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Volunteer Opportunity Blockchain- Smart Contracts

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Microfinance volunteers Uganda | Kampala, Uganda
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Microfinance volunteers Uganda


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Published 4 months ago

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)


What are smart contracts?

Smart contracts are lines of code that are stored on a blockchain and automatically execute when predetermined terms and conditions are met. At the most basic level, they are programs that run as they’ve been set up to run by the people who developed them. The benefits of smart contracts are most apparent in business collaborations, in which they are typically used to enforce some type of agreement so that all participants can be certain of the outcome without an intermediary’s involvement.


What is blockchain?

Blockchain is a shared, distributed ledger on which transactions are digitally recorded and linked together so that they provide the entire history or provenance of an asset. A transaction is added to the blockchain only after it has been validated using a consensus protocol, which ensures it is the only version of the truth. Each record is also encrypted to provide an extra layer of security. Blockchain is said to be “immutable” because the records cannot be changed and transparent because all participants to a trade have access to the same version of the truth.


Need for expert in Blockchain technology

Uganda being an agricultural country and with Community Microfinance committed to support farmers, there is need to develop the blockchain technology in farming in Uganda. Community Microfinance is seeking experts in this new field to help set up the technology for its farmers of different crops with the main focus being the Ugandan Pineapples and Chili to start with. These two items are sought after by exporting companies. 


Community Microfinance mission is to “To provide efficient, affordable, innovative and sustainable, customer-focused financial services to the underserved communities in Uganda.” We therefore want to bring technology to help farmers earn a better pay from their hard-earned sweat. We hope to reduce the tendencies of exploitation. 

We also want farmers to give value for money to the end user of the product.


Volunteer Activities

1. Create traceability map in the value chain for Pineapple and Chili for Community Microfinance farmers.

2. Work on properly documenting Blockchain technology for the organization in useable form (Policies and procedures manual)

3. Sensitize the Board, Management and Staff to understand blockchain technology in line with supporting farmers

4. Practical and hands on training of the staff in the practical aspects of using this technology 

5. Develop farmer training manual together with Community Microfinance 

6. Source for funding 

7. Help Community Microfinance link with other players in the traceability map


Who can apply?

This opportunity is for people who has experience in working with blockchain. An entrepreneurial spirit is necessary as well as social and pedagogical skills.


English is the official language in Uganda and you need to be able to use it at a professional level. It is also necessary that you are able to adapt to a different culture and a sometimes much simpler life style than you are used to. This internship program will show you the real Uganda and that involves things such as power outbreaks, cold showers and things taking very much longer time than expected. On the other hand, you will get a unique and memorable experience and new perspectives of life.


Terms and conditions


  • The length of the internship and the number of working hours will be adjusted to your needs. A minimum of eight weeks is required of which four has to be on site, the rest of the internship can be done remotely.
  • The internship is unpaid and you are responsible for covering all costs associated with living in and travel to Uganda. We will help you arrange accommodation in either a host family or at a guest house and will also assist with visas and other practical aspects.
  • After the internship, we will provide you with a letter of recommendation.
  • If the internship is part of your coursework, we will make sure that you fulfill the requirements of your university for getting academic credit.
  • You will work on weekdays during normal office hours. However, we encourage you to travel while in Uganda and schedules are flexible.


Microfinance volunteers Uganda (MFV) is offering people from all over the world the opportunity to serve or work with Ugandan communities; as a part of the small microfinance institution Community Microfinance (CML) or by helping out with some of the many other projects that CML is involved in.

What are smart contracts?

Smart contracts are lines of code that are stored on a blockchain and automatically execute when predetermined terms and conditions are met. At the most basic level, they are programs that run as they’ve been set up to…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Housing Available
  • International Volunteers Welcome

How To Apply

Apply by send an email to musa.nsereko@gmail.com where you present yourself and tell us what you are interested in working wit

Apply by send an email to musa.nsereko@gmail.com where you present yourself and tell us what you are interested in working wit

Location

Nansana Ngabo Stage Nansana Town Council, P O Box 36612 Kampala, Kampala 12345, UG
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