Research Volunteer

Sierra Leone

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Research could be done in one of the following areas:

  • Gender

  • Disability

  • Livelihood/ Family Business Support

  • Street- connected children

  • Evaluation Methods

  • Teaching and Learning 

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LOCATION: Various locations in Sierra Leone

DATES: Flexible

DURATION: 4-12 weeks

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. 


  • 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. 


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