Research volunteer – Street Child in Sri Lanka

THE ROLE Street Child is calling for individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking a voluntary research role in Sri Lanka. Street Child is currently seeking to conduct research on a number of issues affecting marginalised children in Sri Lanka, to inform the design and development of appropriate projects and initiatives. 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 Sri Lanka to access a meaningful education.

Street Child offers placements for anywhere between four to twelve weeks, supporting our work in Sri Lanka. Working alongside the Street Child of Sri Lanka team, key responsibilities will include –

● Conducting literature reviews on assigned issues and proposing frameworks for how the issues can be understood within the context of Street Child’s vision and mission ● Conducting primary and secondary research at field sites using bespoke methodologies and methods, including appropriate tools for research with children, their communities and other relevant stakeholders ● Creating research papers with recommendations for Street Child and relevant stakeholders; these papers will form the basis for future research and initiatives

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the development sector through an immersive experience, and to make a lasting contribution to Street Child and its aim to offer educational access to out of school children all over the world.

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.

Street Child is currently expanding its operations to Sri Lanka, in an attempt to serve increasing numbers of children in need. Whilst now ranked as a middle-income country by the World Bank and classed by the United Nations Development Programme as a “high” bracket country within its Human Development Index, Sri Lanka faces very specific challenges when it comes to providing quality education to all sections of its population, with significant disparities found in educational access and attainment across the country’s regions.

Street Child is in the process of establishing itself in Sri Lanka, and is seeking flexible, adaptable and independent individuals who can thrive in an unstructured “start-up” environment to assist with its work. As a volunteer, you will be part of an exciting stage of the organisation’s growth, and will be working closely with the Street Child of Sri Lanka team and partner organisations to support the design and development of emerging programs and the delivery of project pilots.


Street Child of Sri Lanka
● A research degree with a strong academic record ● 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.

Please send your cover letter and CV to outlining your experience, interest in the placement and availability.

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