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Volunteering positions

We would love to have you on our team

We are always on the lookout for amazing people to help us at Rafiki Mwema, Australia. If we have a particular role vacancy it is listed here. If there is nothing listed and you believe you have skills that you would like to share, head over here and register your interest and let us know how you would like to help us.

Role vacancies

Why are we recruiting for this role?  

About the Organisation

Rafiki Mwema is a refuge for children in Kenya who are survivors of abuse, and our mission is to provide them with safety, nurture, education, hope and therapeutic care to support them in healing from their trauma and pave the way for a brighter future.

A simple, rented house in Kenya was where it all began. In 2011, our doors opened for girls who were victims of sexual abuse and needed refuge while their cases went through the courts. We called our home Rafiki Mwema, which means “loyal friend” in Swahili. Within a week we were caring for 22 girls, we now have a dedicated farm and provide care and support for 70 children.

It is Rafiki Mwema’s vision that through the repair of the physical and psychological damage inflicted on them, we can support our children to become emotionally connected, caring, and empowered young people and adolescents and support our future men to break the cycle of abuse by becoming safe, loving, kind partners, fathers and uncles who respect our empowered young women.

Rafiki Mwema are committed to understanding and repairing the intense trauma our children have experienced.

Key responsibilities  

  • End to end research, reporting, eDM drafting, ensuring the correct approvals are obtained, and subsequent sending of our monthly Mtaani eDM by following the currently documented process and working with the broader remote marketing team.
  • This is required to be sent to the right audience (as defined by business rules in conjunction with the marketing team), at the agreed time, and aligning to the appropriate strategies (content strategy, marketing strategy, EDM strategy /best practices).

Our ideal person  

  • Committed to upholding Rafiki Mwema’s vision, mission and values.
  • Reliable, enthusiastic, and passionate about doing your work to the best of your ability.
  • Ability to commit to 4hrs per week.
  • Have a strong background in copywriting (you know how to tell stories in an engaging way) and eDM drafting (technical), including incorporating eDM best practices
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proactive and able to work autonomously and a part of a remote team.
  • Computer savvy (Microsoft suite, Canva, Salesforce, Pardot and others as required to complete the work – some training can be provided for specialist systems)
  • Must have or be willing to obtain a Working with Children Check (free for volunteers)

Rafiki Mwema encourages and nurtures diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from applicants who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, women and those from diverse backgrounds or life experiences.

All information provided upon application is kept confidential and is used solely for the purpose of assisting Rafiki Mwema in the recruitment process as we endeavour to build strong, diverse teams. We would like to thank all applicants in advance for taking the time to express interest in this role.

How to apply

If you’re excited by the opportunity but unsure if you have the desired skills we’re looking for? We’d love to hear from you! Please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator via email at volunteer@rafikimwema.com

To submit an application please apply here

Purpose and Scope

Reporting to the Chair of the Board, the Role of Chair of the Risk and Governance Committee shall be responsible for overseeing and reporting on Rafiki Mwema’s overall risk management system through identification, measurement, monitoring, and controlling of risks. This role also governs the processes and procedures within Rafiki Mwema to ensure continuous compliance and apply strategic mitigation controls.

About the Organisation

Rafiki Mwema is a refuge for children in Kenya who are survivors of abuse, and our mission is to provide them with safety, nurture, education, hope and therapeutic care to support them in healing from their trauma and pave the way for a brighter future.

A simple, rented house in Kenya was where it all began. In 2011, our doors opened for girls who were victims of sexual abuse and needed refuge while their cases went through the courts. We called our home Rafiki Mwema, which means “loyal friend” in Swahili. Within a week we were caring for 22 girls, we now have a dedicated farm and provide care and support for 70 children.

It is Rafiki Mwema’s vision that through the repair of the physical and psychological damage inflicted on them, we can support our children to become emotionally connected, caring, and empowered young people and adolescents and support our future men to break the cycle of abuse by becoming safe, loving, kind partners, fathers and uncles who respect our empowered young women.

Rafiki Mwema are committed to understanding and repairing the intense trauma our children have experienced.

Key responsibilities

The Chair of the Risk and Governance Committee represents this Committee while sitting on the Board of Directors. The expectation of the duties within this Position Description are not intended to be actioned solely by the Chair of this Committee, but also by the Committee Members in which they manage.

  • Maintain Rafiki Mwema’s risk management system (incl. supporting governance framework) to ensure accurate and up to date identification, analysis, response and monitoring of all risks to avoid or minimise potential impact to Rafiki Mwema
  • Conducting regular risk reviews and risk workshops with critical stakeholders to identify, govern and implement mitigation strategies.
  • Work with all functions across Rafiki Mwema to implement mitigation strategies into the organisation for identified key risks.
  • Point of contact to Ensure correct and up to date plans in place in response to activated risks (and issues)
  • Proactively collaborate with Rafiki Mwema’s Board of Directors to cascade important information and/or changes to risk processes or procedures.
  • Proactively support overall risk awareness and prompt escalation to avoid or minimise impact to Rafiki Mwema.
  • Create and maintain Rafiki Mwema governance matrix and provide training to management and team on the structure and importance of compliance with it.
  • Conduct regular audits to understand communicate and ensure compliance with Rafiki Mwema processes and procedures.
  • Create non-conformance alerts to management so urgent actions may be taken to resolve or mitigate the risks.
  • Maintain awareness of new legislation that requires Rafiki Mwema to adhere with new requirements and regularly update the risk management procedure.
  • Develop best practice and use lessons learned to seek innovation and improvement.
  • Build and maintain key relationships with all stakeholders within Rafiki Mwema to build trust and ensure transparency of risks is shared.

Skills

  • Strong reporting skills and ability to analyse and translate data into action plans
  • Ability to maintain genuine, open and honest communication and communicate necessary information through appropriately established governance forums
  • Knowledge of contract law, administration and financial services
  • Proven leadership, negotiating and lateral thinking skills
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships
  • Ability to adapt to changing and competing priorities
  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail and resolution focused
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Qualifications & Experience

  • Experience in Risk Management across a diverse and large organisation
  • Strong leadership skills with ability to form key working relations with all stakeholders
  • Legal or Commercial drafting experience
  • Developing strategies and implementing into change management processes
  • Must have the following checks or be willing to obtain:
    – Working with Children Check (free for volunteers)
    – National Criminal History Check (at own cost)

Rafiki Mwema encourages and nurtures diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from applicants who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, women and those from diverse backgrounds or life experiences.

All information provided upon application is kept confidential and is used solely for the purpose of assisting Rafiki Mwema in the recruitment process as we endeavor to build strong, diverse teams. We would like to thank all applicants in advance for taking the time to express interest in this role.

How to apply

If you’re excited by the opportunity but unsure if you have the desired skills we’re looking for? We’d love to hear from you! Please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator via email at volunteer@rafikimwema.com

To submit an application please apply here

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