Global Volunteer Options for Partners (AVID and AfID)
Volunteers can be a great help to projects with limited resources, as well as offer valuable skills and experience to those looking to help make a difference in the field of international development. For partners already engaged with, or looking for volunteers, Global Development Group has learned of some operational changes and opportunities related to AVID and AfID which will be of interest.
For partners who currently have volunteers from the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, there will be some changes to the in-country management organsiations from 1 July this year. Volunteers in our projects in Cambodia, Timor Leste, Mongolia and Ethiopia will then be managed by Australian Volunteers International (AVI) or Australian Red Cross, replacing Scope Global (formerly Austraining), in those countries.
The good news is that AVID is continuing to be funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). Global Development Group is an enthusiastic partner organisation for the program, and we have encouraged many volunteer assignments in our projects for capacity building and strategic activity. Most assignments involve advising/training to help get projects further along the track towards sustainability. We also support the Australian Volunteer program by hosting volunteers on their return and re-orientation at the end of assignments.
Additionally, Global Development Group maintains a close working relationship with Accounting for International Development (AfID). AfID is a social enterprise based out of the UK that gives accountants around the world opportunities to use their skills to make a genuine difference. Over the last 6 years AfID has built up an impressive and unique talent pool that can enable GDG partners to access excellent staff whilst at the same time reducing their recruitment costs. Volunteer & permanent placements are part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management and reporting capacity of charities in over 30 countries.
We have helped several projects with acquiring volunteer accountants for short periods of time. However, AfID has now started to help charities with their permanent financial recruitment needs. For interested partners – a volunteer accountant could be useful in the short term if a project requires assistance to set in place good accounting measures and wants to enhance their financial management practices; whereas, a permanent accountant would be part of the project for a longer amount of time and could help achieve significant future goals.
For more information on either of these programs or to apply for a volunteer or permanent accountant contact your Global Development Group Project Officer.