Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, East of England

Unpaid (work expenses covered)


About the organisation

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Job Description


Your chance to help develop a new project to improve the quality of education in schools located in struggling communities in Zimbabwe.

The SEED Project’s mission is to facilitate holistic community development in the socially and economically disadvantaged communities of Southern Africa, empowering them to be better able to reach their full potential, to identify and help meet their needs, and to participate more fully in society. To enable churches and other community groups to do the same, thus ensuring that the work is sustainable.

Job Purpose

Support the development of project ideas for SEED and assist with project proposal writing and assessment. Assist the project development manager and SEED to clearly articulate the ideas and the projects to Trustees and to potential partners, donors etc. including contributing to funding bids, with support from line manager and communications and fundraising personnel.


A great opportunity to make a difference as a volunteer, gaining new skills or enhancing current skills, and to be a part of SEED’s vision of equipping people to improve their lives in the SADC region in Africa, starting in Zimbabwe.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Undertake guided research including preparing project outlines and feasibility studies, drafting questionnaires and conducting surveys. Develop simple and clear ways to communicate vision, objectives and methods.  Design and conduct literature and database searches and prepare reviews of findings maintaining data quality assurance procedures transcription, analysis, evaluation and reporting of qualitative/quantitative data.

2. Plan independent project development research activity, co-ordinating own work with that of line manager and other partners.

3. Contribute to the communication of output of research activity. This is to include producing reports and publications for journals and conferences, preparing and contributing to presentations, preparing papers for trustees, partners and other bodies. Creating information for other media outlets including posters and other material for external review of projects.

4. Participate as a member of a team involved in ongoing research projects, including developing and presenting research to internal and external audiences.

5. Assist in developing internal and external contacts to further knowledge and understanding and form relationships for collaboration.

6. Contribute to the development of project proposals and bids for external funding.

7. Identify and participate in appropriate training and development activities.


ATTRIBUTES: Advantageous

  • Interest, experience or knowledge of various research methods relevant to one or more of the following subject areas: Education, International development, Project management, Writing project proposals, Creating Power Point (or other software) presentations.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Organised, yet flexible, approach to work.
  • Confident working independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated. Able to take initiative and to work both unsupervised and with direction.

Interpersonal Skills

Patience and excellent communication skills will be essential, both verbal and written. Must be a team player and able to work towards a common research goal.

Working hours: 6 - 8 hours per week, starting ASAP

Location: Working from home, in or near Cambridge, plus meetings in various locations

To apply, send your CV and a cover letter (using the 'apply online' link) as soon as possible, and by noon on 31 December 2015 at the latest.