VOLUNTEER

We are currently seeking a range of volunteers and interns. Training and supervision will be provided. If you are interested and want to know more please click on the relevant link.

Web Editor

About the opportunity
We are looking for someone to join our small, friendly team as a web editing volunteer keeping the public informed of our fundraising efforts in the UK, and the real successes those funds are being turned into by our development workers Robert and Nyasha out in Zimbabwe. You will be comfortable using web content editing platforms; writing web copy; and may have the opportunity to provide feedback and ideas for improvements to the existing site. You will also be responsible for ensuring hyperlinks are functioning and other small maintenance tasks.

If you are looking for a flexible, high impact volunteering role where your skills will be valued then please come and join us!

About The SEED Project
SEED is a grassroots charity working in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe (where unemployment is at 90%) to create lasting, sustainable change.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone skilled in both IT and copywriting who can make an ongoing commitment to our work. An interest in international development would be an advantage.

Reports to:
Volunteer Coordinator

Location:
Home based within easy reach of London or Cambridge. You will require regular access to the internet.

Time commitment:
Approximately 10 hours per month. Flexible commitment.

Purpose:
To assist The SEED Project in delivering high quality projects in Zimbabwe by ensuring our website is up to date, functioning well and is well maintained.

Tasks:
Updating the website with content provided by the Volunteer Coordinator
Checking links have not gone inactive
Performing updates and maintenance
Providing suggestions for improvement to make the website easier to navigate or use
Compressing and uploading photos

Skills & qualities needed:
Ability to use web editing platforms
Basic knowledge of HTML code
A good eye for layout and knowledge of best practice in website design
Understanding of web safety
Good team working skills
An awareness and sensitivity to good public relations
Excellent and concise written English
Copywriting skills
Willingness to learn in depth about the project

Support provided:
Reasonable expenses (such as travel by public transport, petrol, and reimbursement for phone calls and stationery)
Regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator
An induction in the work of The SEED Project
Any relevant on the job training

Benefit to volunteer:
An opportunity to gain experience in international development
A reference for future jobs
A flexible opportunity to fit around existing commitments
Work from home
Make a real impact in a small but effective charity
A chance to add to your web-design and copywriting portfolio

Other considerations:
Volunteer needs to have their own computer and excellent internet connection
Volunteer ideally needs to be within easy reach of London or Cambridge

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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Newsletter Editor

About The SEED Project
SEED is a grassroots charity working in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe (where unemployment is at 90%) to create lasting, sustainable change.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone regular and dependable with a flair for writing zesty copy and engaging an audience. They need to be able to use (or be willing to learn to use) MailChimp and be able to upload photos provided by our photo editing volunteer. An interest in international development would be an advantage.

Reports to:
Volunteer Coordinator

Location:
Home based ideally within easy reach of London or Cambridge. You will require regular access to the internet.

Time commitment:
Approximately 10 hours per month. Flexible commitment.

Tasks:
Sending out a newsletter every 2 months via Mailchimp
Writing zesty and engaging copy for our newsletter
Creating an attractive newsletter layout to the Mailchimp template including photos
Sending out (and ideally writing) prayer updates for Zimbabwe.

Skills & qualities needed:
Ability to use/willingness to learn Mailchimp
An interest in international development
Understanding of the ‘empowerment not aid’ ethos
A good eye for detail and accuracy
An awareness and sensitivity to good public relations
Excellent and concise written English
A regular and reliable commitment
Willingness to learn in depth about the project

Support provided:
Reasonable expenses (such as travel by public transport, petrol, and reimbursement for phone calls and stationery)
Regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator
An induction in the work of The SEED Project
Any relevant on the job training

Benefit to volunteer:
An opportunity to gain experience in international development
A reference for future jobs
A flexible opportunity to fit around existing commitments
Work from home
Make a real impact in a small but effective charity
A chance to add to your web-design and copywriting portfolio

Other considerations:
Volunteer needs to have their own computer and excellent internet connection
Volunteer ideally needs to be within easy reach of London or Cambridge

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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Social Media Officer

About the opportunity
We are looking for someone to join our small, friendly team as a social media volunteer keeping the public informed of our fundraising efforts in the UK, and the real successes those funds are being turned into by our development workers Robert and Nyasha out in Zimbabwe.

If you are looking for a flexible, high impact volunteering role where your skills will be valued then please come and join us!

About The SEED Project
SEED is a grassroots charity working in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe (where unemployment is at 90%) to create lasting, sustainable change.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone regular and dependable with a flair for writing zesty copy and engaging an audience. They need to be able to develop communications through social media, presently Facebook and Twitter.
An interest in international development would be an advantage.

Reports to:
Volunteer Coordinator

Location:
Home based ideally within easy reach of London or Cambridge. You will require regular access to the internet.

Time commitment:
Approximately 2 hours per week across two or more days.

Purpose:
To assist The SEED Project in delivering high quality projects in Zimbabwe by promoting our projects, fundraising campaigns and aims via Twitter and Facebook.

Tasks:
Posting to Facebook and Twitter at least once a week
Developing 'likes', memberships and followers
Monitoring activity on accounts
Uploading photos provided by the volunteer coordinator
Responding to inquiries made on Facebook and Twitter, or referring them on where appropriate.

Skills & qualities needed:
Ability to use Facebook as a group and ‘Like page’ admin
Ability to follow the Social Media and other communications policy
An awareness and sensitivity to good public relations
Excellent and concise written English
Working knowledge of Twitter
Willingness to learn in depth about the project
An interest in international development
Understanding of the ‘empowerment not aid’ ethos

Support provided:
Reasonable expenses (such as travel by public transport, petrol, and reimbursement for phone calls and stationery)
Regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator
An induction in the work of The SEED Project
Any relevant on the job training

Benefit to volunteer:
An opportunity to gain experience in international development
A reference for future jobs
A flexible opportunity to fit around existing commitments
Work from home
Make a real impact in a small but effective charity
A chance to add to your web-design and copywriting portfolio

Other considerations:
Volunteer needs to have their own computer and excellent internet connection
Volunteer ideally needs to be within easy reach of London or Cambridge

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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Publicity Designer

About The SEED Project
SEED is a grassroots charity working in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe (where unemployment is at 90%) to create lasting, sustainable change.

About the opportunity
We are looking for someone to assist our small friendly team of communications and fundraising volunteers by designing new leaflets and display materials for The SEED Project.

If you are looking for a flexible, high impact volunteering role where your skills will be valued then please come and join us!
What are we looking for?
We are looking for a talented designer and team player able to work remotely with our communications volunteers to produce materials to assist the fundraising team.

Responsibilities will include: redesigning leaflets; producing a range of display materials.

Reports to:
Volunteer Coordinator

Location:
Home based. You will require regular access to the internet.

Time commitment:
Short term project, ad hoc

Purpose:
To assist The SEED Project in delivering high quality projects in Zimbabwe by designing new publicity materials for distribution and display.

Tasks:
Designing new leaflets, annual report and infographics
Designing display materials

Skills & qualities needed:
Ability to use InDesign/Illustrator or other design programmes
An interest in international development
Understanding of the ‘empowerment not aid’ ethos
Team working skills

Support provided:
Reasonable expenses (such as travel by public transport, petrol, and reimbursement for phone calls and stationery)
Regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator
An induction in the work of The SEED Project
Any relevant, non-technical on the job training

Benefit to volunteer:
An opportunity to gain experience in international development
A reference for future jobs
A flexible opportunity to fit around existing commitments
Work from home
Add to your portfolio
Make a real impact in a small but effective charity

Other considerations
Volunteer will require a good internet connection, their own computer and design software
Volunteer ideally will need to be in easy reach of London or Cambridge

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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Grant Fundraiser

About the opportunity
We are looking for someone to join our small, friendly team as a bid writing volunteer on our fundraising team to write bids and letters to potential funders, initially under the guidance of our experienced fundraising trustee and volunteer coordinator, and to help report back the successes those funds are being turned into by our development workers Robert and Nyasha out in Zimbabwe.

If you are looking for a flexible, high impact volunteering role where your skills will be valued then please come and join us!

About The SEED Project
SEED is a grassroots charity working in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe (where unemployment is at 90%) to create lasting, sustainable change.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone skilled in writing for specific audiences to work with staff and trustees to present viable funding proposals. We need someone who can make an ongoing commitment to our work. An interest in international development would be an advantage.

Reports to:
Volunteer Coordinator

Location:
Home based. You will require regular access to the internet.

Time commitment:
Approximately 2-4 hours per week

Purpose:
To assist The SEED Project in delivering high quality projects in Zimbabwe by researching and writing applications to grant funders working closely with the trustees.

Tasks:
Researching grant funders to find potential matches with our projects
Presenting ideas to the board of trustees
Writing applications, initially under the guidance of our expert trustee
Reporting back to funders

Skills & qualities needed:
Experience of grant writing and working with budgets
An interest in international development
Understanding of the ‘empowerment not aid’ ethos
Ability to match funding goals to SEED activities
Excellent written communication
Ability to use provided information to create a strong case to funders

Support provided:
Reasonable expenses (such as bus fares, petrol, and reimbursement for phone calls and stationery)
Regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator and expert trustee
An induction in the work of The SEED Project
Any relevant on the job training

Benefit to volunteer:
Gain experience in international development
A reference for future jobs
A flexible opportunity
Work from home
Make a real impact in a small but effective charity
Gain experience under a professional funding officer

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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Volunteer Finance Officer

This voluntary role will suit a person passionate about using his/her financial skills and experience (ideally in the charity sector) to make a real difference.

This flexible role only requires a few hours a week (or a day or two per month), so can work well around other commitments. The successful candidate will ensure that donors’ funds are stewarded well, ensuring the maximum benefit to Zimbabwean communities.

This will include processing donations, preparing annual accounts, cashflow forecasting, making Gift Aid claims, tracking use of restricted funds and preparing reports for the trustees.

Reports to:
Volunteer Coordinator

Location:
Working from home (ideally in or near Cambridge, or London UK),

Time commitment:
Minimum approximately 2-3 hours per week / 10-12 hours a month.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Major Objectives
Further SEED’s Mission to facilitate holistic, sustainable, community development in Southern Africa by:
Ensuring accountable use of charitable funds (2017: £45,000)
Preparing annual accounts for independent examination
Providing regular financial processing, record-keeping and reporting

Responsibilities
Monthly:
Make an international payment to Zimbabwe
Download online bank statements and check balances
Check spend reports from Zimbabwe and incorporate into records
Keep spreadsheets up to date.
Email correspondence with Zimbabwe staff
Monitor receipt of expected donations

Quarterly:
Provide a summary financial report to the Trustees every 2-3 months.
Update cash-flow forecasts (using income projections from Fundraising and expenditure projections from project staff)
Make occasional UK payments (insurance, expenses)
Claim Gift Aid
Track use of restricted funds

Annual:
Prepare SEED’s annual accounts (Receipts & Payments) for independent examination and then submission to the Charity Commission
Help generate budgets and forecasts

Ongoing:
Keep up to date with UK legislation and good practice regarding charity finance, e.g. Gift Aid, payroll giving
Abide by SEED’s Ethical Guidelines and Policies and Procedures

Context
Working from home in a voluntary capacity, the person who fills this post will work closely with SEED’s Volunteer coordinator in the UK, and also with our two community development workers in Zimbabwe, the co-founding and other Trustees in the UK, and other UK volunteers (e.g. one responsible for payroll). S/he will receive line management support from a trustee with financial experience and intricate knowledge of all aspects of The SEED Project.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
Essential
At least 2 years’ experience in a similar role
Excellent financial skills
Strong IT skills (Excel/Numbers/accounting packages, email, internet)
Strong administrative skills
Experience of Gift Aid, CAF, JustGiving, standing orders, restricted funds
Ability to act on your own initiative, and to work alone
Efficiency and accuracy
Reliability and commitment
Honesty and trustworthiness
Fluency in English

Desirable
Experience of Quickbooks
Based in or near Cambridge or London, UK
Passion for the cause
Qualifications in relevant fields
Experience working in the charity sector in the UK
Understanding / experience of full cost recovery (recovering ‘core’ costs)
Ability to share ethos and values (Christian)
Experience of living/working in Southern African communities
Understanding of key relevant financial issues, e.g. international transfers, exchange rates
 

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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Google for Nonprofits Volunteer

Do you have experience in setting up Google for Nonprofits for a charity?

The SEED Project is seeking a knowledgeable volunteer that can set up our Google non-profit account and transfer our current data onto the new platform. This is a short-term project. You will need to:

  • Create a logical file structure
  • Create email accounts for trustees, staff and volunteers
  • Transfer our current files from Google, emails and hard drives into the new Google Drive account and set up various access levels for different staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • Desirable: Experience in creating Google Free AdWords to promote our charitable work on Google through keyword targeting.

About The SEED Project
SEED is a grassroots charity working in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe (where unemployment is at 90%) to create lasting, sustainable change.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone skilled in Google Drive who can make a short-term commitment and real impact on our work.

Location:
This is a home-based/remote, flexible opportunity. You will require reliable internet access.

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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Ambassador

About the opportunity
We are looking for people to join our small, friendly team as ambassadors within our fundraising team to visit churches, groups and organisations to raise awareness and recruit donors/supporters for our work in Zimbabwe.

If you are looking for a flexible, high impact volunteering role where your skills will be valued then please come and join us!

About The SEED Project
SEED is a grassroots charity working in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe (where unemployment is at 90%) to create lasting, sustainable change.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone friendly and articulate with excellent networking skills who can help us to extend our donor base throughout the UK by delivering presentations and engaging new supporters. An interest in international development would be an advantage.

Reports to:
Volunteer Coordinator

Location:
Home based. You will be required to travel locally to visit interested groups.

Time commitment:
Minimum approximately 4 hours per month

Purpose:
To assist The SEED Project in delivering high quality projects in Zimbabwe by raising awareness and recruiting new supporters through presentations to local groups.

Tasks:
Research local groups and network to set up visits;
Visit groups (Rotary clubs, churches, etc.) to deliver presentations about our work;
Answer questions and sign people up to our mailing list and as supporters

Skills & qualities needed:
A people person
A confident communicator
An interest in international development
Understanding of the ‘empowerment not aid’ ethos
The ability to develop an in depth knowledge of the project

Support provided:
An induction in the work of The SEED Project
Reasonable expenses (such as travel by public transport, petrol, and reimbursement for phone calls and stationery)
Regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator
Any relevant on the job training

Benefit to volunteer:
An opportunity to gain experience in international development
A reference for future jobs
A flexible opportunity to fit around existing commitments
Make a real impact in a small but effective charity

Other considerations:
Access to internet
Able to travel locally
You will need to visit Cambridge for initial briefing.

To apply:
Please send your CV and a brief letter of interest to Kevin Cusack at uk@seed-project.org

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