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UN seeks volunteers in bitcoin research and training in Africa

United Nations online volunteering has announced that it is seeking two volunteers or technology geeks to help in research and training two staff members on how to use bitcoins for fundraising.

According to the official announcement, the opportunity is organized by ‘Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement - Sierra Leone’ that aims in seeking new sources of revenue and looking for alternative ways of raising funds by accepting bitcoin donations and expanding its global support base.

The potential volunteers must have strong knowledge of digital currencies, research, IT and above all, must be a tech geek. The training will be in English for the duration of 12 weeks, although volunteers have the option to extend further. The opening is available immediately and the training will take place online through email, hangout, Skype, and Whatsapp. The organization has established an account with Coinbase and accepts donations in bitcoins.

“None of our team members understand the digital currency and how to seek out donations. The successful volunteer will be a teacher and consultant and would not engage in any fundraising. We want to engage people outside the current financial systems as supporters and donors to a worthy cause,” the website stated.

Before applying to the opportunity, the candidate must be sure to have access to the internet and the right tools and regular access to communication devices like smartphone, tablet, and laptop. The person has to decide on how much time can be devoted to online volunteering activities and also be sure about the availability for any teleconferences, meetings or check-ins required by the organization.

Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement is a growing rural community focused initiative founded by Abu-Hassan (Askia) Koroma to engage the youth in the renaissance of Sierra Leone. The mission of AYM is to bring people and resources together to reverse the social and economic marginalization of Sierra Leone through community development programs.

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