Volunteer Business Support Associate

Volunteer Business Support Associate

Challenges Worldwide
Ghana · Rwandaand 1 other

Job description

Challenges Worldwide is a pioneering social enterprise placing ICS (International Citizen Service) volunteers to work as Business Support Associate for a 10-12 week placement with an African business.

The Challenges Worldwide ICS Programme offers young people the opportunity to play a key role in delivering sustainable private sector development projects. Our volunteers deliver support to growing enterprises in Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.

You do not need previous business experience to take part as during the programme you will receive weekly training in Professional Consulting.

Training is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and after the programme volunteers will be invited to complete an assessment and gain their Level 5 qualification in Professional Consulting at an exclusive discounted rate for Challenges Worldwide ICS volunteers.

As a Challenges Worldwide ICS volunteer you will work together with a local volunteer to have a direct positive impact on small to medium sized enterprises as they seek to access trade and finance deals. These experiences will develop your professional skills, enhance your employability and help you recognise the vital role of economic development in reducing poverty across the world.

We do not pay our volunteers, however, the programme is fully funded by the UK government through the ICS programme, so you don't need cash or qualifications to take part. This includes the costs of flights, visas, food and accommodation and medical costs.

To show commitment to taking part our volunteers are required to fundraise to secure their placement - the proceeds of the fundraising are used to ensure the sustainability of the ICS programme. You will receive full support from an ICS fundraising support officer to help you meet your target!

Company information

Challenges Worldwide is a non-profit organisation that works to boost small and medium-enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa by providing training and consultancy services through different pathways, one of which is volunteering work! Hence, you can be part of helping business to improve and, in turn, create jobs and grow the local economy.

Person requirements

Volunteers are required to be engaged, proactive, open-minded, and willing to work hard and learn with the African business that they will be placed. Also, they are required to be healthy to be able to carry out their role.

To take part in the ICS programme you must be aged 18-25 when your placement starts. You must be an EU Citizen that has resided in the UK for at least 12 months.

Accepted degree subjects




CMI qualifications and cross-cultural work experience


Ghana · Rwanda · Uganda

How to apply

Number of vacancies: 127

Your application will be done through the ICS platform, so make sure that you indicate that you want to work with Challenges Worldwide to grow local business and learn Professional Consultaning in order to guarantee your application is directed to Challenges Worldwide.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 14/09/2018

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