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Pioneer Coordinator

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Madagascar - Africa
Town/City Anosy Region
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 31/08/2012
Company Name Azafady
Contact Name Mark Jacobs
Telephone +44 (0)20 8960 6629
Fax +44 (0)20 8962 0126
Email mark@azafady.org
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Position Overview:


Azafady runs two volunteering programmes which aid the organisation in achieving its objectives, whilst promoting Madagascar internationally. The longest running of these programmes is Pioneer. This programme attracts
international volunteers who come to work with Azafady for 10 weeks, providing labour, expertise and financial support.  


The role of the Pioneer Coordinator, in conjunction with the Team Leader, is to ensure the smooth functioning of the programme. The Coordinator acts as a bridge between the Azafady project teams, guides and the volunteers. The Coordinator is also responsible for the well-being of the volunteers for the duration of the scheme. The Team Leader and the Co-ordinator will work together on all major issues and as such must create and maintain a good professional relationship.


Pioneer volunteers provide much needed funds and labour to Azafady. For this reason it is imperative that volunteers complete the much needed work set aside for their programme, whilst having a positive experience so that they go
on to promote Azafady and Madagascar in general once they have returned home. The Co-ordinator works towards this end through management, intervention and support.


Everyone involved in Pioneer acts as the public face of the organisation to the communities in which they are working, therefore it is imperative the Co-ordinator and their group of volunteers behave in a professional and friendly manner at all times.  


The Co-ordinator is mainly field based although does have some duties in Fort Dauphin. Whilst in Fort Dauphin the Co-ordinator is responsible for accompanying volunteers during any work that must be undertaken and also in providing
opportunity for volunteers to carry out personal errands such as exchanging money.


Example tasks for field and town include- intervening to create a positive social and working environment, providing practical advice and support in the event of difficulties and working alongside volunteers to complete project activities. For specific
responsibilities, see below.


Duties and responsibilities:


The Pioneer Coordinator will:


  • Ensure support and care are provided to maintain the physical and mental welfare of volunteers 
  • With the Team Leader, ensure successful communication between volunteers and project teams, through advice, support and intervention
  • Provide guidance and intervention to ensure all staff and volunteers act in a positive and culturally and environmentally sensitive way
  • Alongside the Team Leader conduct activity briefings whilst in the bush and hold regular debriefs with the volunteers
  • Provide accurate background to each activity, including its rationale and expected impact, as well as providing a general overview of Azafady's work
  • Ensure risk assessments are in place for each activity
  • Manage the contingency fund, including maintenance of records and receipts 
  • Ensure, through tuition and management, all work is carried out in accordance with health and safety policy
  • In conjunction with the Team Leader, hold regular feedback and reflection sessions with all involved with the
    programme and report pertinent findings to Head of Volunteering and where appropriate to the Director of Programmes and Operations
  • Complete the Daily Log with accurate information
  • When needed, collect stories and photographs from volunteers for use in publicity
  • Interact with volunteers in a professional and friendly manner
  • Participate in necessary two-way communication with all Azafady staff to ensure smooth running of the      programme
  • Between schemes, participate in the necessary briefing and debriefing


Contract type: Indeterminate

Location: Anosy Region, Madagascar

Reporting to: Head of Volunteering

Start Date: Late 2012.

Closing date for
31st August, 2012


Pay and conditions:

The chosen candidate will receive a local wage in the local currency (Ariary) that will cover all necessary subsistence costs and will have costs associated with flight, visa and insurance covered.  The contract is for one year and is extendable.



The successful applicant will:


  • Have taken part in the Pioneer programme or another similar extended rural volunteering scheme
  • Have a proven ability as a friendly, clear and confident communicator, across a variety of situations
  • Have proven ability to successfully manage a team in order to complete given tasks
  • Have proven ability to work independently and under pressure, including problem solving and decision making
  • Have a demonstrated interest in international development
  • Be proven to be trustworthy and honourable in all their work practice; proven to be a good ambassador for their organisation
  • Be in good health and able to perform manual work
    Be fluent in English; ability to speak French or Malagasy is desirable
  • Hold a first aid qualification


Anyone interested in applying for this position should send a detailed CV and a cover letter explaining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the Job Description to Mark Jacobs, by email or by post.

Azafady Ltd

Studio 7

1a Beethoven Street

London, W10 4LG

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8960 6629

Email: mark@azafady.org   

More information on the work of Azafady can be found at www.madagascar.co.uk

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