Street Child is calling for individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking a voluntary communications role in Sierra Leone.
Street Child is calling for individuals hoping to gain valuable experience in the development sector by undertaking a voluntary communications role in Sierra Leone. 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 Liberia to access a meaningful education. Street Child offers placements for anywhere between four to twelve weeks, supporting our work in Liberia and the work of our partner organisations. Working alongside the Street Child of Sierra Leone team, key responsibilities will include:
This role represents a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a dynamic charity with a passion for innovation within the sector. The successful candidate’s work will contribute towards our commitment to creating positive change for some of the world’s most vulnerable children and provide a superb platform for further career development.
We began our work in Sierra Leone working with a small number of street children, nine years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than fifty thousand children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal. This year, 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.
The ideal candidate would have the following:
Prior experience of digital marketing, managing social media content or working with online media outlets preferred. A working knowledge of design software packages (esp. Photoshop) and a flair for design would be a distinct advantage, but not essential for an otherwise excellent candidate looking to develop in this area and with strong interpersonal skills.
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 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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