Street Child is seeking volunteers to undertake important research to help support our current and future projects.

DATES: 5-12 weeks, starting March onwards (negotiable)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15th February 2018

LOCATIONS: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal, Uganda, Sri Lanka

This placement is a unique opportunity to take a frontline role in helping to launch new programmes research, and support an international development organisation in the field. You will be gaining the skills and experience you will need for a career in the sector. For those already in the sector, this will be an excellent chance to make a strategic contribution to a charity working to provide meaningful education for some of the world’s most marginalised and vulnerable communities.

Please see below for roles and requirements or apply now...

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We are currently recruiting volunteers to conduct research for the following list of programmes:





Sierra Leone:

  • Post-crisis education and child protection (namely Ebola and the Civil War)

  • Family planning in vulnerable communities

  • Ministry of Education schools programme


  • Children’s Rights advocacy in rural and urban communities across Liberia

  • Education reviews

  • Community Mapping

Sri Lanka:

  • Disaster risk resilience

  • Early childhood development

  • Teacher training


We are launching programmes in a new country, and so we need volunteers to conduct in-depth research to help inform the future of Street Child Uganda, with a focus on:

  • The refugee crisis in Northern Uganda

  • Street-connected children in urban communities


  • Scoping research into education in migrant communities

  • Girls’ education in an ethnically marginalised group in rural Nepal

  • Community engagement in a post-emergency context (earthquakes in 2015)

We  are focused on responding to the immediate need on the ground, and so these roles may be subject to change. Volunteers must therefore be flexible and willing to adapt to support where the need is greatest.



  • Very strong academic background - a research degree preferred

  • Previous primary and/or secondary research experience is preferred but not necessary

  • Professional and diligent in presentation with excellent written and communication skills

  • Independent, proactive and resourceful

  • Flexible and adaptable

  • Ability to thrive in a start-up environment

  • Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector


We will strive to review every application we receive, and shortlisted applicants will then be invited to interview over the phone or in person. Depending on volunteers' preferences, interests and background, we aim to match successful applicants with the relevant research placement. Our in-country teams will then review applications before placement confirmation.

Application deadline is 15th February, however, placements will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis. The application process shouldn't take longer than a week to complete. 


For more information please email


We look forward to hearing from you!