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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.

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.

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.

Volunteer accountant at social enterprise training STEM teachers

Accommodation provided
Accra, Ghana

1-2 months

Our partner is pioneering inquiry-based learning in Ghana. The organisation improves teacher capacity to teach in this method by providing practical training workshops to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teachers. In partnership with government education services and associations of science teachers our partner has trained more than 2,600 teachers.

 

You will start by reviewing their progress and providing further improvements, edits and training as needed. Our partner have requested further training for their permanent team and in particular have highlighted the following areas: budget creation, monitoring and analysis; preparing cashflow forecasts; completing and finalising the Procedures Manual; and improving their cash management procedures. You will also be coaching the Operations Director and CEO.

You will also be assessing the fit of the new accounting firm and the accounting software they have transitioned to, Wave.

NGO developing the leadership and collective power of women

Accommodation provided
Belize City, Belize

2-3 weeks

The purpose of our partner is to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve human rights, health, security, dignity, freedom, justice, and peace for all people.

Your role will focus specifically on reviewing and improving their use of QuickBooks and provide further training to the team as necessary. There is a need to change the existing chart of accounts, reviewing several opened accounts and coaching the team on how to draw reports, roll the budget and create a forecast from the data entered, to help the management take more informed strategic decisions.

⭐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 strengthening and supporting Cambodian families

Affordable Accommodation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

6 weeks

Our partner is a local NGO working to strengthen and support Cambodian families. Their work supports the safe reunification of children, previously in care, with their families.

 

Working with national, regional and local authorities, our partner is contributing to the de-institutionalisation process which has moved away from the traditional orphanages and foster care model to prioritise keeping families together wherever possible. They aim to promote healthy, safe lives and opportunities for Cambodian youth.

Our partner would like to invite an independent review and advice to develop and strengthen their finance function to ensure they are meeting best practice and to regain the confidence of their donors. You will begin with an internal review of their existing system, procedures and controls. You will be making recommendations for best practice, implementing improvements and training staff on these changes. Your support and advice will verify the errors with the 2018 accounts and establish more stability and control to reassure donors and reduce future risk.

 

⭐International healthcare organisation [587]⭐

Flights, Accommodation & Daily Allowance
Abuja, Nigeria

2 Weeks

Our partner, a UK-based NGO that has a longstanding history in responding to infectious and tropical diseases, is seeking a pro bono internal auditor for its Nigeria country programme. In Nigeria, the organisation has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other local organisations, to create three targetted interventions against infectious diseases in the country.

 

You will be working alongside the Internal Audit Manager, and will be given specific areas of the audit to focus on. The audit is expected to cover a broad range of risk areas, including governance, legislation and regulatory compliance, programme management, partner management, donor management, human resources, health and safety, finance, operations including procurement, stock and asset management, vehicle management, security management including safeguarding, and information systems.

In addition to undertaking the audit, you will be involved in providing feedback, attending a debrief session and discussing potential issues and findings with senior management.

NGO empowering women through weaving and crafting

Affordable Accommodation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Flexible duration

Our partner aims to create opportunities for Cambodian women, allowing them to become socially, politically and economically independent, to live without fear, violence and exploitation. This is achieved through providing an alternative means of employment, making handicrafts - such as scarfs, throws and cushions - which are sold for profit.

 

You will begin with a internal review of their current accounting systems, procedures and controls. You will be making and implementing recommendations for best practice and training the Accounts Assistant as needed, coaching her in the basic finance management principles as well. 

Our partner would also like your support in preparing a 3 year financial plan starting 2020. They would like to review their business plan, costing and financial reporting on sales and production. They would also like to improve their stock management systems.

NGO providing courses and activities in schools & educational centres

Affordable Accommodation
Antigua, Guatemala

2 Weeks

Our partner seeks to inspire, raise awareness and educate the Guatemalan population to live a full life, with peace and greater well-being, thus contributing to the global culture of sustainable peace. They address the Guatemalan at-risk population, providing courses and activities in schools and educational centres.

 

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. You will be improving and introducing new procedures as needed to further strengthen and formalise their structure, training staff to build their capacity.

As the organization grows, they will need to develop stronger systems and be able to properly report to donors. Our partner asked for particular support in developing their annual report and budgets, and as they have income generating activities, would benefit from better understanding financial planning and projections.

Not-for-profit organization protecting Kasanka National Park

Accommodation provided
Zambia

6-12 weeks

Our partner works in partnership with the Zambian Government to protect Kasanka National Park's environment, its wildlife and natural resources. They aim to both restore and secure the park's biodiversity and to grow it as a sustainable and internationally renowned tourist destination.

 

You will begin with an internal review of their existing financial procedures, systems and controls; you will be making and starting to implement your recommendations for best practice. You will be assessing the capacity and skills of the team, role allocation and organisational risk. You will be updating their financial procedures manual and training the team the continue any new procedures introduced. Your training will include daily finance management and bookkeeping tasks and higher level management responsibilities and financial/strategic planning and oversight.

NGO serving members in rural areas to save and access small loans

Accommodation provided
Suakoko, Liberia

2 Months

Our partner began as a collection of Village Saving and Loan Associations in and around Bong County, serving members in rural areas to save and access small loans. To date there are about 90 different schemes supporting local communities, to the number of 2700 members. From 2017 they started to introduce a more formal structure to offer a wider support.

 

You will begin with a review of their existing finance procedures, systems and controls. You will be making and implementing recommendations for best practice, taking into account the resources and capacity of the team. You will be working in the main hub with the full time Finance Officer and part time Finance Support. The Finance Officer has a diploma in accounting and the Finance Support is currently studying accountancy. You will be reviewing their capacity and providing coaching as necessary.

Our partner also requested support to establish a robust and user friendly system for their new credit union scheme. They do not feel they currently have the knowledge and capacity to manage multi donors and funds and would like fund management training. They would also like to introduce stronger reporting and budgeting procedures. They are currently registering the credit union, ready for launch at the end of the year. For the cooperative they would like a review of the system and an introduction of better production, distribution and tracking procedures.

Not-for-profit organization focusing on sexual reproductive health & rights

Affordable Accommodation
Vientiane, Laos

2-6 weeks

Our partner focuses on sexual reproductive health and rights: they strive to raise awareness and empower people with knowledge, information and access to quality services. Their current projects include educating on key health topics and nutrition and raising awareness for their target groups: mothers, girls and youth.

 

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. You will be improving and introducing new procedures as needed to further strengthen and formalise their structure, training staff to build their capacity. They have a financial procedures manual but would like you to review and update this. They are using QuickBooks and excel and would like further training on QuickBooks to best utilise the system.

 

As our partner attract more and larger donors, they need help understanding and adhering to the reporting requirements, which will become increasingly complex. They would also like to demonstrate a robust and transparent system which meets international compliance to help them attract more funding. They would also like you to create better payroll procedures for both core and project staff.

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.