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Access to Capital, Oversight and Reporting Nexus (ACORN) - Volunteer

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If you are interested in having a major impact on inequality and suffering in the world, ROCKBlue is offering an opportunity to use your experience and heart to make a difference.

ROCKBlue is an international non-profit with a mission to provide water and sanitation to over 1 billion of the world’s poor that currently lack these basic, life-giving, essentials. Founded in 2013 and a registered charity in the US and South Africa, ROCKBlue is currently in five countries, working with 18 towns/cities that provide water and sanitation to over 5 million people. You can find out more about us on our website.

We will be launching an our latest Initiative this year, called ACORN. The purpose of ACORN is to help a) water service providers (WSPs) such as utilities and municipalities as well as b) financial institutions, foundations and aid agencies. The WSP's need large capital finance (money) and the financial institutions, foundations and aid agencies only want to provide money if the conditions are acceptable. ACORN will bridge the gap between the two. That is, helping WSP's improve their attractiveness and credit worthiness as well as reporting, and helping those with the money to become more comfortable with loans and grants. The net result - growth and improvement of the WSP's and more people served with water and sanitation.

ROCKBlue has an immediate opening for an ACORN - Volunteer.

This person will be working remotely/virtually. Broadly, the individual should have demonstrated skill and dedication in a team management role on past assignments.

This is a part-time position (approximately 4-5 hours/week) with an initial period of 2 months to determine if it works for both ROCKBlue and the candidate. If it appears to be a positive working relationship then the assignment would be continued indefinitely.

Due to working with senior management, there is the opportunity for advancement including the possibility of this becoming a paid position and a full-time role. The work and volunteer position will look favorably on one’s resume. Especially for those wanting experience in international finance, international development, international financial institutions, corporatized water utilities, water and sanitation and humanitarian assistance.

You will also learn management software tools such as Trello, Clockify, Slack, G-Suite/Google Drive, etc. This is an exciting position as it will avail the candidate to both senior level management as well as the humanitarian work that we do and with our partners from all over the world. The scope of activities includes:

The scope of activities for the Access to Capital, Oversight and Reporting Nexus (ACORN) volunteer position includes:

  • Receiving direction and reporting to the President of ROCKBlue
  • Assisting the leadership of the ACORN Initiative
  • Help ensuring adequate resources for the ACORN such as requesting additional team members
  • Assisting in updating draft Charter for ACORN and internal review of Charter for team buy-in
  • Helping to update and follow the Charter accordingly
  • Flexibility to volunteer approximately 4-6 hours/week
  • Weekly activity planning (and desired achievements) as well as progress reporting
  • Become facile with our digital library/database - we use Google Drive to store all files
  • Use of the Trello activity management tool, Clockify time tracking tool and Slack communication tool
  • Attendance at weekly check-in meetings (virtually) and regular reporting
If you're interested in this position please send your CV/resume to Jenni@rockblue.org

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About ROCKBlue


601 Foothill Road, Ojai, CA 93023, US

Mission Statement

The core purpose of ROCKBlue is to improve the lives of the urban poor in the developing world by assisting water utilities tasked with supplying water and sanitation. ROCKBlue partners with the water and sanitation utilities that supply the basic amenities of water and sanitation to the urban poor. We empower our partner utilities by being a connector and service provider. The result of these partnerships are healthier cities that support the well-being of the local communities and economy thus improving lives.


ROCKBlue aims to solve the growing gap between reliable water supply and accelerating urban demand. We are a nonprofit that leverages a large network of highly experienced specialists. ROCKBlue focuses on strengthening the ability of water and sanitation utilities to provide these services to the poorest in cities and towns across the developing world.

ROCKBlue accomplishes this mission through respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships with both public utilities in the developing world and with the international donors and lenders supporting these utilities.

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We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Civil Engineering
  • Financial Planning
  • Management
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Financial Auditing
  • Cost Analysis




  • Flexibility to volunteer approximately 4-6 hours/week
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, economics, finance or other related fields. Preference for 5 years in water and sanitation services, either working directly for a utility or for a donor aid agency/ development finance institution.

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