International Programmes Research Volunteer

Deadline for applications: Mon 9th August 6pm 

Interview dates: week commencing 16th August 2021 


International Programmes Research Volunteer  

Are you interested in pursuing a career in International Development? Would you like to gain professional experience in the sector? Are you interested in contributing to projects which make a real impact on people’s lives?  Do you enjoy researching and presenting your findings? 

If so, Deki has a great role for you! 

Location: Home working

When: 1+ days a week – flexi time for a minimum 3 months commitment  

Benefits: Daily expenses covered up to £5  

Start Date:  As soon as possible, depending on receipt of two satisfactory references. 


Deadline for applications: Mon 9th August 6pm 

Interview dates: week commencing 16th August 2021 

This is an unpaid, volunteer position

Who is Deki? 

Deki is a Bristol-based international development charity that invests in the future of communities that are currently living in absolute poverty. We believe in empowering communities to transform their lives. We provide ethical micro loans, alongside business and development training. This gives our entrepreneurs the opportunity to create an income which enables them to afford education, medical care and to put food on the table. Deki empowers entrepreneurs to create a more sustainable livelihood and to raise their families out of poverty. Deki’s entrepreneurs are supported in their ventures through continuous training opportunities in business management and welfare, helping them to succeed and to inspire change. 

What are we looking for? 

Deki have two programmes research volunteer roles to fill. The chosen candidates will undertake background research to support our programme development and grant applications. Topics for research are highly varied – spanning public health, women’s rights and empowerment, microfinance and entrepreneurship, agricultural climate adaptation and renewable energy solutions.  

Our ideal candidates are reliable, independent, highly motivated with the ability to summarise and communicate information to a high standard. They will be qualified to a degree standard and have experience of undertaking secondary research in a related field, e.g. development studies, gender studies, social sciences, renewable energy, public health.  

Competency in French is desirable, but not essential. 

 What your role could include: 

After receiving an induction to Deki and our work, you will be assigned as ‘research lead’ of one of our four current programmes: 

– Agricultural Cooperatives  supporting smallholder farmers to grow their livelihoods together.

– Women’s Empowerment Collectives  empowering women through financial inclusion and female leadership.

– Solar and Stoves  reducing energy poverty through improving access to modern, clean and affordable energy sources.

– Healthcare for all– increasing access to basic healthcare services and education 

Your role will be to summarise papers, reports and news stories around a particular project. You will be overseen by the International Programmes Manager and will have the opportunity to experience working in the NGO sector as an integral part of our small and passionate team. The roles are designed to provide a rewarding opportunity for anyone who is interested in gaining valuable experience and new skills to get into paid international or charity work.  

We reserve the right to request DBS checks  

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a short email (max 300 words) explaining your interest in the role and highlighting any relevant experience to [email protected]

If successful you will be sent a task to complete before the 11th August 5pm).