They can also provide communal meals but there is a kitchen you can use too.

The village is about 30Km (1 hour) from Pondicherry and because of its rural location there are no other accommodation options nearby. The bus to Pondicherry runs regularly, every 10-15 minutes. It will be a truly immersive experience in a welcoming and vibrant community. Our previous volunteer enjoyed working with the owner, who is tireless in his commitment and drive and it is dynamic project to be involved with.

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.

Organisation promoting sustainable development [150]

Accommodation, flights, visa and food is provided.
Madagascar

4-6 Months

This project has been created to help both indigenous people and the international community better understand the value of conservation in Madagascar and around the world through research, training and education.

It encourages responsible use of natural resources in order to promote sustainable development in Madagascar. They provide local villagers with the knowledge and tools to improve the quality of life through projects focused on sanitation, diet, and education, and ultimately reduce poverty in the area. They also promote research and runs a research station which focuses on biodiversity and health. Their education and outreach focuses on reforestation, biodiversity conservation and improved health and hygiene.

They have a finance team of 2 who are competent but would benefit from further training and mentoring. Our first placement was in early 2017 and the volunteer supported them in a range of different areas including reviewing and improving their financial procedures, creating a budget and cash flow forecast for 2017, improving financial management reporting and training finance staff in basic finance management and QuickBooks.

Your role

You will reviewing their progress since the end of the previous placement and continuing from where they finished. You will be required to focus on a range of areas including:

  • Business performance analysis and analysis of the most profitable income generating activities;
  • Analysis on the impact of certain grants ending on their operations and financials;
  • Review and propose a new structure of classes in QuickBooks;
  • Provide further training to Finance staff especially on financial management, performance analysis and trend analysis;
  • Work to design a clear line of communication between different departments for matters relating to finance and grant management;
  • Assist with co-ordinating interim non-statutory external audit;
  • Suggest improvements in other areas such as invoice tracking, salary reimbursements related to grants; management of grants, etc.

This will be an interesting opportunity for someone looking for an experience ‘off the beaten track’. Their work is quite unusual because they are researching the link between people and the environment, working to protect and preserve both the local environment and people’s livelihoods.

Accommodation and other information

Accommodation is available free of charge in a dormitory in the research centre and will be shared with researchers and other visitors. There is a private room and ensuite which may be available too. There is also the potential of a homestay option in the local community. Full board is covered at the research centre.

The organisation will also cover the cost of your flights and visa.

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.

Organisation supporting Disadvantaged Communities of India

Accommodation & food provided
India

1-2 months

This organisation aims to foster sustainable development and long term solutions to the disadvantaged communities of India through soccer.

Started in the late 1990’s, the idea was born from seeing two young boys playing with a broken bucket in the rain. The sheer joy they got from kicking this old bucket between them highlighted the benefits of sport and inspired the founder to gift a football to a few of the slums in the surrounding areas. He returned a few weeks later to arrange an informal tournament and the organisation grew from there.

Two of the founding philosophies of Slum Soccer are centred around “Football is fun!” and “Football for All”; using 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.

Today they have two main offices in Nagpur and Chennai and operate over 9 cities in multiple locations across India. They have four core programmes involving promoting health living, coach training, developing talent and working with local schools to use football to teach curriculum subjects.

In addition they work with many partners and donors, running individual community engagement projects.

Your role

The organisation are feeling more confident in their day-to-day accounting since our first volunteer left in 2016 and they have since decided to switch to using Tally software instead of QuickBooks. This programme is more widely used in India and staff feel more comfortable with it.

As the second volunteer you will be reviewing their progress since the last placement and continuing to develop their procedures and financial management, providing further training and documentation as needed. The previous volunteer suggested support with strategic planning and project proposal writing and you will also be reviewing their use of Tally and suggesting any necessary improvements.

The owner would like to establish a strong system in the main Nagpur office which can then be rolled out in their other field offices and so far have made good progress, introducing more junior and mid-level management. If time permits you will be helping to roll this structure, as well as job delegation and working culture in their other sites such as Chennai and Mumbai therefore this role will require travel.

The organisation are looking to take advantage of large international interest they are attracting from various donors. You will be responsible for helping to establish a robust and consistent financial procedure which will be able to aid this growth sustainably.

You will need to be comfortable working independently, with initiative and with persistence.

Accommodation and other information

Guest accommodation is available at the organisation and all meals will be provided free of charge. The centre is located outside of Nagpur city centre and transport into the city is limited. Staff are very helpful though and there are other staff and volunteer living on site. They can also provide accommodation in Chennai but not in Mumbai however the organisation will cover the cost of transport to other sites and can advise on accommodation options where they are unable to provide it.

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.

Organisation Supporting Victims of Sex Trafficking

Laos

2-3 weeks

This organisation supports women and girls who have been part of the human trafficking trade, or victims of sexual exploitation.

The organisation was originally founded in France and they aim to restore the security and rights of victims who were tricked into the sex industry in Thailand under false pretences of fruitful employment. The girls come from poor families and often leave school for this promise of employment.

The girls who are arrested and sent back to Laos are given the choice to go to this shelter where they can complete their schooling and learn skills for future employment in the local community. In the centres they provide medical and psychological assistance to the women, as well as education and vocational training to eventually help them reintegrate into society. They run social enterprises, a beauty salon, restaurant and tailoring shop which are used for training the women in a vocational skill and helping them to earn an income.

The organisation has gone through a recent major overhaul and have rebranded in the hope of generating fresh funding. The accountant was unable to relocate to where their new offices have recently moved to and so the responsibility of the finance function is currently being split by a number of employees within the organisation.

Your role
You would be the fifth AfID volunteer at the organisation and would be responsible for reviewing the progress the shelter has made since their last volunteer left and providing further training as well as suggestions from improvements as necessary. The organisation have also requested support preparing for an external audit which they would like to organise for March 2018.

They are preparing to register as a local Non-Profit Association and would like to make sure everything is prepared and in order for this.

They are still having some issues using QuickBooks and would like further assistance with this as well as support with budget creation and putting monitoring tools in place. The organisation would also like you to review and suggest improvement to financial procedures for their social enterprise businesses they run too.

Accommodation and other information

There are guesthouse options and the organisation can help with recommendations. The centre is about 15 minutes outside the main town by car or public transport and they are also able to advise on transport options.

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.

Organisation supporting families with HIV/Aids

Malawi

4 Weeks+

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.

Accommodation and other information

Accommodation is offered at a lodge for $105 per week but they can help you find options suitable to your preferences and budget. The organization is in Blantyre, known as Malawi’s centre of finance and commerce and is the second largest city in the country, often referred to as the commercial capital of Malawi.

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.

Organisation providing quality education for young children

Accommodation Provided
Kenya

2-4 weeks

This organisation focuses on provision of early childhood education and development, aiming to be a centre of excellence providing quality education and holistic development to children facing diversity.

They strive to create a conducive environment for students from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds, who have disabilities and impairments and who struggle with core subjects. Those who are not adequately supported in mainstream schooling. As well as providing core education, the organisation also delivers counselling, mentorship and opportunities for personal development. They want to remove the barriers facing these children, encouraging and enabling them to have independence. The founder is himself blind and so has experienced first-hand what it is to be side-lined from society, inspiring him to change this for the next generation.

The organisation was opened in 2012 and currently has 6 staff and about 20 students enrolled. They are small and gradually expanding with each year. Parents pay small fees where they can afford and otherwise they rely heavily on donations.

Your role

You will be the first volunteer at this organisation and as such 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. They do not have an accountant and so you will be working with the founder and one of the teachers to establish a basic and appropriate bookkeeping and finance management system. The founder has also requested support with financial reporting, budgeting and procurement. We are offering you this role because of your interest in working with children and a rural location and your extensive accounting and charity experience.

Accommodation & other information

They can provide a homestay free from charge. Alternatively, if you prefer there are hotel options available which they can advise on.

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.

Organisation empowering women in agriculture

Accommodation Provided
Ghana

1 month+

This organisation is a social enterprise working with young women graduates and agricultural entrepreneurs (Agripreneurs).

They want to rebrand small hold farming as a business and empower young women to challenge the status quo and run their own successful agri-businesses.

The organisation was founded in 2014 and registered as a social enterprise the following year. They provide the skills and funding for women to break into the agricultural sector, thrive as business owners and earn a sustainable livelihood.

They have 3 main projects:

  • Their flagship 6 month residential training programme for the Agripreneurs including mentors from different countries and businesses and access to internships.
  • A permaculture project on their farm which promotes healthy living and sustainable farming. It is a functioning farm that people can visit to see farming techniques in practice.
  • A club set up in education institutions to promote agricultural sector and career opportunities within it.

They also run an annual Women’s business forum with a constant online presence to encourage and promote the sector.

Your role
You will be the first AfID volunteer supporting this organisation. They do not currently have a finance team or formal accounting experience. They currently have a simple bookkeeping system with a petty cash book and bank statements. You will be working with the Founder, Project Lead and a donor who is helping with their internal finance structures. As the first AfID volunteer you will be conducting an internal review (akin to an internal audit) of their existing systems, procedures and controls. You will be making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice based on your needs assessment.

They would like you to help build them user friendly finance procedures so that they can take over responsibility for their own accounting and provide staff training as necessary.

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.

Organisation caring for orphaned and abandoned children

Accommodation & Flights provided
Uganda

4-12 weeks

These organisations provide around the clock care, clothing, food and shelter for orphaned and abandoned babies and children in Uganda.

The babies’ home provides care for up to 30 orphaned and abandoned babies and children from 0 to 6 years of age. The home also manages a bee keeping and honey resale business with the aim of helping them become more sustainable.

The children’s home cares for up to 65 orphaned and abandoned children aged between 5 and 17 years. All children attend primary school and some of the older children are supported in higher education and vocational courses to aid them in seeking employment when they leave the home. Both homes have income generating activities – the babies’ home manages a bee-keeping and honey resale business, and the children’s home manages a farm, piggery, grinding mill and small shop in their town.

The homes were introduced to AfID by an international refugee charity based in the UK, which funds projects for refugees and internally displaced people.

Your role

You will be the fourth AfID volunteer on placement at the two homes. The last volunteer went on placement there in 2012 so it has been some time since they have received the support of a pro bono accountant. The organisation got in touch with us because they feel that the homes will benefit from the support of a pro bono accountant to review their accounting & financial management systems, with a focus on helping them making their day-to-day accounting processes more efficient. In addition to undertaking this review and making & implementing recommendations, your role will also be to assist them in assessing the homes’ operations & organisational strategy so that they are more sustainable. You will also research, develop and review due diligence requirements and policy documents for both organisations.

In terms of accounting:

The children's home is a complex organisation, combining running costs + income generating projects (aimed to enable it to ultimately run itself). The first two AfID volunteers there set up many financial controls and helped tidy their reporting; and started off assessing the profitability of the income generating projects. The third volunteer focussed on mentoring the accountant, and supporting them in: loan accounting, cash management, inventory management, accounting for new funding and the income-generating projects. The babies' home is less complex as the main work (financial) is in regard to managing the running costs of the organisation.

The UK-based refugee charity have offered to cover the cost of one return flight from the UK to Uganda and accommodation in the homes. As this is a role where your flight & accommodation will be covered, it will incur a surcharge of £400, please see details of this here: . The organisation would like to interview interested volunteers before confirming the placement.

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.

Sustainability focused enterprise developing nutritious foods

Accommodation and food provided
Colombia

2- 3 Weeks

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, etc
  • 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.

Your role
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.

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.

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 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.

Accommodation and other information
Accommodation is offered free of charge with the general manager and their family. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided free of charge.
Sopo is an hour away from Bogota not very known to people outside Colombia. It will be an immersive experience into Colombian culture.

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.

Organisation empowering rural communities through education

Homestay Available
Uganda

1-2 months

This organisation support and empower rural communities through education and livelihood improvement programmes.

Their model is to respond to the needs of the communities who inform them of the specific issues they are facing and programmes are then structured around these discussions. They are working with 20 villages mounting to around 2000 people of all ages. This is their current list of projects:

  • Street Business School - supporting the less privileged communities and small start-up enterprises
  • Primary school - which provides free education to orphaned and other vulnerable children.
  • Rural Entrepreneurship Agricultural Challenge - helping rural farmers understand the best ways to improve agricultural production. Food grown here goes towards meals in the primary school.
  • SACCO - (Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisation) providing access to small loans to bring economic opportunities

This organisation was founded to include a new, better managed SACCO and primary school to provide support to adults and children in the community. They are seeking support and training with the programmes and school staff.

Your role

You will be the first AfID volunteer and will be conducting an internal review of their systems, policies and controls. You will be making recommendations for best practice and helping to install a robust and effective system. You will be providing staff training as necessary, based on your implementations. They are a growing organisation with multiple projects and are seeking a better system to track and monitor project and organisation-wide finances. They also need support presenting financial information in funding proposals to support this growth.

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.

Accommodation and other information

In terms of accommodation, the organisation have suggested a local homestay, for which there would be a cost to cover bed and board. Alternatively there are hotel options available.

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