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VOLUNTEER POSITION as Research and Projects Volunteer

from Street Child
Closing date: 15 Jan 2019

Location: Rural and urban areas of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Uganda, Nepal or Sri Lanka

Dates: Very Flexible

Duration: 5-12 weeks


Street Child is looking for individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking an international volunteering role in countries that we currently operate.

121 million school-aged children are currently out of education worldwide, mainly in the world’s poorest, most fragile and disaster-hit countries. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn. Street Child recognizes that the barriers to education are complex and interlinked, and our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihoods support to address the social, economic and structural issues that underpin today’s learning crisis.

We offer placements for 5 to 12 weeks, supporting work in our country offices as well as in the field (when required) where we collaborate with local partner organisations. Working alongside the local team, your key responsibilities will include but are not limited to –

● Helping coordinate primary and secondary research using bespoke methodologies and methods, including appropriate tools for research with children, their communities and other relevant stakeholders

● Conducting literature reviews on assigned issues, proposing frameworks for how these issues can be understood within Street Child

● Collect, analyse and interpret data (qualitative and quantitative) from the research

● Creating/ reviewing research papers with recommendations for Street Child and relevant stakeholders; these papers will form the basis for future research and initiatives

● Supporting the design and delivery of projects; including travel to the field sites where necessary

● Monitoring and evaluating the progress of projects to ensure they are on target to reach the outlined timeframes and intended impact

● Liaising and working in collaboration with local partners and stakeholders

● Identifying potential local and international funders and writing in depth funding proposals to these organisations as required


● Strong academic background in relevant field

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills

● Professional and diligent in presentation and conduct

● Independent and capable of proactive work plan management with minimal support

● Flexible, adaptable and able to thrive in a sometimes start-up environment

● Thoughtful, resourceful, reflective, and eager to learn

● Culturally responsive and respectful

● Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector


The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in very basic conditions, and to travel independently to urban, rural and remote project sites. The applicant must be able to manage his or her work plan and report regularly to the team on progress, and will be considered a valued member of the team.
Every volunteer has to cover their own costs for flights, vaccinations and visa. Once in country there is a fixed daily cost covering accommodation and any work related travel, ranging between 6€ and 12€, depending on the respective project. A more detailed breakdown of costs and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for an interview.

We ask all our volunteers to fundraise 1200€.
Our projects are only possible because of all the money we fundraise and this method has proven itself to be an effective tool to achieve a lasting impact of each volunteer’s time in their respective project.
To read more about why we ask for a fundraising commitment click here.
Every successful applicant will work together with one of our experienced fundraising mentors, who will provide all the information and material necessary to reach our fundraising goal as well as accompany and help the volunteer throughout every step in the fundraising process!

How to apply:

Please send your Cover Letter and CV to outlining your experience, interest in the placement and availability.