Volunteer Opportunity

Equipment Coordinator

TReND in Africa - Teaching and Research in Natural sciences for Development in Africa

Published 1 month ago

One time only
December 18, 2020
3:25pm GMT
February 10, 2021
5:00pm GMT
A few hours

About TReND

TReND is a NGO supporting scientific capacity building across Africa. We run cutting edge biomedical training courses, provide universities with scientific equipment, run academic volunteering and outreach schemes, and support and work with African researchers.

Many researchers in Africa have ideas that could lead to life-changing discoveries. Many of these researchers attend top-level international courses and lab exchanges in the USA or Europe and come back with knowledge on how to make them happen. However, they often face the hard reality that their home institution lacks the facilities required to carry out the necessary experiments. We aim at helping them by establishing top-level research facilities across the continent.

We collect fully functioning second-hand equipment from universities all around the globe, and we distribute this equipment to African universities who request that type of equipment.

Unlike other donation programmes our donations always come with how-to knowledge, and we keep track that the equipment donated is being put to good use.

As anyone who works in a Western lab will know, there is usually a huge amount of unused but perfectly working equipment sitting on shelves or storage facilities, gathering dust. At the same time, the African university landscape is ever-expanding, yet often chronically underfunded. Therefore, our distribution model is massively scalable, all we need is more volunteers pulling together to locate equipment and coordinate the shipments.

Job Title: Equipment coordinator

Hours of voluntary work required to be useful: approximately 2 hours per week

Job Purpose:

We are currently seeking to appoint an equipment coordinator volunteer to help with our vision in getting the best equipment to African universities. If you would like to be part of something new, then please apply for this role. The previous volunteer holding this post will be happy to give more details in a call. The TReND team is a closely knitted group of volunteers that regularly interact online, working towards common goals from our respective countries.

Responsibilities Include

  • Engaging with a global network of volunteers working at research centres worldwide to identify equipment donation opportunities and coordinate these donations
  • Engaging with Pan-African contacts located at different African universities and research centres to understand their needs and match these with equipment available for donations.
  • Updating TReND’s equipment list, including on-boarding and recording of new equipment and tracking of equipment donations 
  • Coordinate equipment donations between donors and receivers, including scheduling of shipments as well as obtaining shipping quotes and selection of vendors

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master or PhD in a biological scientific discipline a plus
  • Prior equipment or lab-based experience would be advantageous
  • Excellent spoken and written english skills.
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Office tools and systems administration) and management of databases
  • Team player with good communication skills
  • Previous experience with working with African universities is a plus
  • Project management skills
  • Currently employed by a University is an advantage 
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently
  • High organisational skills


How to apply

To be considered for the role click on the apply button above and submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your motivation to apply for this opportunity, commitment to volunteering and how you meet the requirements for the role. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us on

TReND in Africa is fully committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in our sector.  We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who volunteer for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). 

Closing date: 10/02/2021

Interviews: TBC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

About TReND

TReND is a NGO supporting scientific capacity building across Africa. We run cutting edge biomedical training courses, provide universities with scientific equipment, run academic volunteering and outreach schemes, and…

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