VOLUNTEER POSITION as Research and Projects Volunteer – Street Child of Sri Lanka 125 views

VOLUNTEER POSITION as Research and Projects Volunteer – Street Child of Sri Lanka

  • Added Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 31 December 2019
  • Organization: Street Child
  • Country: Sri Lanka
  • City: Batticaloa
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  • Location: Batticaloa

    Dates: June onwards (Flexible)

    Duration: 8-12 weeks

    Focus: Marginalised & Rural Communities


    Street Child is looking for individuals with some experience in project management or research who hope to continue their professional development in the the development sector by undertaking an international volunteering role in Sri Lanka. Working alongside the local team, your key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

    • Coordinate primary and secondary research using bespoke methodologies for research with children, their communities and other relevant stakeholders

    • Conducting literature reviews on assigned issues and proposing frameworks for how these issues can be understood.

    • Collect, analyse and interpret data (qualitative and quantitative) to produce insights into relevant development issues

    • Creating research papers based on data collected from the field, which may be published and will form the basis of future initiatives with Street Child and our partners.

    • Where necessary, oversee the implementation of projects; including travel to field sites.

    • Monitoring and evaluation the progress of projects to ensure they are or 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 funding proposals to these organisations as required.

    A fundraising commitment is also required of successful applicants, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK. For those who reach their targets, there is the opportunity to have the costs of your flights covered. Participants will also be invited to a training day in February 2019, with a senior member of our Programmes Team & the Head of Fundraising at Street Child’s Head Office in London.


    • Culturally responsive and respectful

    • A strong academic record

    • Experience working in project management, research and/or in the development sector

    • Ability to adapt and align with organisational objectives and ways of working

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    • Extremely independent and capable of proactive work plan management

    • Flexible, adaptable and able to thrive in a startup environment

    • Thoughtful, resourceful, reflective, and eager to learn

    • Professional and diligent in presentation and conduct

    • Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector


    The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in very basic conditions with limited access to electricity, running water and wifi.

    Every intern 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 8€ and 11€, 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 international interns to fundraise 1200€.

    Fundraising is an important part of working in the international developmental sector. We see it as an important experience and part of the internship that a Street Child International Intern gets to see and experience this side of daily work in an NGO.

    Our projects are only possible because of the money we fundraise. Asking for a fundraising commitment has proven to be a great way to both make sure that an intern’s time in country leaves a lasting impact and grows awareness of the problems Street Child is working hard to address. 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 the fundraising goal as well as accompany and support the intern throughout every step in the fundraising process, while giving valuable insights!


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