Location: Various Locations in Sierra Leone

The Role:

Street Child is seeking applications for individuals who would like to support the organisation through research in Sierra Leone. This can be an opportunity to broaden your research skills or as part of your University dissertation. Whether you take on an independent research project, support our existing research or assist our monitoring and evaluation team there are many opportunities to get involved in research to help evaluate and further our programmes. 

Supporting the overall effort of making our programmes grounded and led by evidence, this role allows a motivated individual to take on a significant study into a specific area of interest. We are looking for several different types of research to be done, ranging from short and smaller pieces of work to more time-consuming projects. 

Research could be done in one of the following areas:

  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Livelihood/ Family Business Support
  • Street- connected children
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Teaching and Learning

The Organisation:

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. 


  • Strong academic credentials, preferably with a Masters’ degree in a related field
  • Experience with desk based research and preferably some field work experience
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Hard-working, pro-active and professional work ethic
  • Respectful of cultural differences and mindful of the position of a researcher
  • Keen to gain experience working in Africa and be immersed in local culture
  • Independent and able to make decisions with little guidance
  • A strong interest in one or more of the research areas


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.