We have a fantastic voluntary opportunity for someone looking to secure experience working in international development and the non-profit sector. Applicants must be based in the UK. We particularly welcome applications from recent graduates, current students or those unable to work formally in the UK looking for a voluntary position eg. refugees or asylum seekers (see guidance from the Home Office for more information).
Friends of Ibba Girls' School (FIGS) is a UK charity helping the local community build and develop a residential school for girls, aged 10 to 18, from Amadi, Maridi, Gbudwe and Tombura states of South Sudan - the world’s newest nation.
Formed in 2011, FIGS has raised enough funds (now over £2M) to build the school and to cover initial staffing and running costs: the school opened for its first intake of forty girls in March 2014, and now has over 200 girl students living and learning on its green campus of over 100 acres. Find out more.
Management of social media will include drafting and publishing engaging content for our 7000+ online supporters. The role will involve linking with key international days and maximising opportunities available to promote the school. Our overall objective is to convert our online followers into regular donors, and we know this is done through active engagement, building trust and responding to queries efficiently. We invest in online social media marketing campaigns, something you would also help to implement.
The events coordination role would involve leading on the development of key fundraising events on behalf of the charity. Your fresh ideas will be welcomed and encouraged. You will plan, design and deliver two events over the course of this six-month opportunity. This includes one fundraising dinner at an exclusive venue in Mayfair for high net worth supporters and a breakfast networking event hosted in London. Other, smaller events, such as the charity’s Annual Supporters’ Meeting may also be included (to be confirmed depending on workload).
You will work as part of a team of experienced, friendly, passionate individuals, including the charity’s CEO. We will encourage you to work flexibly and remotely, with one meeting likely each month (in Coventry). You will be valued, encouraged and supported in this role, which we recognise as a stepping-stone for someone looking to secure a long-term position within the sector.
We are looking to secure a new member of the team for a minimum of one day a week for six months. In return you will get:
- The chance to work with an experienced, friendly team
- Take part in a formal mentoring scheme
- Gain great experience for your CV
- Know you are helping develop a ground-breaking education initiative in South Sudan, providing quality education to 220 girls
- Secure references for your future career
- Have the use of a laptop
- Have your travel expenses reimbursed
Desirable Qualities and Skills
- Highly organised with good attention to detail
- Experience of using Microsoft Office, including Outlook, cloud-based storage systems and Skype
- Good English (written and spoken)
- Able to learn and adapt quickly
- Comfortable with digital communications
- Able to work well both independently and in a team
- Patient and determined
- Good face-to-face and telephone manner
We welcome applicants of all races, religions, citizenship status, gender identifications, disabilities, ages, sexual orientations or histories. We are an inclusive team, committed to equality and diversity.
To apply, please submit your CV and a brief covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 25 October at 5pm. We will contact you to arrange an informal interview.
Got questions? Please do get in touch or give Heidi a ring on 07956 707515.