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Organisation safeguarding cheetah population

Accommodation provided
Gaborone, Botswana

4-6 weeks

Our partner works with local communities and government to safeguard Botswana’s cheetah population through scientific research and education. They require support in preparing for an external audit.

At present, they are running four broad programmes: Scientific Research; monitoring and collecting data on cheetah populations, and on carnivore conflict. Farming and Conservation; working with local farmers to support them in improving their livelihoods while protecting the cheetah population. Communities for Conservation; working with communities to explore and pilot small scale businesses as alternate sources of income. Education and Awareness; facilitating immersive workshops for school children and teachers.

They feel that they are managing their day-to-day accounting quite well, assisted through support from previous AfID volunteers, and have requested specific support in preparing for an external audit. Your role would be to review their controls, systems & processes and support them in implementing recommendations from their last audit before preparing them for the 2020 audit.

This is a well-structured assignment, with specific and clearly defined goals, with a unique organisation addressing threats to the long-term survival of the national cheetah population.

Global NGO providing health interventions to marginalised people [592]

Flights, Accommodation and Stipend provided
Vientiane, Laos

8+ weeks

Our partner provides health interventions to marginalised people, with their work focused on malaria prevention and treatment within border territories. They have requested support to strengthen and improve their financial management system.

The organisation runs four main projects: reducing the malaria burden and impact of multi-drug resistance; malaria elimination through community focussed interventions; cross-border response for overlooked and stigmatised populations in Laos and Cambodia; and increased resilience and improved food and nutrition security for vulnerable communities.

Your role will be to conduct an internal review of their existing financial systems, procedures and controls and making recommendations for best practice, appropriate to the context and capacity of the team. Our partner has been developing accounting procedures and controls over time and while they feel these are working well, they are still concerned that considerable risks remain.

This is a wide-reaching role, also including reviewing their use of QuickBooks and the flow of financial management information, which will see the volunteer work closely with the local finance team as well as the Country Director and the Head of Programmes for Asia.

NGO using sport to support marginalised youth

Accommodation, Visa and Stipend provided
Tacloban City, Philippines

3-5 weeks

Our partner uses sport as a tool to provide pathways for marginalised youth to break from the cycle of intergenerational poverty and dependence. They require support in preparing their end of year financial statements.

Their flagship programme, set up in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2014 initially as a play therapy intervention providing support to survivor children, has now evolved into a holistic, community-based education programme which aligns children's passion for play and encourages commitment to pursue education.

They have requested volunteer support in preparing their end of year financial statements. They do have an external accountant who normally manage this process and this year are working with a new accountancy firm. They have requested support to ensure the new arrangement is working well and that they are following procedures accurately.

A practical and well-defined assignment, while also offering the opportunity to train and build the capacity of the local finance team.

Social Enterprise supporting smallholder farmers [591]

Flights and Accommodation provided
Hyderabad, India

4-6 weeks

Our partner is an innovative social enterprise, using technology to bring sustainable incomes and choice to the life of smallholder farmers. They require a volunteer to provide advice and guidance to their small finance team.

The organisation provides farmers with an integrated climate resilient farm solution called ‘Greenhouse-in-a-box’ – an affordable, modular greenhouse and drip system that uses 90% less water. Alongside this they also provide a small loans service to enable them to purchase the greenhouse, advisors to support the farmers both in the field and using mobile technology and market access by linking them to retail partners who buy produce directly.

Your role would be to review their control environment, systems and processes, bearing in mind their decentralised operations, and support them in tightening controls and improving the flow and quality of information that is received. They do not have sufficient financial management tools, specifically around cash management and cashflow, and would benefit from support in developing and training the local staff in these.

This assignment would particularly suit an experienced, commercially astute volunteer.

Child protection charity empowering families

Affordable accommodation
Battambang, Cambodia

2-4 weeks

Our partner uses a community-led model of child protection that empowers families and enables them to provide children with opportunities to reach their potential. They are in need of a volunteer to provide training to their new finance team.

Until 2013, the organisation ran a residential care institution for vulnerable and under-privileged children, but with increased research and evidence to show that children have better outcomes when living in a family environment they transitioned to a family-care model. They focus on prevention and strengthening work – they understand what barriers and challenges families face to keep children at home, and support them in addressing these challenges.

Your role will be to review their progress since they last received an AfID volunteer and provide further training as needed, particularly to their new accountant who has a limited understanding of accounting and finance. They would also like assistance in preparing for an upcoming external audit.

An excellent opportunity to make a lasting impact, and contribute towards the professional development of the local finance team.

NGO providing contraception in remote communities & urban slums [590]

Flights, Accommodation and Stipend provided
DRC, Africa

3-4 Weeks

Our partner helps women to have children by choice, not chance, by providing contraception and safe abortion to women in urban and rural communities across the world. They require support in preparing their annual financial statements.

Their programme in the DRC is their newest, offering services from late 2018. Almost 90% of Congolese women are unable to access any modern method, of contraception, and those who can are largely restricted to short-term methods such as condoms. Their team of mobile midwives and nurses provide services centred around Kinshasa, and the neighbouring province of Tshopo.

As a long-established INGO they do already have structures, procedures and systems in place, but are in need of a volunteer to provide targeted support in the areas of annual financial statement preparation, balance sheet schedules, and preparing for the annual audit. There is also the opportunity to provide additional training to the local finance team.

This assignment will offer excellent exposure to a volunteer seeking to explore the possibility of changing careers and transitioning into the international not for profit sector.

NGO providing access to quality healthcare and education

Accommodation and Stipend provided
Mwanza, Tanzania

2-3 weeks

Our partner provides access to quality healthcare and education for all, focussing on the rural communities of Mwanza. They require support in business planning as well as strengthening their existing financial procedures.

Their main health project is run through offering dental care to patients through their Dental Centre, which they hope can start generating enough income to fund other health initiatives. In a recent and ongoing donor funded projects they have provided pro bono dental care in orphanages and run dental health screening with young children in disadvantaged communities.

Your role will be to work with the Finance Director/Co-Founder and Finance manager in advising on the organisation sustainability and profitability, supporting with business planning as well as budget preparation and monitoring. They are also in need of a review of their existing financial procedures, systems and controls and recommendations for strengthening these for the future.

An exciting opportunity to work with the senior team of a highly ambitious organisation, and to help them in their drive to increase their reach and impact.

Wildlife crime prevention charity [589]

Flights, Accommodation & Lunch provided
Lilongwe, Malawi

3-4 weeks

Our partner's mission is to help Malawi's wild animals in need, combat wildlife crime and empower the guardians of the wild. They require guidance and support in their use of Sage Evolution.

The organisation has been growing in terms of employee numbers as well as receipt of international grants. In light of this they require support for their young finance team, specifically to ensure that they were well-equipped to deal with the administrative workload accompanying this growth and meeting the various grants compliance & reporting requirements.

Your role will begin with a review of their budget and grant tracking systems, before making recommendations on how to improve these. Once a suitable solution is found, your role will then be to implement this across the organisation and train staff in its use.

A great opportunity to gain exposure to complex donor reporting requirements, and to oversee a tangible project through from start to completion in just a few weeks.

Charity using theatre to empower vulnerable children

Affordable accommodation
Lusaka, Zambia

3-4 weeks

Our partner uses creative arts and theatre to offer orphans and abandoned children the opportunity to develop into physically healthy and socially capable young people. They require guidance on their budgeting and reporting processes.

They are a longstanding partner of AfID’s, however it has been some time since we last placed a volunteer with them. Their processes have become somewhat cumbersome and they require support in streamlining them.

Your role would be to firstly complete the reconciliation and policy review started by the previous AfID volunteer. They would also like your assistance with creating management reports, budgeting and forecasting templates and to provide training on these procedures.

This assignment requires a volunteer happy providing support on day-to-day accounting procedures, and with an eye for identifying opportunities to improve efficiency.

NGO engaging local communities in conserving national park

Accommodation provided
Kibale, Uganda

4-8 weeks

Our partner engages local communities and Ugandan youth in conserving the Kibale National Park and other wild areas. They require a volunteer to review their simple accounting system and provide some help and guidance to their accountant.

Founded initially as a link between a chimpanzee research project and the local community, the charity now works with several partners on critical issues for the survival of the forest and support of the local population. They have a broad range of programmes, ranging from conservation and sustainable energy, to education and literacy, and there is often the opportunity for volunteers to get involved with this work.

You will be following in the footsteps of seven previous AfID volunteers, and you will start by reviewing their current system, procedures and controls to ensure they are meeting compliance and best practice. Your training will focus on their use of QuickBooks (no prior experience required) and audit preparation work.

This assignment is very much about continuing the progress of previous volunteers, and your review and recommendations will ensure they maintain a strong and robust finance function.

NGO using sport and play to educate and empower children

Affordable accommodation
Jinja, Uganda

2-6 weeks

Our partner tackles poverty, conflict and disease by using sport and play to educate and empower young people. They require strategic guidance as they look to build the capacity of their finance function.

The use of sport for peace and development is well founded in the sector and our partner uses this powerful tool to affect positive social change and gender balance. You will be the first AfID volunteer to support them and as such will begin with an internal review of their current accounting procedures, systems and controls, taking into consideration the resources and capacity of the team.

You will be working primarily with the Executive Director and Finance & Admin Manager, as well as the Project Coordinators to review and improve their financial management processes. They require particular support in improving the communication between finance, management and programmes teams.

This assignment requires a volunteer comfortable providing 1:1 coaching to management teams, and advising on best practice.

Environmental NGO conserving water and biodiversity

Accommodation provided
San Marcos, Honduras

4-6 weeks

Our partner improves the quality of life of local communities through the protection and sustainable management of natural resources. They require support in establishing a commercial arm, to support their valuable work.

They have begun exploring the establishment of social enterprises whose profits are transferred to the NGO to cover its fixed costs, programs and projects. This process requires the modernisation of the organisation’s accounting system and finance function.

Your role will be to support them in adjusting and setting up their financial structure and system to meet this income-generating initiative, specifically in the areas of budgeting and business planning, assistance with implementation procedures, cash flow forecasting and cash management.

This assignment lends itself to a commercially astute volunteer, and offers an excellent opportunity to work with a small but very committed team, eager to learn and improve as they diversify their income streams.

Social Enterprise supporting small childcare businesses [586]

Flights and Accommodation 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.

Registered as a private company, they both advise and finance small businesses through low interest loans and building capacity in strategy, technology, field systems and operational reach.

They have recently engaged the services of a local consultant to build their microloans platform, and your role will be to review this new platform and ensure they have a user-friendly system with a clear reporting dashboard. You will provide training on what data to collect and how to use this for analysis and planning, and to inform business decisions.

Your role will also include installing a simple financial management system for integrating, managing and forecasting their work according to the various grants they are managing. An exciting and wide-ranging assignment for a commercially adept volunteer.

Organisation engaging young people through education

Affordable accommodation
Banarawela, Sri Lanka

2-3 weeks

Our partner works with local entrepreneurs to set up learning centres in disadvantaged and marginalised communities, which are then staffed and run by locals. They require support in creating a financial procedures manual.

They aim to empower individuals and organisations to take responsibility for themselves and their futures, their families and their goals. The organisation is due their next audit shortly, and require a volunteer to ensure they are prepared for this.

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial procedures, system and controls before making recommendations and implementing simple improvements. You will also be providing training on new procedures, tools and policies introduced as well as creating a financial procedures manual to ensure the learning is maintained within the organisation.

An excellent opportunity to work with a small, enthusiastic local finance team and to ensure they are well equipped with the tools they need to flourish.

International NGO working with vulnerable & orphaned children

Affordable accommodation
Kajiado West, Kenya

2 weeks

Our US based partner’s Kenyan operation provides orphaned children with shelter, food, clothes and access to healthcare and education. They require high-level strategic guidance as they build their internal finance and administrative structures.

The organisation runs a commercial farm which provides food for a children’s shelter and employment for some of the parents of the children they are supporting. They have an ambitious business development plan that will see them open a 2nd shelter, enabling them to support more children.

Working in collaboration with senior management staff, your role would be to make recommendations that will ensure they have robust systems that meet compliance and accountability needs, and enable them to report back to the Kenyan and US Boards effectively. They would also like you to advise on business and financial planning, to help them achieve their goal of the farm becoming financially sustainable in the future.

This partner would particularly benefit from a volunteer with experience in senior finance roles, who is comfortable operating in an advisory capacity at the strategic and Board level.