Victoria, Greater London
Job description


Background – Why cities?

Nearly half of the world’s population today lives in cities, and there are predictions of unprecedented urban growth in the developing world over the next few years. In the face of complex emergency situations, there is slowly growing recognition that the majority of displaced people live outside formal camps, on the margins of urban society. Yet, there is currently little emphasis on urban poverty in development policy and programming, and those living in urban settlements often fall through the cracks of mainstream service provision.

Children in cities face specific kinds of challenges and vulnerabilities, that are different from what they would face in rural areas. Those who are exposed to the streets face the risks of neglect; physical, sexual or mental abuse; exploitation and increasingly, recruitment by criminal or militant groups. Early on, many children “on” and “of” the streets are forced to choose between work and school.

Our approach

Childhood is a precious, fragile experience. Drawing from the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Cities for Children (CfC) seeks to protect what we call the “right to a childhood” for children facing the challenges of urban poverty. By this, we take to mean: the right to read; the right to play; and the right to feel safe.

Our vision is of a world where all children have access to safe spaces where they can learn, play, grow and achieve their potential.

Our mission is to provide the social and material environment important for the development and well-being of children in and around cities, including but not limited to street-connected children, working children, and those from displaced or migrant communities.

CfC aims to work in partnership with local organisations providing either education or protection services to our target populations, and build their capacity to offer holistic programs for child wellbeing, resilience and development. We currently focus our work in Pakistan, but this might change in the future.

Our projects fall under one or more of three programmatic strands: 

  • The right to read: supporting non-formal education and reading programmes.

  • The right to play: creating structured recreation programmes, particularly engaging volunteers to contribute systematically to communities.

  • The right to feel safe: building the capacity of organisational staff to recognise risks and offer psychosocial support to the children they work with.



Role requirements

We have been putting out roots in the UK over the last two years and are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help further build our organisation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth of a newly established CIO working to address pressing challenges in development and humanitarian work for children.

Our requirements for this role are:

  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in social sciences or relevant fields

  • Self-starter, comfortable with working independently

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Some experience in charity fundraising

  • Familiarity with communication via social media platforms

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and preferably MS Excel

  • Experience using WordPress is desirable

Role Description

The role will be two-fold: strengthening internal processes and assisting with external outreach.

Within the organisation the role will entail:

  • General bookkeeping

  • Supporting the development and implementation of programmes 

  • Compiling reports 

The outward-facing aspect of the role will entail:

  • Contributing to our social media presence, especially via Facebook and Twitter, and our website

  • Providing support to our fundraising events

  • Assisting with grant proposals as well as outreach for trusts and foundations

  • Possibly representing CfC at charity sector events

We are excited to welcome a new member to our team, and will happily cover travel expenses.

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Posted on: 16 September 2019
Closed date: 15 October 2019
Tags: Admin, Intl Development