Become a Volunteer

Background:

HARDA is currently administered and managed entirely by a volunteer workforce. If you are interested in joining our volunteer workforce please drop us an email at harda@harda.org.au.

Currently we need volunteer mentors and a computer skills teacher for our Jobs for African Migrants Program.

Volunteer Mentors

Mentors will work one-on-one with a job seeker, providing essential support to African migrants, primarily women who are former refugees from South Sudan, who are now permanent residents or Australian citizens. They come from difficult circumstances and disadvantage (war, refugee camps etc.) and many have low levels of literacy and computer skills. While most have good spoken English, many will require a lot of hands-on support as literacy competency varies across the cohort. They seek long-term employment in Australia, then ongoing support.

This role can be done on Tuesday mornings at Homebush West  or remotely. However, a face to face meeting is required initially and then on an at needs basis.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Identifying expertise, abilities, interests and work readiness of job seeker mentee
  • Supporting mentee through the job application process
  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Referring mentee for training and other services as needed
  • Helping those less computer literate with online job applications and job search
  • Using your networks and experience to help mentee gain work or work experience
  • Providing interview preparation when needed
  • Helping those less literate with pre employment documentation
  • Supporting mentee in the first couple of months of employment

Skills Required:

  • Applicants should have had at least 5 years of employment experience, preferably in Australia
  • Excellent communication skills, including cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Patience, flexibility and willingness to develop a sound understanding of the challenges faced by participants both in their past and in Australia, and resulting barriers to employment to be overcome
  • Computer skills (confidence in using the internet for job applications, job search and research, emails, Word etc.)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on extra tasks as appropriate  (such as helping with training or orientation modules for p
  • Ability to adhere to policies in relation to code of conduct, boundaries and confidentiality
  • Experience working with people from various backgrounds and cultures would be helpful but not required.
Time Required
2.5 + hours per week on Tuesdays 10am – 12.30pm or remotely on a day mutually agreed.
 
Benefits:
  • The satisfaction of having a positive impact, indeed often a life changing one, on someone who has come from difficult circumstances
  • Meeting interesting people, both mentors and participants, from diverse backgrounds, including some inspiring people
  • Hearing the stories of people who have had to overcome many challenges, often one’s well outside our experience
  • Enjoy the challenge of helping someone overcome the barriers to employment.

 

Training

The volunteer will be in a supported environment. They will also be part of a group of volunteers who meet weekly allowing collaboration and ongoing learning.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fulfilling and rewarding role please drop us an email anytime at employment@harda.org.au.


Computer skills teacher

Harda is also recruiting a computer skills techaer. This role involves teaching basic computer skills to African Migrants as part of our Jobs for African Migrants.

Duties and Skills required

The volunteer will teach a small number of  participants basic computer skills i.e. how to use a computer, the internet and possibly the basics of standard computer packages such as Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.

It is preferable for the volunteer to have some experience in teaching/adult education and obviously good computer skills are a pre-requisite, with qualifications or a working background in this area highly regarded. Good written and spoken English is required.

Time Required
1.5 hours per week, either on Tuesdays 10am – 12.30pm.

The classes will run  as part of the Jobs for African Migrant – please see the mentor role above for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fulfilling and rewarding role please drop us an email anytime at employment@harda.org.au.

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Volunteers with experience and expertise are also wanted for the following positions:

Development Officer & Fund raising

This position could involve as few as five hours per week in the first instance but it is envisaged that it may eventually involve up to fifteen hours which could be provided on a ‘job shared’ basis. In addition to providing services directly to HARDA the volunteer may be asked to assist participating member organisations from time to time.

Volunteers should be aware that because of its limited financial resources at this stage of its development HARDA is restricted to fund raising strategies which involve little or no outlay ‘up front’.

It will be important that the development officer works as part of the volunteer secretariat team, but s/he may elect to perform much of the work from her/his home office. Experience, a successful background in fundraising and a commitment to HARDA’s humanitarian mission are essential.