Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Job Opportunity at Tanzanian Children's Fund, Volunteer Coordinator


Volunteer Coordinator

•    Job posted by The Tanzanian Children's Fund

Job Type         Full Time

Salary             Minimum: $7,800.00
                            Maximum: $7,800.00
Published:         11/07/2017
Start Date:         02/19/2018
Application Deadline:     12/04/2017


If you love a challenge, working with children, and are looking to make a difference, we need you!
We are looking for a mature, organized and flexible individual with excellent interpersonal skills to manage our Volunteer Program at the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) in rural Tanzania. The Children’s Village is a permanent and loving home for 97 children and located in a remote and impoverished village in Karatu District, adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
This full-time position will offer you the opportunity to make an important difference in the lives of our children by helping our volunteers have a positive impact on the village and a meaningful experience during their stay. The Volunteer Program is a critical component of our organization, and RVCV hosts as many as 80 volunteers each year (approximately 5 to 10 at any given time).

The Volunteer Coordinator is a member of the senior staff at RVCV, and contributes to decisions related to the operation of the Children’s Village. He/she will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the Volunteer Program, and act as an important liaison between the volunteers and the staff. He/she will also play a crucial role in the daily/weekly program of RVCV children, as well as extra planning and supervision of events over school vacations and special holidays. He/she should be able to both work independently as well as part of a larger team.  

The duties of the Volunteer Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
In-Office organization: 20%

•    Responding to all email inquiries regarding the Volunteer Program
•    Scheduling and preparing volunteers to work at RVCV
•    Maintaining a detailed volunteer calendar of arrivals, departures, housing arrangements, etc. in Microsoft Excel
•    Managing volunteer postings online and partnerships with volunteer placement organizations to aid in the recruitment of volunteers
•    Creating and maintaining files (hard copy and electronic file) on all volunteers
•    Liaising with the U.S. office
•    Applying for Work and Residence Permits for qualifying volunteers and foreign staff  

Interpersonal volunteer relations: 30%

•    Meeting and greeting volunteers and overnight visitors, conducting orientation and tours
•    Daily management of volunteers; determining, scheduling and supervising volunteer job duties
•    Conducting weekly group meetings with the volunteers to discuss plans, problems and concerns. Providing support, counsel and training as needed
•    Scheduling days off for long-term volunteers and Sundays off for all volunteers and foreign staff

Children’s Program: 40%

•    Overseeing volunteers running morning classes, supervising playtimes, making snack and breakfast for the children.
•    Coordinating weekly class schedules for our Day Care program, which consists of informal morning and afternoon classes at RVCV taught by volunteers
•    Planning special holiday events and activities for the children during school breaks
•    Helping discipline all children and liaising with the Counselors when necessary
•    Distributing and managing our stock of clothes, and shoes—for 97 children! Including conducting clothing swaps two times per year, and shoe exchanges weekly

General: 10%

•    Communicating with the HR Director on volunteer/staff relations
•    Helping with in-country travel arrangements, including transport, hotels, safaris, etc. as needed for volunteers and visitors
•    Determining the most needed items at RVCV and communicating all needs to the US Office
•    Receiving and managing shipments of donated supplies
•    Keeping the library, preschool room and all materials for class times stocked and organized
•    Coordinating with the Volunteer House cooks on meal planning
•    Assisting Executive Director with special projects


•    Must love kids! Experience or training in teaching or childhood development is helpful but not required
•    Candidate must be outgoing, friendly, easygoing, and patient with all types of personalities coming from all walks of life, as well as open-minded to different experiences and cultures
•    Strong attention to detail and ability to multitask
•    Experience managing junior staff, volunteers or interns a plus
•    Initiative driven and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
•    Team oriented and collaborative
•    Ability to thrive living in a very beautiful but rural setting in Africa
•    Experience living abroad for six months or more is helpful but not required
•    Bachelor’s degree required
•    Strict minimum commitment of 1 year
•    Sense of humor and positive attitude

Why work with Tanzanian Children’s Fund?

•    Be part of a small grassroots non-profit that is having a huge impact in the lives of children and in the wider community, through holistically addressing the root causes of poverty
•    Live in one of the most beautiful, peaceful areas in East Africa with ample chances to see wildlife and forge authentic connections with students, teachers and local villagers.
•    Be confident that you’ll be working for an organization that has strong accountability structures, and incredibly well regarded both in the region and on a global stage
•    Have autonomy in your role, collecting experiences, honing your professional skills, and preparing you for your next endeavor in international development
•    Enjoy being part of a dynamic, closely knit team of professionals who approach challenges with humor, and find creative solutions to problems
•    Eat really delicious banana bread, watch the sun going down overlooking the Ngorongoro crater, and have the opportunity to meet a wide range of visitors and volunteers from around the world.

•    $2,000 airfare allowance/year
•    Room and Board including private apartment, all meals, internet, local phone, and housekeeping support; transport to town as needed.
•    Visa and Residence Permit
•    Health insurance for term of service
•    One month annual leave per year of commitment

Professional Level

Minimum Education Required
4-year degree

How To Apply
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Natalie Pruell at  by December 4, 2017.
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