This charitable trust focuses on women’s empowerment, offering a range of services to some of the most vulnerable groups, including the Dalit community of Jodhpur.
The trust uses a number of empowerment centres distributed in the local community to engage women and girls in vocational training and free education, as well as operating Helpline services, counselling and even micro-finance initiatives.
The organisation has a growing local staff team, plus volunteers to augment their teachers. They are recognised as having Special Consultative Status by the UN and have affiliated charities and foundations supporting them in Europe. The trust also retails the goods produced in the women’s sewing centres, in a small shop in town as well as internationally through friends and associates of the trust.
All this means there is a great deal of administration and management demanded of this successful, growing organisation, and the trust would like to find a volunteer to help them develop their administrative and management capabilities.
At the sharp end this translates into needing to identify additional sources of funds and writing funding proposals. Partners and donors justifiably request insight and evidence as to how their funds are being used and the outcomes, which calls for good report writing skills backed by good processes.
Outreach International have been specifically asked to look for a volunteer to fulfil this role. This role would suit a mature volunteer, perhaps with experience in a HR or commercial management, or an advanced student of international development studies who has already some experience of international NGOs.
Volunteers will work with the project leader to determine the scope and goals of the volunteer placement, according to the needs at the time.
You will need to fully understand the work the trust does, which will necessarily mean visiting and getting involved with all the different elements of the organisation, as well as building good relations with the local management team and trustees.
Identifying new potential sources of funding, writing funding proposals, developing in-house reporting and measuring outcomes to support such proposals are all essential parts of the role.
Volunteers will be based in the main project office in Jodhpur.
This organisation is successful both in terms of the local outcomes it is generating and the international reputation it is achieving.
Like any growing enterprise it needs management and administrative processes to continue achieving its goals, and this experience is not available locally.
Volunteers will make a difference by bringing in commercial / administrative skills that can help maintain the funding and focus of the organisation, leaving behind a more robust organisation as their legacy.
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