Location: Various Locations in urban and rural Sierra Leone 

The Role:

Street Child is calling for individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking a communications volunteer role in Sierra Leone. This placement is a unique opportunity to make a critical contribution to an organisation that is setting up and scaling its efforts to enable out of school children in Sierra Leone to access meaningful education.

Street Child offers placements for four to twelve weeks, supporting our work in Sierra Leone and the work of our partner organisations. Working alongside the Street Child of Sierra Leone team, key responsibilities will include:

  • Collating case studies from the various Street Child projects in rural and urban Sierra Leone 
  • Building the visual media library of Sierra Leone, including photographs and film footage for marketing purposes
  • Training local staff on case study writing and photography
  • Collecting, consolidating and analysing data from the field
  • Collaborating with local partners and stakeholders
  • Liaising between local and international partners 
  • Drafting clear and effective written content for the Street Child website to build awareness of the work of Street Child of Sierra Leone
  • This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the development sector through an immersive experience, and to make a lasting contribution to the organisation and its aim to offer educational access to out of school children all over the world.

The Charity:

Street Child's aim is to create educational opportunities for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We began our work in 2008 in Sierra Leone working with a small number of street children, nine years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 50,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal. In 2017 we launched our first project in Nigeria helping children impacted by conflict in the North East of the country.

Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Our research indicates that there are around 50,000 children relying upon the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival. During the Ebola crisis, Street Child supported close to 18,500 orphans with humanitarian aid and rehoming support. By empowering children by giving them the chance to go to school – and giving their families the wherewithal to keep them there – Street Child is one of the most impactful charities working in the region today. 

Qualifications:

  • A degree in journalism, marketing, media studies, or other relevant subjects or a proven ability in communications 
  • Experience in photography is desirable
  • 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 start-up environment 
  • Thoughtful, resourceful, reflective, and eager to learn  
  • Culturally responsive and respectful
  • Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector

Terms:

The successful applicant must be prepared to live and work in austere conditions when required, 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.  

A fundraising commitment will be required of the successful applicant, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK staff. Flights and food are at the applicant’s own expense. Accommodation will be provided by Street Child at a fixed cost, and will require sharing rooms with another volunteer of any gender. A detailed breakdown of costs and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for interview.

Whilst this is initially a voluntary role, for applicants with relevant experience who have the ability to add strategic value, there is potential to attain a more permanent position with the organisation. 

Application Process:

Please send your cover letter and CV to IntVol@street-child.co.uk outlining your experience, interest in the placement and availability.