Volunteer Opportunity

Project Development Volunteer

Posted by
Empowered Birth Movement e.V.
Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany
Published 1 month ago

About Us:

The Empowered Birth Movement e.V. is an independent nonprofit organization tackling medical racism, obstetric violence, and social determinants of poor maternal and neonatal health through a Systems Thinking and intersectional justice lens. 

Our mission is to reduce maternal health inequities by advancing community-oriented, peer-to-peer support throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. We want to make sure this support is not only accessible and affordable, but also reflects the linguistic and cultural diversity of the country.

We do this through research and advocacy, a Fellowship program for doulas from underrepresented backgrounds, and by mobilizing an intersectoral network of professionals committed to maternal health equity.

About this Role:

The volunteer will apply and develop a range of project development and fundraising skills through practical exposure to the daily activities of a health equity NGO. 

Primary responsibilities and duties may include:

  • Conducting desk research and summarizing trends, current events, and policies to inform strategic development 
  • Drafting research briefs, project proposals, narrative reports, partnership briefs
  • Updating regularly a directory of donors, international and local NGOs, other partners and stakeholders;
  • Contributing when required to the development of fundraising documents (Expression of Interests/concept notes/proposals) in line with donor requirements

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • External relations
  • 10 - 15% administrative support (i.e. meeting scheduling)
  • If you have other skills that you are interested in developing -- we will make it work.

Training and Opportunities:

  • We have a very flat hierarchical structure and as we are all volunteers, everyone's contribution is highly valued within the team. We are a very small team and this environment provides a comprehensive understanding of the real behind-the-scenes work of a recently-founded health equity NGO.
  • Volunteers have opportunities to interact and network with equity, anti-racism, and refugee activists and rights defenders and other professionals in the sector.
  • Empowered Birth Movement team members can provide practical sessions and guidance, for example on grant writing, utilizing communications technologies, etc.


Volunteers should have a background in the field of international development, public health, communications, graphic design, or similar.

They should have:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English AND another language (i.e. Spanish, French, Arabic, Pashto, Urdu, Turkish, Hindi at professional level fluency). Additional languages are a strong advantage.
  • Demonstrated interest in refugee/migrant health, maternal health, and/or health equity.
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills, proactive, and ability to multitask. As we are a small team, it’s very important you have a strong ability to work independently without a lot of supervision. Very good organizational and time-management skills.


The internship is able to be completed remotely from anywhere in the world, with a preference for candidates in Germany's time-zone. 

Schedule, duration, and hours/week is flexible.

We are a recently-founded, volunteer-run organization (at the moment!) so of course, every team member is very important -- We want to make joining our team worth your time. Please include in your email what you hope to gain from this volunteer position so we can make it work for you!

About Us:

The Empowered Birth Movement e.V. is an independent nonprofit organization tackling medical racism, obstetric violence, and social determinants of poor maternal and neonatal health through a Systems Thinking and…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per week
  • Recurrence


Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
Carlspl., 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Apply to This Volunteer Opportunity


Please email your CV and short motivation letter to or apply through the Idealist form so we can get to know you a bit better.

All fields are required
Resume must be uploaded in PDF format
Drag file here or browse
No file chosen
Drag file here or browse
No file chosen
By using the Idealist Application system, you consent to sharing your resume and other personal data with potential employers in accordance with Idealist’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite volunteer opportunities and get email alerts when new ones are posted.