Probono Consultants for Women & Girl Empowerment Projects

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Investing in women is said to be a key to development. “Educate her, buy her a cow or goat, or help her start a business and great things will follow: sustained increases in income, greater empowerment and social inclusion, health and education for the children, mental health and happiness. When you teach a woman to fish, everybody eats.” In countries like Uganda where economic development has stalled and millions live in poverty, investing in livelihood development for women is not simply an issue of women’s empowerment -it is also a cutting-edge investment in poverty alleviation and economic development for the future. The main objective for this program is to empower and equip rural women with tailored practical training, knowledge and skills in their farming by turning subsistence farming into profitable small enterprises. The project provides training in a range of improved farming practices, introducing better livestock breeds and crop species, techniques to farm sustainable and prevent soil erosion, and help participants acquire new skills such as bee-keeping, aquaculture and managing small businesses such as the production and sale of indigenous African crafts such as paper jewelry, baskets, and mats; and the raising and sale of goats for profit. For the minimum time of 2 weeks, we are looking for Probono Consultants for Women & Girl Empowerment Projects.

VJD-No.: VJD51
Type: Knowledge Transfer (Probono)
Online Project: Yes
Location: Fort Portal, Uganda
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Max. No. of Volunteers: 16
Project focus: Livelihood Promotion; Women/Girls, Women’s Issues, Women Empowerment
SDG: 05 Gender Equality; 10 Reduced Inequalities

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TASKS

As a volunteer, you will undertake various roles during your volunteer project placement. You will take on a leadership and management role with a passion for micro-enterprise development, poverty reduction and social entrepreneurship in rural Uganda and perform tasks such as:

• You will be involve starting up some micro- enterprises and identifying, training and supporting new clients
• Establishing women groups, youth groups and individuals
• Develop and implement strategic marketing plans and sales plans for products
• Oversees and evaluates market research and adjusts marketing strategy to meet changing market and competitive conditions.
• Developing and writing of business plans
• Developing marketing strategies
• Conducting workshops and Providing business guidance and support
• Provide Practical business skills training including finance, people management, legal and IT.
• Business coaching and mentoring to guide entrepreneurs
• Establishing of Financing opportunities for business growth

REQUIREMENTS

No specific qualifications or previous experience is required to join the Women & Girl Empowerment Projects. However, volunteers with special expertise are highly preferred. Participants should bring both enthusiasm and humility to their projects. Interns are expected to be independent and creative, bring ideas to the table, be respectful to organization leadership and work collaboratively.

Other considerations include the followings:
• Should have compassion, patience and a dedication to improve lives of people.
• Passionate about the Foundation‘s mission and international development
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming nonprofit organization
• Be an innovative and creative thinker – you are not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
• Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
• Have a strong work ethic, take initiative, and require minimal direction
• Work well independently as well as part of a team
• Thrive in a slow-paced and fun environment

What services are included

- Pre-departure support and discounted services
- 24-hour emergency phone
- Airport pick-up & drop-off
(unless otherwise stated)
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations
(sometimes shared)
- All meals
(unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
- Welcome and introduction meeting
- Orientation on teaching methods and techniques, language, culture and religion (if applicable)
- Location orientation
- Complete immersion in the local culture
- 24-hour in-country support
- Volunteer certificate

What services are not included

- Flights
- Visa costs
- Vaccination costs
- Medical and travel insurance
(can be arrange for 1,35 Euro per day)
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Personal Equipment

Estimated Cost

Cost for the 1st week:

212 Euro

Cost for the following weeks:

157 Euro per week

Visit our FAQ page for financial help.

We offer you the possibility to engage yourself in a culturally and professionally challenging environment. Besides giving something back to the world; you get an excellent opportunity to further develop your personality and intercultural competence. We find a social project that perfectly matches your qualifications and preferences; prepare you for your new assignment; guide you before and during your volunteering experience, help to fundraise your mission and following up on your achievements once you get home. For this service we charge 1.600 Euro (net).

In short: We will make sure that all you need for a successful mission is provided to you!

Process

First Contact

Please contact us by phone, email or apply free of charge and without any obligation here as an individual and here as a company.

Do you think that this project perfectly fits you?

In that case we welcome your resume and motivation letter in English. Please mention the assignment title and its VJD-No. as reference. We will of course ensure complete confidentiality and discretion while processing your inquiry.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR APPLICATION!

All information is correct to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy and completeness.

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