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Link Ethiopia

Working with some of the poorest communities in Ethiopia to enable disadvantaged children to access quality education, through school building, resourcing and training projects, by placing volunteer teachers in schools, sponsoring pupils through to employment, and linking schools between Ethiopia and the UK and other countries so young people can learn about and communicate with each other.

Link Ethiopia is an international NGO that runs projects and programmes in Ethiopia to ensure that all children can access high quality education. The organisation also works in the UK and Ethiopia to link schools in order to promote global learning and cultural exchange and appreciation. We have two offices in Gondar and Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, and run a small and dedicated UK office based in Kings Cross. Link Ethiopia is looking for a bright and motivated volunteer to join us to assist with fundraising from trusts and foundations. This role will involve assisting with bid-writing, prospect research, planning, and creating budgets and schedules for our projects. This role would suit an individual able to work for a minimum of 7.5 hours a week and able to commit to a minimum of two months.

Role Aim: 

The volunteer will assist with each stage of fundraising from grant-making bodies, helping to develop the organisation’s systems and processes, bids and applications and ultimately helping to increase the charity’s income from trusts and institutions.


Assisting with:

- Prospect research: Researching grant-making bodies, creating briefs on their priorities, updating our database, planning schedule of applications;

- Creating and developing existing applications/bids, including copywriting, design, and research

- Creating and developing existing budgets and schedules with support and input from Ethiopian teams;

- Helping the team with other tasks as required.

Skills needed: 


> Superb written and verbal communication skills, including confidence with the English language

> Good knowledge of international development, education, or related field issues, priorities, trends etc.

> Proven ability to work independently and manage own workload, motivated and helpful attitude

> Evidence of a methodical approach, excellent attention to detail

> Proficient with Microsoft packages, including Word and Excel

> Share Link Ethiopia’s vision and mission


> Prior experience volunteering or working in a similar organisation or a demonstrable interest in international development, education or a related field;

> Experience in a similar role or doing similar tasks, for example copywriting, prospect research, database management;

> Understanding of processes and tools involved in project management, and monitoring, evaluation and learning in international development projects.


Whereas no formal training is required nor will be provided for the role, Link Ethiopia will make sure volunteers have the support required to work on their projects and are committed to developing the skills and experiences of volunteers, ensuring the placement is interesting and useful for the volunteer.

Links & Communications Manager The Peel Centre Percy Circus London WC1X 9EY
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here