Aware of and willing to contribute to the socially-oriented goals of Accounting for International Development (AfID), RsA Asia joined AfID to help the provision of accounting services for communities that face economic struggles and need advice from certified accountants.
AfID (www.afid.org.uk) is an organisation that offers accountants from around the world the opportunity to use their skills to globally support a broad range of non-profit organisations. Their ongoing strategy is to build the financial management capacity of charities and this guides the operations of AfID in all 50 countries in which it operates. This area mainly includes South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, where the percentage of the population which lives in extreme poverty reaches 41% and 57%, respectively (World Bank).
AfID’s partners are international NGOs, hospitals, micro-finance organisations, conservation projects, women’s empowerment programmes and schools. These partners fight against extreme poverty and inequality in their communities but due to their limited resources are unable to access vital accounting and financial management training.
The main focus of all AfID assignments is to develop and enhance the skills, confidence and potential of local people. This will enable organisations to ultimately have the financial management capacity they need to deliver more effective and sustainable programmes to their many beneficiaries while maintaining good relations with their donors.
RsA (www.rsa-tax.com) contributes to the promotion of AfID jobs in the regions where it operates. This will be achieved through the network of accounting companies and periodical events where the achievements and projects of AfID will be shared.
The following positions are currently available for applicants through AFiD.
NGO engaging local communities in conserving national park
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.
Global health focussed INGO addressing HIV/AIDS epidemic
Vientiane, Laos 3-6 months
Our partner is a large International NGO, working in Cambodia to addresses the scale of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They require strategic support in understanding and streamlining their compliance and reporting requirements.
Environmental NGO conserving water and biodiversity
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.
Charity using theatre to empower vulnerable children
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.
NGO using sport and play to educate and empower children and youth
Jinja, Uganda Flexible duration
Our partner is a Ugandan NGO using sport and play to educate and empower children and youth, tackling poverty, conflict and disease affecting disadvantaged communities. 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.
Social Enterprise promoting quality early childhood care
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.
NGO supporting marginalised and vulnerable people
Kenema, Sierra Leone 3-6 weeks
Our partner is a Sierra Leonean charity supporting local communities to improve their environment, health facilities, quality of education, food security, access to employment and other affecting issues. Their target groups are women, children and youth, those with disabilities and those who are marginalised.
Organization engaging young people through education
Banarawela, Sri Lanka 3 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.
Not-for-profit organization supporting vulnerable & orphaned children
Kajiado West, Kenya 1-2 weeks
Our partner supports vulnerable and orphaned children, providing shelter, food, clothes, healthcare and educational materials and access. These children are referred by local government because they have been affected or at risk of neglect or abuse. They also work with the wider communities to support the families of vulnerable children, working to preserve families and keep children at home as much as is possible.