Livelihood Volunteer Program

The Livelihood Project aims to alleviate the stress and burden of being trapped in the poverty cycle by offering loans and training to women for them to become self-sufficient.

The loans are targeted at women living in a household where daily income is below USD 1.25 per capita. In order to build on the community spirit, the women participate in loan groups with members acting as guarantors for one another. As well as providing capital, the Livelihood project runs business skills workshops, offers bookkeeping training, and commercial consultancy sessions in order to enhance the women’s skills and help them grow their business.

By providing access to affordable loans and the platform for education, the project supports the economic participation of women, combats intergenerational poverty and actively promotes social gender equality. 

Role

AFAWI is looking for a passionate volunteer to work with AFAWI’s Coordinator. While the volunteer will be expected to work on a variety of tasks, some of the more specific jobs include reviewing loan applications, leading training sessions, consulting on business plans, organising one-to-one interviews, undertaking fieldwork to collect relevant data, and preparing grant applications.

The volunteer will need to have an acute sense of cultural awareness as well as be sensitive to financial constraints that may restrict the NGO.

Required skills and attributes

Volunteers must be aged 18+ and have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. An undergraduate degree in Finance, Economics, Development, or Gender Studies is desirable but not essential. Experience in banking, consultancy, business management and/or international development is preferable but not a prerequisite.

As a volunteer you will need to be able to analyse complex problems and think creatively to find bespoke solutions. While you will be able to work independently and take initiative to lead a project, you will also need exceptional teamwork skills and be comfortable chairing group presentations. The position requires you to be able to work in a multicultural environment and to adapt to basic living conditions.

Most importantly, you should be enthusiastic and have a passion for development as well as a commitment to the values that guide AFAWI as an NGO.

Location

Both AFAWI Headquarters and the Livelihood Project are based in Accra, Ghana. 

Cost

Please note this position is unpaid. We ask volunteers to contribute towards their living expenses while they work with AFAWI. The contribution will cover accommodation costs, most meals, and administration expenses for the duration of stay. Further details can be found on the ‘Volunteer Information’ page.

Dates

In most cases, AFAWI is flexible with starting dates and duration of stay. Please state your availability on the application form.

 

If you would like to use your skills to encourage the economic participation of women and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) then please fill in an application form.