Several No Experience ICS Volunteer Jobs – Balloon Ventures (BV)

Job Title:              ICS Volunteer (Several No Experience
Organization: Balloon
Ventures (BV)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: ICS Programme

About US:
Balloon Ventures (BV) is a rapidly growing UK based social enterprise
founded in 2011. We run enterprise programmes in Africa and Asia that provide
training and funding to entrepreneurs for the entire business journey.
Balloon’s mission … is to create a world where potential is realised through
building sustainable local businesses. We do this by utilising the skills of
committed international and local volunteers to provide continued support and
funding to help micro-entrepreneurs grow into SMEs.

About ICS Programme:
International Citizen Service is an international initiative funded by
the UK Government and delivered by 9 UK-based organisations – of which Balloon
Ventures is 1. The ICS programme brings together young people from the UK and
around the world to live, work and learn together in cross-cultural teams to
achieve development impact. Volunteers live and work side-by-side, staying with
host families in the local community. 

Job Summary: The ICS
Volunteer will be part of a team that will work collaboratively for 11 weeks
within a youth-led, multi-cultural team of volunteers, supporting local
entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in Eastern Uganda. Volunteers are fully
trained in the prestigious Balloon Ventures Entrepreneurship Curriculum, and
will use these newly acquired skills and knowledge to act as enterprise
facilitators. Volunteers will work in small, cross-cultural teams of 2-3 and
each team will manage their own caseload of entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs
will involve both existing businesses and start-ups and will operate across a
diverse range of sectors. It is the responsibility of the volunteers to work
hard and create impact in the lives and businesses of their entrepreneurs. To
do this they must be committed to work hard and participate in all the
requirements of the programme. Towards the end of the programme the
entrepreneurs will be eligible to pitch their businesses for a low-interest
loan designed specifically to help young entrepreneurs, operating in the
informal sector to start and grow their businesses.

Key Duties and
  • Ensure full participation in all aspects
    of the 11-week Balloon ICS programme
  • Support a caseload of entrepreneurs to
    start and grow their businesses by providing dedicated and tailored
  • Work harmoniously and collaboratively as
    part of a diverse and cross-cultural team
  • Be open to and learn from Balloon training
    and new and different approaches
  • Positively overcome challenges and
    setbacks by focusing on solutions
  • Have respect for those with values and
    ideas different from your own
  • Live independently away from your home
  • Such other responsibilities that arise
    from time to time, commensurate with the level of responsibility of the
Key Result Areas:
  • Entrepreneurs remain engaged throughout
    the programme with a low withdrawal rate
  • Entrepreneur incomes, skills and knowledge
    are increased
  • The team creates strong bonds and
    friendships across lines of nationality, culture, race, gender and
  • Problems and issues are resolved
    positively and quickly by volunteers with minimal need for input from
    Balloon Ventures staff
  • Accurate entrepreneur data is collected
  • A culture of innovation and positive
    problem-solving is fostered and maximised

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicants should preferably have
    experience in business/entrepreneurship
  • Prior experience of team-based youth
    programmes is desired
  • Prior volunteering experience is an added
  • Previous experience of working with
    different cultures
  • The applicant should have the willingness
    to develop your knowledge and skills for starting or growing your own
    business after the placement
  • Excellent communication skills (with
    proficiency in English)
  • Highly motivated by making a positive
    impact in the community
  • Be available to live and work full time
    away from home for 11 weeks
  • Possess the confidence to make friends
    with people who are different from you
  • Be smart and driven to learn new things
  • Be open-minded to new ideas and values
  • Have great hustle
  • Possess good problem solving skills
  • Ability to think on your feet and generate
    innovative and effective solutions
  • Ability to plan and execute activities in
    a professional way, while remaining flexible and adaptable to change
  • Be highly organised and driven, possessing
    the ability to work independently
  • Chase success
  • Possess an entrepreneurial and dynamic
    working culture
  • Applicants should be between 18 – 25 years old for Volunteer and not more than 35 years for Team Leader Position.
  • The youth volunteers should be willing to
    live and work for 11 weeks on the Balloon ICS programme in an urban town
    in eastern Uganda
  • Programme expenses will be covered
    including a small stipend
Duration: September 2017 – December 2017

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to
submit their application forms online, Click Here.
If you are shortlisted, you will be called to an assessment day.

Deadline: 13th September 2017

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