capacity building

Through the past decade of working with our partners, a need has been identified for highly skilled individuals who can support the development and on-going administration of their projects. These volunteers also share their skills with the local staff through facilitating training sessions and one-to-one mentoring. The term ‘capacity building’ refers to the on-going development of local knowledge and best practice with the aim of improving the overall standard of service provision to those most in need.

Patrick MacEntee, VLM capacity building volunteer, with Sr Medhin Tesfay DC, coordinator of social projects in the Tigray region.

Patrick MacEntee, VLM capacity building volunteer, with Sr Medhin Tesfay DC, coordinator of social projects in the Tigray region.

 

“My own background is in finance and my work there was writing funding proposals, helping with financial management, administration and teaching several English classes. Volunteering in Ethiopia was a wonderful experience. I came here with my wife, who is a doctor, and she worked in some clinics as well as the city hospital. We have made many new friends and got to experience a culture very different to our own.” – Patrick MacEntee, Capacity Building Volunteer.

 

Length of Placement: 3 months
Dates: flexible, year-round (from February 2017)
Location: Ethiopia, Burkina Faso & Ghana
Fundraising: €2000-€3000 plus medicine and vaccination costs.
Training: two-day pre-departure training workshop arranged at a time that suits the volunteer(s)

Capacity building volunteers fulfill many roles while on placement and are asked to be flexible and take initiative in their placements. Using their professional skills, experience and position as a native English speaker these volunteers aim to  compliment much of the work already being carried out by our partners. For placements in Burkina Faso, a working knowledge of French and a willingness to improve are essential. The key tasks for capacity building volunteers usually include and are not limited to:

  • Writing funding proposals to potential funders/donors
  • Reporting to funders and donors
  • Proof-reading and editing reports and documents
  • Teaching adult learners in their area of expertise
  • Facilitating skills sharing workshops for local staff
  • Mentoring local staff one-to-one
  • Maintaining project websites
  • Supporting administration and office management
  • Encouraging best practice in information management
  • Sharing computer and technology skills
  • Sharing budgeting, accountancy and book-keeping skills
  • Teaching business English to staff/adults (Ethiopia only)

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