Street Child is currently recruiting volunteers to conduct research alongside our Programmes Teams in Africa and South Asia.

DATES: 5-12 weeks, to start April 2019 onwards (negotiable)


LOCATIONS: Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nepal and Sri Lanka

This placement is a unique opportunity to take a front-line role in field research and programmes, and gain in depth experience of working within an international development organisation. You will be building the skills and experience you will need for a career in this sector, and 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 children.

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

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We are currently recruiting volunteers to conduct research and programmes support on the following programmes:


Sierra Leone:

  • Education development in the most isolated rural communities

  • Family planning and teenage pregnancy support

  • Business support for disaster-affected families in Freetown

  • Income generating initiatives for rural schools


Having launched in Uganda early 2018, and recently initiated a pilot project, Street Child’s team needs support in the following areas of work:

  • Emergency education for refugee settlements

  • Capacity building for our local partners in Kampala who are supporting urban refugees

  • Education development for forgotten rural communities

Sri Lanka:

  • Disaster risk resilience

  • Early childhood development

  • Teacher training


  • 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!