Open volunteer role: VMM Development Programme Administrator

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Development Programme Administrator

VMM’s partner organisation is a not-for-profit school for the hearing impaired based in Sierra Leone, offering education and language acquisition according to the Maternal Reflective Method (MRM) supported with sign language. This allows children to learn to speak, write and read in any language, makes them more capable of functioning in society, taking up official jobs or preparing them for further studies in secondary education or in University. To achieve this, the school carries out different activities to ensure their holistic development, including vocational and skills training, to enable pupils to engage in productive economic activities. As part of this, the school runs four income generating activities, the school farm and agricultural training school, carpentry and tailoring workshops, and a guest house and hospitality business. These provide valuable skills training for pupils and help to contribute to school running costs.

Our partner school is currently providing support to hundreds of students, and there is a need to increase funding to ensure organisational sustainability and reduced dependence on outside donors. To achieve this, a resource in the form of a Development Programme Administrator is required to build capacity by setting up new sustainable administration systems, training existing staff and increasing funding streams to the school.

Benefits of Volunteering with VMM International

Volunteering with VMM comes with a range of advantages and incentives for volunteers. This is a fully funded post: volunteers are provided with a generous living allowance, return flights, free accommodation, orientation training, specialist insurance and more.

Other benefits include membership of VMM’s community of volunteers and returned volunteers and numerous professional development opportunities. All volunteers are asked to fundraise in the region of €1500 towards their placement, we offer significant support for this.

Development Programme Administrator Role Description

The Development Programme Administrator volunteer will be responsible for coordinating project monitoring and evaluation (both financial and narrative) and seeking new funding opportunities from international and local donors. The post-holder will ensure that deliverables are achieved by fulfilling this primary function.

Reporting to the director of the school, the Development Programme Administrator volunteer will also manage the school guesthouse, coordinate the reorganisation of the school records management system. In addition, they will train a counterpart to take on the role after their departure.  The successful candidate will have an extremely high level of organisational and budgeting skills and demonstrable management experience.

The role will be based in Makeni, Sierra Leone for 6 months with likely extension for an additional year dependent on securing further funding.

The school is seeking an experienced and dedicated volunteer with a background in project management or high level administration from a range of sectors including the private, public or not-for-profit sector.

If you are a determined individual seeking an opportunity in international development and  looking to contribute to the lives of children with hearing impairments in Sierra Leone, contact Louise Talbot Beirne with your CV and a cover letter in strictest confidence at Email or call direct on +353-1-873-4562 for further information.

The closing date for applications is 19th January 2018

VMM Positive Discipline Mentor Eilis McDonald with staff and students at a VMM partner school in Uganda



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