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Skills needed

These professions are most commonly requested by our overseas partners. Most assignments require qualifications and demonstrated professional experience.

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Agriculture qualifications and experience can take you to farming cooperatives or non-governmental organisations to share knowledge with counterparts, develop marketing strategies, organise farming networks, or advise on farm management.

You can also share their knowledge with farmers' groups or farmers to increase food production while promoting environmental conservation practices.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Agronomists
  • Agricultural Extension Officers
  • Agricultural Scientists
  • Agri-business Advisers
  • Agroforesters
  • Fisheries Advisers
  • Horticulturalists
  • Permaculturists
  • Research & Policy Advisers
  • Veterinarians

Business, Marketing & Tourism

Your business acumen or marketing skills can change lives. You could be helping organisations that provide vital social services to access new funding, communicate with the people who need them, or raise awareness of important health issues such as HIV/AIDS.

Tourism professionals can help create new streams of income by tapping into responsible and eco-tourism opportunities. Your experience in developing tourism projects can lead you to the most picturesque and unique locations on the planet.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Business Managers
  • Small Business Advisers
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Hospitality Trainers
  • Tourism Advisers

Community & Social Development

Take your Community and Social Development skills overseas and work with leading international NGOs or make your mark with local non-government organisations that are creating an impact at the grassroots level. Help advocate, develop programs, monitor and evaluate success.

People with social work experience are often recruited to work with vulnerable groups or as community development officer in the field of disability.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Community Development Advisers
  • Disaster Management Advisers
  • Gender & Development Advisers
  • Logistics Officers
  • Museum Curators
  • Policy & Planning Advisers
  • Project Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Sociologists
  • Youth Workers

Education & Training

Your skills can increase education opportunities for children and adults. By training local teachers, developing curriculum and materials, or teaching English to speakers of other languages, your impact will be much broader than one classroom or one subject.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Curriculum Development Advisers
  • Educational Counsellors
  • English Language & ESL Teachers
  • Librarians
  • Teacher Trainers
  • Tertiary Lecturers
  • Sports Coaches
  • Vocational Instructors

Engineering & Architecture

Engineers are often involved in water and sanitation projects, to develop counterpart skills in water and sanitation technologies, advise on improvements to water and sanitation facilities, and assist communities access resources.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Cartographers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Engineering Advisers
  • GIS Specialists
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Land Use Planners
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Water Engineers

Accounting & Finance

Accounting & Finance skills are always in high demand by the diverse range of organisations with which AVI works. Volunteers with finance and economics backgrounds ensure the limited resources of local organisations are at full capacity, help strengthen accountability and institute reporting standards. AVI also have a need for volunteers with a background in the implementation and training in Finance systems.

Related roles we are currently recruiting for include:

  • Finance Systems Mentor
  • Accounting & Human Resource Systems Mentor
  • Internal Audit & Finance - Microfinance
  • Finance & Small Business Adviser


From nutritionists to midwives, obstetricians to health managers, AVI has a range of opportunities for health professionals to work overseas.

Check out our health assignments and see where you can take your skills.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Epidemiologists
  • General Practitioners
  • Health Educators
  • Health Promotion Advisers
  • HIV/AIDS Advisers and Counsellors
  • General Practitioners
  • Midwives
  • Nurses & Nurse Educators
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational and Speech Therapists
  • Paediatricians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetists & Orthotists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Public Health Specialists (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Radiographers
  • Surgeons

Human Resources

Volunteers with Human Resources and Organisational Development skills play an important role in supporting and enhancing the work of community and non-government organisations overseas.

Currently we have a high demand for volunteers in Africa and The Pacific who are highly skilled in the areas of:

  • Organisational Development
  • Management Trainers (HR & OD)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Change Management

Information Technology

As the world goes online, IT skills are needed more than ever. Develop software, create websites, conduct project analysis and scoping, and train local staff. Importantly, share your knowledge with your counterparts and help more people get involved in the online environment.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Applications Developers
  • Computer Trainers
  • Computer Technicians
  • IT Lecturers
  • IT Support Advisers
  • Help Desk Officers
  • Systems Administrators
  • Web Developers

Law & Justice

We continually work with our overseas partners to identify new initiatives and project opportunities within the law & justice sector, however currently there are only limited opportunities available in this sector.

Some examples of roles we recruit for include:

  • Human Rights Mentors
  • Lawyers & Legal Advisers
  • Legal Educators
  • Legal Policy Advisers
  • Legal Project Mentors

Management, Administration & Library


Volunteers with general management skills often play vital roles in the advancement of community and non-government organisations that are seeking to take the next step in their development. Volunteers will work towards strengthening civil society by improving capacity.

Current management related roles include:

  • Management Trainer and Organisation Development Adviser
  • Program Officer
  • Fundraising and Organisation Development Mentor
  • Strategy and Management Mentor


Librarians are urgently sought by several universities, government agencies and non-government organisations. You will be working closely with local counterparts to identify solutions for records management and developing creative ways of sharing information.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Administrative Systems Advisers
  • Archivists
  • General Managers
  • Human Resources Advisers
  • Librarians
  • Management Advisers
  • Office Administrators
  • Policy & Planning Advisers
  • Public Sector Managers

Media, Communications, Art & Design

Media, communications, and art and design volunteers work in partnership with local counterparts and agencies to mutually enhance skills and knowledge. You may find yourself helping to influence public debate or playing a major role in making global and local issues accessible to disenfranchised audiences.

Occasionally, volunteers experienced in textiles and the arts are requested. Positions do vary quite substantially, however all have a common goal of strengthening the capacity of the local community and/or enhancing business opportunities.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Art & Craft Designers
  • Art & Craft Marketing Advisers
  • Audiovisual Specialists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Journalists & Editors
  • Performing Artists
  • Radio/Television Producers & Broadcasters
  • Translators & Interpreters

Natural Sciences & Environment

AVI volunteers with natural sciences/environment backgrounds often find themselves working in assignments involving research activities, improvement of agroforesty practices, environmental education, sustainable utilisation of wetland forest ecosystems, and preservation of biodiversity.

Environmental volunteers may work at the local or municipal government level advocating the sustainable use of resources or supporting communities on environmental planning and awareness.

Volunteers work with limited resources and must be resourceful in their approach to incorporating and promoting local cultural customs. Many environmental positions have a strong teaching component, and therefore experience in designing educational activities and teaching within this field is highly desirable. This training is typically delivered to local counterparts and may also incorporate partner organisations.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Botanists & Plant Scientists
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental Educators
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Policy Advisers
  • Marine Biologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Zoologists

Skilled Trades

AVI is asked to find a number of skilled tradespeople for a range of roles.  While there is often a ready supply of skilled tradespeople in our partner countries, there is sometimes a need for general or specific trades or trades training skills that cannot be met locally.

All assignments involve passing on skills to local people and encouraging good practices.  It's more a matter of working alongside and building skills than of getting in to finish a job - though this is often needed too.

We regularly receive requests for tradespeople to help vocational training organisations.  These requests come from Host Organisations in countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea seeking volunteer builders, carpenters, bricklayers, electricians, mechanics, and agriculture trainers.

As an example of other types of roles, construction supervisors are often required to manage a construction site (e.g. rebuilding of a school) and the training of a local counterpart to eventually take over all or part of this role. Such roles are increasingly common in areas where major rebuilding works are required.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Bricklayers & Builders
  • Carpenters & Joiners
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Mechanical Workshop Supervisors
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Water Supply Technicians
  • Alternative Technology Advisers
  • Trades Trainers/Vocational Education Trainers

Special Education & Disability

AVI volunteers with special education or experience working with people with disabilities are often highly sought after and highly valued in the countries where we work. People with disabilities in developing countries often have limited access to care, resources and education, so workers in these fields can make valuable contributions to both lives and attitudes.

Related roles we recruit for:

  • Special educators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Paralympics sports coach