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Asia and Middle East Programmes Assistant – London (Voluntary)

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: War Child

Posted on: October 24, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity description

About War Child UK

War Child is an award winning international charity which works with local partner organisations to support children acutely affected by conflict. War hits children the hardest. This is fundamentally wrong and outrages us. War Child believes that something can be done about this. War Child helps provide protection for children who are acutely marginalised by the effects of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. As well as being known for working in the world's most dangerous war zones, War Child is famous for its association with the music industry - having broken records and boasting award winning albums. To learn more visit

War Child is currently looking for an exceptional Programmes Assistant Volunteer – Asia and Middle East to providesupport to our programmes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Jordan. The role will be managed by the Programme Development Coordinator (PDC) for Asia/Middle East.

Role description

  • Research and Development

Our field based work needs to be complemented by quality desk research. The Programmes Assistant Volunteer will be conducting research for website copy, reports and new institutional proposals.

  • Proposal Writing and Reporting

Most of War Child's funding for projects comes from institutional donors and partners such as the European Commission, UNICEF and Comic Relief. We also approach trusts and foundations for matched funding and to fund small complementary projects. The Programmes Assistant Volunteer will:

  • Participate in the project design phase of proposal development
  • Liaise with the field teams in order to gather information for concept notes, proposals and reports
  • Contribute content to and proofread proposals and reports for a variety of donors

  • Internal Communications and Information Systems

Effective management information systems are crucial for monitoring, reporting and evaluating our work. The Programmes Assistant Volunteer will:

  • Maintain up-to-date information logs – for example up-to-date lists and files of grants and funders, researching new funding calls, updating country-specific programmes overviews and induction presentations
  • Support in collection information from the field offices e.g. on beneficiary numbers and success stories, under the direction of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor
  • Respond to other ad-hoc requests from members of the Programmes team, and the WCUK London office as a whole

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Masters degree in a relevant field (development, human rights, international law, anthropology, social work)
  • Demonstrable interest in child protection, development and conflict
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential, and a working knowledge of spoken and written Arabic and/or Farsi/Dari is highly desirable
  • Strong analysis and research skills
  • Able to write clearly, concisely and persuasively
  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail, strong administrative skills and the ability to prioritise effectively
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to build and establish good relationships
  • Able to work in a team and independently

What will the Volunteer gain from the role?

  • In-depth understanding of issues faced by communities and children in conflict and post-conflict settings
  • Develop experience of working on donor research, proposals and reports of development projects
  • Experience working remotely with field teams
  • Opportunity to take part in and contribute to departmental and organisational-level meetings

Duration and Commitment

We usually require a minimum commitment of 6 months for 3 days a week (the days can be flexible), starting ASAP.

Travel and Expenses

Travel expenses (London zone 1-6 or equivalent) and lunch (£4 per day) will be reimbursed and the position will be based in War Child's offices in Kentish Town, London. Please note, this is a voluntary position and hence unpaid.

How to apply

To Apply

  • Please send your CV and a brief covering letter outlining

how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience we are looking for and,
why you are interested in this position

to: by Sunday 10th November 2013. Please state in the subject line 'Programmes Assistant Volunteer – Asia and Middle East.

  • All shortlisted candidates will be expected to read our Child Protection Policy, which will be sent prior to interview. This policy is a fundamental expression of our values so you will be asked questions about your views on it during the interview.
  • Interviews will be held on a rolling basis at our Kentish Town office.
  • The successful applicant will need to undergo a DBS check.

Please note:

  • You must have the right to live and work in the UK. This is a London-based volunteer position, and we will not be able to cover any costs associated with re-location or housing.
  • As we are a small charity with limited resources, we are only able to respond to shortlisted applicants.


Linton House, 39-51 Highgate Road, London, United Kingdom


Owner's areas of focus

Time Commitment

3 months or longer
Time commitment
A lot (10+ hours/week)
Times of day
Days of week
Flexible schedule