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Social Enterprise promoting quality early childhood care [586]

Flights covered. Accommodation or Stipend provided
Nairobi, Kenya

1-2 months

Our partner works with small day-care businesses servicing marginalised and low-income families in Nairobi, and aims to install an environment that is safe and affordable. They require support in effectively managing their microloan system.

You will begin with a review of their accounting systems, procedures and controls, making recommendations for best practice, taking into account the capacity and resources of the team. They recently received the support of a pro bono consultant who focused on operational systems and strategy. He spent a couple of days installing a simple finance management system but this was not his area of expertise and you will be required to review and further develop this work.

In addition, you will be creating the platform and policies to manage the microloan system provided for the day-care providers as their current system is not fit for purpose. You will be helping to create a simple, user friendly system with a clear reporting dashboard.

NGO providing therapy to children with special needs

Accommodation provided
Fort Portal, Uganda

4-8 weeks

Our partner provides high quality, specialised and affordable physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to children with disabilities and special needs. They also provide training, education and support to families, carers and communities on caring for children and young adults with special needs through rehabilitation and vocational training.

 

You will begin with a review of their existing financial procedures, systems and controls. You will be making recommendations for best practice, appropriate to their resources and capacity. They started using QuickBooks online but employees have received little training on it. They would like to learn how to utilise its functions on stock and inventory. They would also like to start producing financial monthly reporting, including budget vs actual and donor reporting. You may also provide some coaching to the Finance Manager to boost his skills and help to streamline his work.

 

Organization improving livelihoods of local beekepers

Accommodation provided
Kigoma, Tanzania

2-3 months

Our partner work with local beekeepers who are using traditional methods, to improve their livelihoods and link them to higher value export markets. They buy and process various honey and wax based products which they then sell overseas.

 

Our partner would like you to do a new internal review of their current procedures, controls and systems and make recommendations for best practice. This will involve reviewing their use of Xero. You will be continuing to train local staff in Tanzania on any changes implemented.

There may also be scope to work with a partner of theirs, which they share an office with. They would benefit from a review and advice on best practice as well, if time permits.

NGO empowering women and girls to manage their own reproductive health

Stipend Provided
Nairobi, Kenya

3-6 months

Our partner educates and empowers women and girls to manage their own reproductive health. In Kenya they produce and sell sanitary products, disseminate key health education, and lead on advocacy and research efforts to enact change. They aim to help girls transition safely through adolescence with the right to make informed decisions about their own health.

 

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial systems, procedures and controls, making recommendations for best practice. You will also be reviewing and advising on the finance staffing structure and job allocation. They have requested support to help them scale up in a sustainable way, to make sure they have the right systems and structures that will enable them to reach their strategic goals. Our partner is in the process of separating non-profit and for-profit operations into different legal entities. You will be assisting with their readiness for this transition.

Their current SOPs need closer evaluation and improvement, in particular the supply chain logistics and controls; IT systems; sales reporting; non-profit reporting; board reporting; business modelling for impact investors; and cashflow management and monitoring.

Charitable Trust providing equal opportunities to young people

Stipend Provided
Bangalore, India

3 months+

Our partner is a Charitable Trust committed to providing equal opportunities to all young people regardless of background. Their primary beneficiary are those from disadvantaged backgrounds. They offer mentoring to empower and equip youth with life skills and to prepare them for higher education.

 

You will begin with a financial health check of their procedures, systems and controls. You will be reviewing their financial sustainability and will be making recommendations for best practice, starting to implement these and providing training as needed. They are looking to create a financial plan for the next 10 years and would like you to take a leading role on this.

You will also be assisting with the new model they are developing which will support and advise a network of NGOs who want to deliver mentoring programmes. This model will engage their knowledge, experience, technology, training and curriculum. They need your help to cost and plan this new programme.

NGO helping children and families affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty

Accommodation & Visa
Bagamoyo, Tanzania

4-6 weeks

Our partner helps children and families affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty, providing educational, social and psychosocial support and through it changing lives.

 

You will begin with an internal review of their accounting procedures, systems and controls, making recommendations for best practice while taking into account the local context, needs, capacity and resources of the local team. You will start implementing the recommendations, in order of priority as decided together with the team, while also providing training to staff.

There are 2 sets of accounts - one for the farm and children’s home and another for the school - both managed by the same person, who is using Excel and would benefit from the review, training and further recommendations of a qualified and experienced accountant, to streamline the processes and make it more efficient. Our partner has also requested your support on budgeting.

You will also be working with their bookkeeper who has been helping our partner remotely by managing the QuickBooks account. Her current activities throughout the year cover: reconciling Bank Statements, reconciling Accounts Receivable, updating sponsorship records, preparing the Annual Budget for 2019, communication and following up on outstanding payments. She would benefit from your support in streamlining the accounts and further training in QuickBooks and budgeting. 

Organization preserving indigenous culture, history and heritage

Accommodation
Dangriga, Belize

8 weeks

Our partner preserves the culture, history and heritage of the Garifuna people (Garinagu), indigenous to Belize and Central America. They advocate for their rights and opportunities and promote inter-racial harmony within Belize. 

 

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial procedures, systems and controls. You will be making recommendations for best practice that are appropriate to the resources and capacity of the team, starting to implement some of these and providing training so staff can maintain the changes. You will also be creating a financial procedures manual to accurately document their new system. They are submitting their documents for the 2018 audit at the end of May and have outstanding changes to implement form the 2017 audit report.

Their Office Manager is keeping basic records on excel and QuickBooks which are sent to an external accountant for preparation. The President has an accounting background but does not have the time to spend on finance, she has given some training to the Office Manager but he will benefit from further coaching to build his capacity. You will also be working with the Treasurer who works part time.

Social enterprise supporting entrepreneurs in Asia

Affordable Accommodation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

4-6 weeks

Our partner is social enterprise supporting entrepreneurs in Asia, they want to facilitate the flow of capitol to social organisations to help them scale up their social and environmental impact. Their beneficiaries are organisations operating in South East Asia who are providing access to clean energy, clean water and improved sanitation for the benefit of low income and marginalised communities.

 

Our partner has been through recent staff changes in the last year, including the departure of their Finance Director and Finance Officer. There is currently one member of staff managing their finance function and they are actively recruiting to rebuild the team. The current Executive Director has also newly joined: she comes from a more traditional banking background and since arriving has identified many gaps and weaknesses in their systems.

You will be beginning with an financial health check, reviewing current procedures, controls and systems and making recommendations for best practice. They would also like to migrate to QuickBooks online which they feel would improve efficiency and reduce manual input and financial risk.

NGO supporting small organizations in growing social impact

Affordable Accommodation
Bogota, Colombia

2-4 weeks

Our partner is a social, environmental and financial value measurement and management organization whose mission is to support organizations in identifying, measuring and managing the total value of their activities and portfolio through meaningful collaboration and trustworthy, rigorous analysis. They help other organizations to understand, systematize, and integrate social value metrics into operations, to maximize their impact and receive the highest social return for their investment.

 

You will start with an internal review of their accounting procedures and controls, you will make and start to implement your recommendations for best practice. The organization is still on their early phase and asked our support to make sure they have a solid base in procedures, controls and systems, as they prepare to expand their programmes and receive bigger investments.

They would like the volunteer to support them in setting up the organizational accounting practices for: project management, multiple account management, taxes and reporting; create project management accounting templates; financial management protocols, and provide training for administrative and project management staff. This is a good role to provide experience in social enterprises and setting up accounting procedures from basics, which will also give the volunteer exposure to the NGO and business market in Colombia through their clients. The team is young and dynamic, and would require someone comfortable with working independently and have initiative.

Start-up social enterprise working with local agri-businesses

Visa covered & affordable accommodation
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

1 Month

Our partner is a start-up social enterprise that works with local agri-businesses to scale, increase quality, and access international markets. They procure team, cinnamon, and other spices and herbs from organic and fair-trade farms in Tanzania; these are then taken to a small factor in Dar es Salaam, where they are processed and packaged and sold in-country.

 

At present, our partner has a really simple Excel-based system recording all their receipts and payments, and a simple organisational budget which is monitored in a basic fashion on a monthly basis. They are seeking a volunteer to set up a professional accounting system and develop their financial procedures. 

Our parter would like support on financial management and strategy. As a young business, they want to ensure that they have developed tools to be able to easily monitor their cashflow, and their expenditure in relation to their budgets. Moreover, they would like support in reviewing and advising them on the medium- to long-term business and financial plans for domestic and export expansion, and support them in developing a strategy for raising funds, both through grants as well as investment.

NGO engaging young people through education

Affordable Accommodation
Siem Reap, Cambodia

3-6 weeks

Our partner supports local entrepreneurs setting up businesses in the field of education. They aim to empower individuals and organisations to take responsibility for themselves and their futures, their families and their goals. They are engaging young people through education.

 

Our partner has 8 learning centres providing core classes in English and IT and additional key academic and life skills: this activity brings in income for the centres. Our partner would now like to diversify their income sources further, establishing further programmes to become self-sufficient and independent.

You will be supporting the Country Manager and Program Support Officer, neither of whom has a financial background. You will begin with an internal review of their existing accounting procedures, system and controls across the different centres and head office, which is located next to their Siem Reap learning centre. You will be assessing the resources and capacity of the team and making and implementing the appropriate recommendations for best practice.

They are currently using a simple excel-base system to record income and expenditure. The Country Manager feels the tools and procedures used across the centres can be streamlined and made more uniform. You will be providing training and clear documentation for any new procedures or tools developed to ensure sustainability. You will be designing a system which can later be rolled out to the other and future learning centres in Cambodia.

Not-for-profit organization providing solar lighting systems

Accommodation & Food
Iganga, Uganda

2 Weeks

Our partner brings affordable home solar lighting systems to particularly marginalized off-grid rural communities in East Africa in a sustainable, replicable and scalable model with full local ownership and accountability, and measurable impact.

 

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.

The team will benefit from training to improve their recording and management of accounts. They are currently using Excel and there is scope for you to evaluate if they can improve the functionality of their current system or would be advised to move to a different financial software.

⭐NGO helping communities to benefit from natural resources [585]⭐

Accommodation & Visa
Monrovia, Liberia

2 - 5 Months

Our partner has been influential in transforming how natural resources are managed, and benefits from these are shared with local communities in Liberia. They are undergoing a huge change in their organisational structure, and are seeking an experienced and dynamic pro bono accountant to support them in building and strengthening their control environment, developing financial management tools, and building the capacity of the finance team.

 

Your role will be to:

  • Review the control environment, accounting & financial management processes, specifically developing procedures to enable them to easily collect supporting documents from their field offices.
  • Review the responsibilities of the finance staff, ensuring that there is a clear segregation of duties and processes are streamlined, so that there is no duplication of work and staff time is used efficiently.
  • Develop financial management tools, including an organisational budget, budget monitoring and reporting tools.
  • Offer further training to all staff Quickbooks and support them in making the most of the software.

Given all the changes in the organisation and the broad scope of work, it will be an interesting time to join the organisation, and really make an impact. Whilst the structure is being changed, this placement will require patience and especially at the initial stages gaining trust and cultivating positive working relationships with the staff. Our partner gets funding from a number of donors (including institutional donors), and therefore this will be an excellent opportunity for an adventurous accountant considering transitioning into the not for profit sector.

Organisation building affordable homes and improving life quality

Accommodation Provided
Freetown, Sierra Leone

2 weeks

This organisation works 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.

 

They are keen to receive the support as soon as possible to complete training on Xero so the system can be rolled out fully. You will also be reviewing their progress with the cash management procedures and daily bookkeeping, ensuring they are keeping up to date and providing further training as necessary.

Our partner has also requested support reviewing their cost allocation, profitability and financial procedures. Staff working have varying levels of education and procedures need to be user friendly to reflect this.

Not-for-profit organization training beekepers

Accommodation provided
Jian Tang Town, China

1 month

Our partner provides training for small family farmers on beekeeping techniques, queen bee rearing, and safe and clean honey extraction. The farmers are then provided assistance with bottling and selling the honey. They currently only sell the honey locally, but the co-founders aim to bring it to an international market within Asia in the near future.

 

You will:

  • Review and build a sound accounting system, looking at strengthening controls, ensuring there is proper cash management (including setting up cash and bank reconciliations). Part of this would also entail assessing the Excel sheets, and review whether they should move back to using Quickbooks. For both, help them develop a chart of accounts, and proper classification of income and expenses.
  • Support in building financial management tools – organisational budget, monthly management accounts, cash position and cashflow forecast.

This is really well-rounded placement offering an individual the opportunity to develop accounting controls & processes. Please note, that as the organisation is establishing its operations, it is working as a start-up organisation and will require the volunteer to be independent, hands on and able to really understand the context in which the organisation is operating when establishing an accounting & financial management system.