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Communications Volunteer

Posted 5 months ago

Locations: Sierra Leone & Uganda
Dates: Very flexible
Duration: 4-12 weeks

The focus of Street Child’s work is to provide access to education for vulnerable children living in some of the toughest places in the world. As a Communications Volunteer, you will be capturing stories from the field to create compelling content for the Street Child portfolio that may be published across our own and national media platforms (to see previous Street Child coverage click here). You will also be helping to train our local partners on case study writing and photography, and following a successful review of your placement, we are happy to lend your endorsement and references where needed. Working alongside the local  team, your key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Collecting and consolidating data from the field in the form of case studies, reports, written and visual content for marketing purposes
  • Building the visual media library, including photographs and video footage
  • Providing training to local partners on case study writing, photography and marketing
  • Writing country and programme specific updates and content for Street Child website
  • Liaising with Street Child UK and in-country teams on supply and demand of content

A fundraising commitment is also required of successful applicants, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK. For those who reach their targets, there is the opportunity to have the costs of your flights covered. Participants will also be invited to a training day in February 2019, with a senior member of our Programmes Team & the Head of Fundraising at Street Child’s Head Office in London. 

  • A degree or professional experience in journalism, documentary filmmaking, photojournalism or other relevant subjects
  • A demonstrable ability in communications
  • Experience in photography and your own equipment
  • Excellent 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 startup environment
  • Thoughtful, resourceful, reflective, and eager to learn
  • Culturally responsive and respectful
  • Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector

While you must be flexible and willing to adapt to where the need is greatest, you will also have the opportunity to shape your own experience according to your own skills, knowledge and goals. 

Successful applicants must be prepared to live and work in very basic conditions. Once in country there is a fixed daily cost covering accommodation and any work related travel. A more detailed breakdown of costs and expenses will be provided for those applicants selected for an interview.

A fundraising commitment for the charity is required. Successful applicants will be assigned a fundraising mentor who is on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have as well as providing ideas, advice and support to help you reach your target.

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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Sierra Leone & Uganda