Call for Volunteer Facilitators and OAPs for our IVD Campaign

Hey guys!!!
December 5 is upon us! Every year on the 5th of December, the International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated. The day was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. Here at Volunteer in Nigeria, we cash in on the opportunity to laud the remarkable contribution of volunteers, while inspiring others to embrace volunteerism. Our objective is to inspire Nigerians to embrace practical servant leadership through impactful volunteerism, which is in fact beneficial to the volunteers themselves.

 

As unv.org puts it, “Volunteering is a two-way street. Volunteers gain valuable experience, expand their knowledge and enrich their lives through their actions. At a national level, volunteers use their expertise to create meaningful impact for communities and countries. At a community level, volunteering gives voice to those who are marginalized, for example women, youth and those with disabilities, and enables people to effect real change. As well, volunteering enables people to develop skills to participate in society, to integrate, to increase their employability.

 

At Volunteer in Nigeria, we have deployed more than 2,000 volunteers to work on close to 100 social impact projects in 13 states of the nation. We estimate that around 5% of our volunteers have secured jobs directly through our volunteering engagements, while some have been inspired to found their own projects/companies. Stories like Azuka’s shared below motivate us to go harder.

 

“My name is Azuka and I currently work in the Abuja branch of Nigeria Info FM, one of the leading radio stations in Nigeria.  I joined Volunteer in Nigeria in late 2014. At that point, I was fresh out of university where I studied Accounting. I hated Accounting and was confused and unsure of my future. It was a period of darkness in my life – a time when I felt my sun was setting, when in fact, it was supposed to be rising.
For me, life was never unpredictable. I had to be in control of everything, every second and every moment. I liked being predictable. Imagine how life changes from that perfect morning to a midnight in a split second. A relationship I built over the years came crashing right before my eyes. From battling depression to falling ill and almost committing suicide, my life made me question a lot of things. I was lost and thought I was going to die. Nobody could see what I was going through because I kept a happy and calm disposition (if any member of my family reads this, they would find this unbelievable).  
After battling an illness that almost took my life, I made a decision never to let my circumstances get to me. I started to be a bit outgoing, and through a friend who advised me to get busy, I got to know about Volunteer in Nigeria. I spoke to Chioma Tanwa, who needed me to volunteer with Volunteer in Nigeria at a radio station in Benin City (where I lived) on short notice. It was a media campaign project organised by Volunteer in Nigeria to commemorate the International Volunteer Day. Well I volunteered, and that 5 minutes interview changed my life forever. The following week, I got a job at that same radio station as an on-air personality. Today makes it 2 years since I took that decision to volunteer, and I am currently working with my third media organisation. I volunteered and got my life back.
Broadcasting and motivational speaking has become my passion and my life. I can’t thank God and Volunteer in Nigeria enough for helping me discover myself. I still volunteer often and I have dedicated my life to helping and sharing people’s problems. I hope my story inspires you to overcome whatever you are going through and understand that true happiness and fulfilment comes from helping others.
I am Nsonwu Azuka Oghogho, a Volunteer, Humanitarian & Media Executive, and this is my story.”

 

This year, the theme of the IVD is #GlobalApplause, and we are set to inspire many more people to volunteerism. Consequently, we are embarking on our media campaign again.
See posts on our previous editions here.

 
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
If you are interested in getting on the radio and TV to speak about this special cause, please reach out to us by following these steps below. If you know a television or radio broadcaster who can host our volunteers, or are one yourself, please reach out to us as well.

Step 1: Read the post requirements above carefully

Step 2: Make sure you are comfortable with speaking about volunteerism and inspiring others

Step 3: If you are fully available on & before December 5 and interested, kindly register at http://volunteers.volunteerinnigeria.org (skip this step if you have registered in the past)

Step 4: Drop us a comment below this post (NOT the registration page) with your name, active phone number, active email address and state of current residence.

 

NOTE: Your comments with personal information will not be published. Please do not leave a comment if you have not registered and be sure to leave a comment on this very page with the opening announcement after you register. We close recruitment in about a week or two. Therefore, your comment needs to come in (and follow the guidelines above) before then to be considered. Thank you!

Openings at TY Danjuma Foundation

The TY Danjuma Foundation, an independent private Nigerian Philanthropic grant-making organisation, makes grants to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) to implement projects in three main thematic areas (Community Health Initiatives, Enhancing Quality of Education, and Income Generation Initiatives) to empower women and youth.

Community Health

The Foundation’s Community Health Initiatives programme supports projects across a number of medical, health-related and hygeine matters. These include: Free Medical Missions; Partnership with Community Health Centers and Referal Hospitals; as well as Water and Wellbeing projects.

Enhancing Quality of Education

The Enhancing Quality of Education programme of the Foundation supports initiatives aimed to enhancing the quality of, and improving access to education, i.e. enrolment, retention, transition and completion of basic education. This is done by funding Good Schools Projects; Community Libraries projects; as well as Peace Education projects in conflict-prone communities in Nigeria.

Income Generation Initiatives

The Foundation’s Income Generation Initiatives support youth employability interventions; as well as women’s literacy and entrepreneurial skills development. The aim is to enhance the income generation and management capacity of the youths and women, who are without doubt among the most marginalised groups in Nigeria.

The TY Danjuma Foundation is looking to appoint a number of dynamic skilled, knowledgeable, experienced, and talented staff to fill vacancies. They desire hardworking, development-oriented and compassionate individuals with high personal ethical and moral standards to join their young, highly motivated and hardworking team. Familiarity and dexterity with computer packages, electronic tools and the virtual environment are basic requirements for all positions in addition to the specialised requirements of each position.

 

Position/Title: ICT/Library Intern (Duration: 12 months)

Location: Abuja

Position Summary

The ICT and Library Intern will work as part of the Communications team of the Foundation to improve the ICT environment and experience of the Foundation.

Responsibilities

  • Manages the ICT tools, processes etc.
  • Assist to manage the use of the Foundation’s library facilities, resources, equipment, and services, and provide information about library policies;
  • Recommend materials and help individuals find information that they need;
  • Search standard reference materials, including on-line sources and the Internet, in order to answer clients’ reference questions;
  • Keep records of circulation of books and publications;
  • Support the development of library policies and procedures in collaboration with the IMO;
  • Design information storage and retrieval systems, and develop procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information;
  • Develop and index databases that provide information for library users;
  • Perform any other tasks or duties, including logistics and administrative support, as may be assigned by the supervisor or Management from time to time.

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrates  acceptance  of responsibility; shows pride in work performed; demonstrates  flexibility  in  acceptance  of  assignments  and  schedules;
  • Maintains professional behaviour and appearance;
  • Exhibits dependability and willingness to learn;
  • Creative and Flexible.

Education, Skills, and Experience Required

  • HND or Bachelor’s Degree in ICT related field; other qualification would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of ICT tools management is required;
  • One to two years of  post-qualification experience;
  • Demonstrable knowledge in desired areas of responsibility;
  • Demonstrated skills in PC management and software applications: Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher;
  • Demonstrable skills in basic IT maintenance and troubleshooting;
  • Social networking skills;
  • Good verbal and written skills.

Generous allowance paid.

 

Position/Title: Interns (Duration: 12 months)

Location: Abuja, Taraba or Edo

Position Summary

An intern works with a variety of officers under supervisors and mentors while working on real projects.

Responsibilities

  • Assist team in identifying process improvements; 
  • Provide administrative and general logistic support to officers assigned to; 
  • Provide programmatic support to thematic officers assigned to; 
  • Assist supervisors in the preparation of payment requests and funds liquidation; 
  • Providing support in monitoring media mentions, generating summaries from same; 
  • Data entries for Monitoring and Evaluation exercises; 
  • Note taking and compilation of meeting minutes as assigned; 
  • Any other duty as may be assigned by Management.Personal Characteristics
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrable  acceptance  of responsibility; shows pride in work performed;
  • Demonstrable flexibility  in  acceptance  of  assignments  and  schedules;
  • Maintains professional behaviour and appearance;
  • Exhibits dependability and willingness to learn;
  • Creative and Flexible.

 Education and Skills Required

  • A graduate in any field of learning;
  • At least one year of professional experience (NYSC);
  • Strong written,  verbal,  analytical,  and  interpersonal skills;
  • Must display maturity and a high level of professionalism;
  • Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent follow up skills;
  • Working knowledge of computer software application;
  • Must be flexible and able to work overtime when required;
  • Must be organized and work well with constant priority changes;
  • Familiarity with social networking sites desired;
  • Interest in non-profit management and community development;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively.

The Intern is expected to work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. The Foundation offers stipends.

Position/Title: Volunteers

Location: Abuja or Taraba

Volunteers require personal characteristics similar to Interns. The working hours are flexible and negotiable.

The Foundation encourages volunteers from all ages. The Foundation wishes to provide a dynamic work experience.

The Foundation offers stipends.

Education and Skills Required: Flexible.

These openings present excellent opportunities for career newbies who are looking forward to building a career in international development or any of the thematic areas to gain tangible experience. Because of the flexibility of the volunteering position, it may not matter if you are still a Corps member or a student, so long as you reside in the concerned state.

To complete the online application, you would need:

  • A two-page CV which speaks directly to the position of your interest
  • An application letter (not more than 2 pages) stating why you think you are suitable for the position and what value you hope to bring to the Foundation if given the opportunity.

MY ADVICE:

1. Address letter to:

TY Danjuma Foundation,

Plot 2015 Oda Crescent,

Off Dar Es Salaam Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja.

 

2. Find sample cover letters here to guide you on how to write the application letter.

3. Ensure your CV is customised to fit the position and the organisation’s focus areas. Yes! Take a second look at that old CV.

4. Some university students tell me they do not have CVs because they are students. You can make yourself a CV.  Just put in experiences with AIESEC, JCI, Rotary Club, ENACTUS, trainings, your BSc /HND [degree] (in view), your activities that relate to the position, and a compelling career objective incorporating development or any of their focus areas. Remember to put in your phone number and email address and other personal data.

5. Once you’ve been confirmed for interview, scour the website ( http://tydanjumafoundation.org ) and digest every piece of information on it.

(More career advice at http://thetytestudent.wordpress.com)

You can apply online here http://tydanjumafoundation.org/tydf-online-job-application/

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Deadline: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Openings for Project Map Edo

Edo state has unique potentials to generate revenue through tourism seeing it has so many historic relevance, a rich cultural heritage and of recent, good roads to ease exploration. MapEdo initiative is driven to boost the Tourism industry in Edo state. They would be adding roads, places, art and cultural centres, craft shops, ATMs, relaxation centres, recreation centres, best routes, hotels industries and many other landmarks to Google Maps so people all around the world can discover places in Edo state, easily navigate its environs and easily plan having a vacation in the state, resulting in boosted sales and demand for local products and services further improving the state’s economy.

The project has been supported so far by Google, University of Benin International ICT centre and the Nigerian Observer. The MapEdo project is managed by the University of Benin Google Student Ambassadors.

TRAINING HOLDS ON FRIDAY,  MAY 31, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BENIN AND THE KICK-OFF EVENT FOLLOWS ON JUNE 1, 2013, AT THE SAME VENUE.

Objectives of the project:

  • To strengthen the Edo State Map Making community.

  • To help with directions to favourite hangouts, places or even Emergency Services.

  • To train individuals on digital Map Making skill.

  • To spore Community service and development amongst young adults

  • To show the total and more accurate view of the Edo State so as to ensure its global relevance.

  • To provide more accurate and representative local information which improves the breadth of information available about a given area, helps foster exploration, and in turn bolsters tourism and business investments.
  • To help new and prospective visitors who want to explore the state without getting lost.

  • Detailed map information can help users better navigate the world and learn about new places, especially when searching for local information.

    Target Audience:

    • Individuals who know places in Edo State (streets, industries, roads, banks, ATMs, Hospitals etc..

    • Persons from the state’s Ministry of Works and planning.

    • Persons concerned with tourism affairs in Edo State.

    • The Media, TV stations, Radio, Newspapers etc.

    • Detailed paper map-owners.

    • Students from tertiary institutions in Edo State (UNIBEN, OAU, BIU, COLBEN..) who love cartography and are interested in contributing to the online map of Edo State.

Google will be sending digital certificates to MapUp participants who create at least 5 approved edits during the MapUp, in recognition of their participation. This is aside other Google Swags they would be getting!

REGISTER HERE:

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