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Bilingual Africa Programmes Assistant – London (Voluntary)

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: War Child

Posted on: October 22, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity description

About War Child

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, 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.

War Child is currently looking for an exceptional Bilingual Programmes Assistant Volunteer to provide support to our programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Central African Republic.

The rolewould be managed by the Africa Programme Development Coordinator (PDC).

Role description:

  • Research and development: Our field based research 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 funding for small complementary projects. The Programmes Assistant Volunteer will:
  • Proof read proposals and reports for institutional donors which may be in English and/or French
  • Liaise with the field teams in order to gather information for proposals
  • Support the Trust Fundraiser in researching prospective trust donors and drafting project reports
  • Internal Communications and Information Systems

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

  • Maintaining up-to-date information logs – for example up-to-date lists and files of grants and funders, country-specific programmes overviews, induction presentations
  • Supporting data collection from the field offices e.g. on direct and indirect beneficiary numbers and success stories, under the direction of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor
  • Conducting travel administration including organising visas and flights for staff and donors travelling to the field
  • Coordination and ensuring a high quality of translated documents
  • Responding 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 and French is essential
  • Strong analysis and research skills
  • Highly organised, with strong administrative skills and the capacity to prioritise
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Able to write clearly, concisely and persuasively
  • 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
  • Experienceof working on donor research, proposals and reports
  • Experience working remotely with field teams

Duration and Commitment

We need a minimum commitment of 6 months, starting ASAP. Ideally we would like someone to commit to at least 3 days per week.

Travel and Expenses

Travel expenses (London zone 1-6) 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

Candidates have to send a CV and a cover letter by the 10th of November to this

Interview Procedure

  • 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 and 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 CRB 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.


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


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Time Commitment

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