DARE Network is a community based organisation that has been working with the ethnic minorities of Burma for 16 years to educate,prevent,treat and support people and communitiesaffected by substance abuse.
Our motto is: A free mind cannot be destroyed.
DARE Network is expanding and looking for a long term volunteer, to share our journey on the Thai/Burma border. The volunteer will support the team as an External Relations Coordinator. This is not a paid role, so the volunteer must be self supporting.
It is possible that the volunteer will be able to access funding at a later date but we need you now! You could create your own fantastic salary.
Position Title: External Relations Coordinator
Duration: Minimum 6 months; ideally 1 - 2 years.
Location: DARE Network Head Office, Mae Sariang, Thailand
Stakeholder Engagement and Fundraising:
This aspect of the volunteer role involvesworking with DARE Staff to coordinate DARE Network's external relations with donors, potential donors, advisory boards, coordinating bodies, and other NGOs. This includes:
Liaising with Coordinating bodies and NGO members, attending certain meetings with the view to represent DARE Network at these meetings, and report back to DARE staff.
Attend and take notes at local NGO/CBO monthly coordination meetings to support DARE Network staff that may not attend, and support DARE staff when DARE hosts these meetings.
Maintain good relations with donors and build positive new funding relations, through attendance of meetings, regular communication,coordination of donor visits to DARE Network office and field sites, and meeting reporting requirements.
Writing proposals and reports to funders in a timely and complete way
Sourcing fund raising opportunities from government agencies, foundations, corporations, crowd source and private donorsand setting meetings, writing proposals
Assisting in analyzing evaluations and documentation to provide information for annual reports
Helping develop fundraising tools and international sustainable sources of funding
As well as the aforementioned roles, the volunteer will perform other tasks as required by the Program Coordinator, Capacity Advisor and other DARE staff, such as proofreading, assisting staff with English language communication skills, and being part of staff programs. The role of the volunteer is creative and the volunteer is encouraged to bring their own experience and knowledge with the DARE team. It is important for the volunteer to be confident to self-initiate work, and decision-making, assisting DARE staff in whatever ways possible, so that they may evolve their role to fit the needs of DARE Network. DARE is a small organisation and works as a very supportive environment. There is huge opportunity for you and the team to learn and grow together, keeping in mind that they are the experts in their own communities and have already many skills.
Qualifications and Experience
Desired competencies include:
Fundraising Experience: proposal writing, donor reports, budget negotiations, writing donor reports
Computer Skills: Good MS Office Word and Excel skills, and general computer literacy
Communications Experience: Experience with social media platforms and blog writing, excellent oral and written communication skills in English (professional working and academic language skills are assets).
Experience Working in Multicultural Setting: Experience in working and living in multicultural work environment, preferably in Southeast Asia
Experience Working with Community-based Organisations, or equivalent: Experience working with CBOs, not-for-profit local organisations, social-enterprises, or equivalent
Organizational Skills: strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Experience in Addiction Work is not necessary but it is expected that the volunteer will not be a substance abuser or use substances on the job
Knowledge of any of the local languages (Thai, Karen, Burmese) is not required but highly valued.
Knowledge of the political context of the conflict and refugee crisis in Burma is desired, but not mandatory. Volunteers are advised to read up about the situation prior to commencing placement.
Values and Commitments
Understanding of and empathy for migrant and refugee communities
Strong commitment to the principles of volunteerism - not volun-tourism
Ability to work in a multicultural environment
Willing and open to learning about new cultures, ways of working and issues
Ability to adjust to challenging and unpredictable political environment, and are aware of the personal connections many DARE staff have to the on-going conflict.
Strong interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with donors and partners.
Confidence to advocate for DARE Network and the people it serves
Team player attitude
Self motivated and independent, strong work ethic with ability to self-initiate work and make decisions
Benefits: The volunteer is expected to be self- supporting. However, DARE will not charge volunteer any fees. DARE will provide refugee camp passes and travel per diems.
The volunteer must supply her/his own visa (documents can be provided to assist), travel to Thailand, health insurance and living costs.
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 25
- 40 hours plus travel
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