Be The Change Academy in Liberia seeks Young International Entrepreneurship Trainers & Volunteers

Deadline: September 10, 2013

Two (2) International Entrepreneurship Trainers and Volunteer positions are available at the Be The Change Academy (BTCA) in Paynesville, Liberia. The BTCA seeks young people (especially young women) with business training, competent IT skills and an enthusiasm for developing Green, sustainable Economies in less-developed parts of the world to help translate the dreams of the young women of these regions into practical business propositions. The training start from October 2013 to October 2014 (renewable for 2nd Year).

International Volunteers must get themselves to the UK for initial training. Flights from the UK and back will be provided. The International volunteer will be provided with accommodation, meals and pocket money plus health insurance and visa costs.

About

Youth Crime Watch of Liberia runs the Be The Change Academy in Paynesville, Liberia. This programme, designed by Peace child International, originally piloted in Kenya, seeks out disadvantaged young women with the germ of a business idea, then trains and mentors them to start and/or build up a viable business plan. The best of these plans will then receive funding from the BTCA’s revolving loan fund. Many young women have ingenious business ideas but lack the skills to translate them into viable business plans.

Responsibilities

  • Work with local organizers to adapt the existing training manual into a locally appropriate one.
  • Recruit trainees; run the workshops and execute the Certification process.
  • Work with government and donor officials to secure continuity funding to support on-going BTCA training
  • Develop and implement a monitoring and impact evaluation system, setting up reliable control groups, developing/adapting questionnaires, writing up reports for sponsors etc.
  • Make sure that deadlines are set and met for the different components of the project.
  • Develop / adapt / update the BTCA website, writing blogs and journals on the project.
  • Fund-raising: identify potential funding sources; write letters and proposals, make phone calls, do pitches with local staff and volunteers to secure new local funding for the BTCA;
  • Research and find out best practice from other local enterprise training and/or micro-credit enterprise creation organizations.

Qualifications

  • Degree in business studies desirable.
  • Experience in writing business plans.
  • Business/entrepreneurial background.
  • Some teaching / facilitation experience.
  • Experience working with young disadvantaged women
  • Appetite for hard work and unconditional, 24/7 support for your young trainees
  • Flexible and adaptable (you will work closely with a local counterpart and may only be able to communicate with your trainees through an interpreter as some do not speak English.)
  • Experience of working in developing countries (desirable but not essential).
  • Competent IT skills.
  • Ability to learn from local people on the ground that has a wealth of experience in motivating and supporting young disadvantaged people.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position + your CV to info@ycwliberia.org with “Volunteer BTCA Trainer” in the subject line.

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