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Social Enterprise Volunteer

Posted 5 months ago

Location: Sierra Leone and Uganda
Dates: Very Flexible
Duration: 4-12 weeks

Do you have expertise from the world of business that could help us further develop our social enterprise ventures?

Street Child are looking for people with relevant experience to undertake a voluntary entrepreneurial role. Street Child Commercial was established in Sierra Leone in 2011 as a unique fundraising stream whereby a series of shops and café bars create a sustainable source of profit which is re-invested in our projects in the country. Street Child Commercial is now seeking new avenues for expansion and growth of profits in Sierra Leone

Responsibilities will include:

  • Researching new market opportunities 
  • Assessing the commercial viability of potential new enterprise projects
  • Analysing the profitability of existing enterprises and seeking opportunities for growth
  • Developing and implementing viable expansion plans alongside the local management team
  • Supporting the Street Child Commercial team on improvements within the existing project

You will have the opportunity to shape your own experience according to your skills, knowledge and goals. This is a unique chance to make a difference to the organisation and its aim to empower children through education.

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 business related degree with a strong academic record  
  • Experience working on a social enterprise is preferred but not essential 
  • Highly self-motivated and proactive, with the ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to thrive in a startup environment
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to plan and implement plans in a structured manner
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent English, both oral and written
  • Independent and able to make decisions with little guidance
  • Ability to be flexible and to work outside of your specific duties when needed, have fun and laugh along with a sometimes unpredictable environment
  • An interest in Africa, international affairs and/or international development would be of benefit.
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 and Uganda