NGO Administration

  • Volunteer to help administrate and manage this growing and ambitious non-profit organisation
  • Identify sources of additional funding and write funding proposals to support activities
  • Develop improved reporting and processes to help better coordinate with partners, donors and staff
  • Suitable for a career break volunteer, with HR or office management experience, or an advanced student in international development

Project summary

Volunteer in NGO management

This charitable trust focuses on women’s empowerment, offering a range of services to some of the most vulnerable groups, including the Dalit community of Jodhpur.

The trust uses a number of empowerment centres distributed in the local community to engage women and girls in vocational training and free education, as well as operating Helpline services, counselling and even micro-finance initiatives.

The organisation has a growing local staff team, plus volunteers to augment their teachers. They are recognised as having Special Consultative Status by the UN and have affiliated charities and foundations supporting them in Europe. The trust also retails the goods produced in the women’s sewing centres, in a small shop in town as well as internationally through friends and associates of the trust.

All this means there is a great deal of administration and management demanded of this successful, growing organisation, and the trust would like to find a volunteer to help them develop their administrative and management capabilities.

At the sharp end this translates into needing to identify additional sources of funds and writing funding proposals. Partners and donors justifiably request insight and evidence as to how their funds are being used and the outcomes, which calls for good report writing skills backed by good processes.

Outreach International have been specifically asked to look for a volunteer to fulfil this role. This role would suit a mature volunteer, perhaps with experience in a HR or commercial management, or an advanced student of international development studies who has already some experience of international NGOs.

Volunteer roles and responsibilities

Volunteer NGO administrator


Volunteers will work with the project leader to determine the scope and goals of the volunteer placement, according to the needs at the time.

You will need to fully understand the work the trust does, which will necessarily mean visiting and getting involved with all the different elements of the organisation, as well as building good relations with the local management team and trustees.

Identifying new potential sources of funding, writing funding proposals, developing in-house reporting and measuring outcomes to support such proposals are all essential parts of the role.

Volunteers will be based in the main project office in Jodhpur.

How you can make a difference

This organisation is successful both in terms of the local outcomes it is generating and the international reputation it is achieving.

Like any growing enterprise it needs management and administrative processes to continue achieving its goals, and this experience is not available locally.

Volunteers will make a difference by bringing in commercial / administrative skills that can help maintain the funding and focus of the organisation, leaving behind a more robust organisation as their legacy.

What is distinctive about this project

This volunteer placement, working alongside the local management of this NGO, provides a rare opportunity to utilise commercial skills in an overseas non-profit organisation.

Volunteers will gain an insight into the trust’s work in women’s empowerment, as well as a cultural experience of working in India. Not least, however, this volunteer placement offers career break volunteers the opportunity to better understand the challenges and opportunities of working in the non-profit sector.


blue tiger features

India is one of the most magnetic traveler destinations, attracting both new and returning visitors who can’t escape its attractions.

It can be a challenging country, however, and working in the management and administration of the organisation will enable you to witness first hand the cultural and behavioural differences that are at times charming, and at other times bemusing.

The wonderful colours, smells, noises and tastes that make up the very fabric of India are persistent. You will rarely forget where you are. The people are charming, the environment safe, and Rajasthan is enchanting in a way that is hard to define. The project is well organised for volunteers and rewarding for those who want to taste the delights of India.


The project operates all year round, with the exception of short local holidays and reduced activity during the peak summer heat in May/June.


The project leadership team and most of the staff speak good English. Proposals to partners and NGOs are written in English, so you should have a confident written style and be comfortable using a computer.

Experience required

To be of real value in this role you should have experience of either administrating / managing an office or department, that has given you the confidence to review ‘how things’ are done with a view to making improvements. You will need to have good English and report/proposal writing skills, with some documents needing to be submitted to the UN, NGO partners or donors.

Academic knowledge of NGOs, their operation and funding would also be of value, if you can evidence the ability to turn this into practical activities.

Good to know

The volunteers stay in a comfortable guesthouse run by the Trust, in a quiet suburb of Jodhpur. The food is prepared to a good standard, minimising some of the predictable dietary worries, but expect curry twice a day. The guesthouse provides a place of quiet respite and a good social hang-out for volunteers planning weekend trips. There is even a sports club next door.

Price table

2 months3 months4 months5 months6 months

Includes: comprehensive travel insurance, full pre-trip preparation and ongoing UK support, airport transfers, guesthouse accommodation* and three meals each day, daily transport to projects, Outreach T-shirt
Does not include: flights, visa, vaccinations

*based on single room on 1st floor of guesthouse (small discounts are available for sharing/ground floor)

Things to see and do

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Sardar market
  • The old town
  • Rajasthan

Country co-ordinator

Govind Rathore

Govind is the founder of the Trust that we support in Rajasthan, supporting the women and children of the Dalit community through a range of empowerment centres, door-step schools, outreach and counselling services. Govind speaks excellent English and runs a professional team of local staff and volunteers based in Jodhpur.  

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