Skills volunteering opportunity in support of NGOs
This is a unique, part-funded volunteer opportunity, suitable for a career break/retired volunteer wanting to use their commercial experience to support charities and NGOs.
You will be working on behalf of a small UK charity, whose mission is to help disadvantaged communities break out of poverty through sustainable income generation. They do this by funding and supporting local NGO partners who have a proven track record, and who demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
Currently the focus is on the province of Siem Reap, one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia. Paradoxically, the region is also home to the World Heritage site of Angkor and the flourishing city of Siem Reap. The tourism-led economic growth has not however reached the rural communities who still lack infrastructures, resources and the knowledge to take advantage of the rising opportunities.
Poor subsistence farmers face challenges such as unfertile soil, frequent flooding and drought. The situation is worsening as a result of global warming, with poor irrigation systems and a reliance on rice cultivation. There is only 1 rice harvest per year in this region, a lack of modern agricultural skills and low education level, plus a remoteness from markets and services.
The charity works with 2 NGOs in Siem Reap. The first is an integrated farm project, using skills training and community development to improve the productivity of sustainable farming methods. The second is a vocational skills course, teaching young men mechanical skills to enable them to earn a living from motorbike repairs.
A volunteer is required to support the local NGOs in the oversight and development of these projects, and to liaise with the donors and trustees of the UK charity backing them. It is a volunteer role suitable for a mature and independent volunteer with commercial experience, capable of working with local partners, offering ‘business management’ support to these charitable enterprises.
The volunteer is required for a minimum of 6 months. You are expected to be working 3 days p.w. and the UK charity will contribute to the living costs of the volunteer in Siem Reap.
Responsibilities will include:
* Provide financial management supervision to local counterparts (the Project Manager and Business Manager of the local NGO partners
* Assist local NGO counterparts to develop project proposals, create reports, etc
* Monitor the progress and smooth running of those projects funded by the UK charity, through visits to the projects and meetings with partners
* Report to the UK charity Trustees on a regular basis bringing to their attention any challenges, problems and solutions relating to the projects. Seek joint solutions, together with the Trustees
* Building successful relationships with Third Party donors to the charity, especially repeat donors; sending frequent updates
* Provide regular updates to the Trustees for inclusion on the website of the charity
Those projects that deliver skills training, education and technical expertise are often the most effective means of addressing long term poverty.
Empowering communities to take control of their food supply and build alternative income streams through new skills provides a lasting difference to the lives of many communities trapped in poverty.
Your role is to provide a direct contribution and ongoing oversight to two projects investing in this goal. Your actions will help improve the outcomes of the projects and satisfy the oversight requirements of the Trustees and donors who are the enablers of this work.
From the palm tree festooned fields of the countryside to the heady two-wheeled traffic of Phnom Penh, Cambodia is intangibly special..., Volunteer in Cambodia