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Education and youth assistant (London)


This is a 6-month voluntary internship within the Campaigns and Policy Division of Oxfam.  The successful applicants will manage a workload including project development, project management and face-to-face support of young people learning and campaigning with Oxfam across London and the South East. Projects include World Shaper Schools, Lead Schools, Youth Action Groups, School Speakers, Send My Friend to School, school resources and requests from schools.

The successful applicants will contribute to increasing Oxfam's profile in the schools sector by developing and managing assigned projects and directly engaging young people in overcoming poverty and suffering  

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This role is in the Campaigns and Policy Division. The Oxfam London and the South East Campaigns Team focuses on influencing regional political structures, supporting regional activism and building strategic alliances. It does this by raising the profile and understanding of Oxfam's campaigns in the regional media, community activism, political lobbying, special events and work with schools and young people.

Oxfam's education and youth work aims to empower young people as active global citizens with the knowledge, skills and values to make a real difference in the world.

Work hours will be approximately 20 hours per week, Days and hours are flexible.

Some work outside office hours/at weekends will be required.

Some UK travel will be required. All relevant travel costs will be reimbursed.

Appointment to the role depends on a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check being completed by the successful applicants.

Key responsibilities:

  • Project management and resource development for manageable elements two or three of the above projects.
  • Establishing and building strong links with schools and youth groups in the region through regular visits, leading workshops and delivering projects in the classroom.  
  • Face-to-face support of young people working on Oxfam education and youth projects.
  • Taking a creative approach to developing projects and content, including new media.
  • Managing the monitoring and evaluation of Oxfam's school speakers and providing mentoring and practical support as required.
  • Collating evidence and reporting on youth and schools actions to ensure Oxfam's work has maximum impact.
  • Communicating with youth and school audiences in an inspiring and accessible way.
  • Managing the administration, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • Assisting and contributing to the work of the London and South East campaigns team as applicable.

Skills and competencies:

  • Good organisational and team-working skills.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Good written and communication skills.
  • Able to motivate and inspire young people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Passion to inspire global learning and action supporting Oxfam's campaigns.
  • Some experience of working with young people and/or schools.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of the formal education sector.

What this role can offer the volunteer:

  • The opportunity to contribute towards Oxfam's goal of overcoming poverty and suffering through engagement with the UK education and youth sectors.
  • Experience of project development, project management and writing resources.
  • Experience of face to face work with young people and schools participating in Oxfam global citizenship projects.
  • Provision of support and training relevant to the role.
  • Experience of the wider work of an International Non Governmental Organisation.
  • Lunch and reasonable local travel expenses will be paid in line with Oxfam's policy.


John McLaverty

Oxfam GB, 

Victoria Charity Centre, 

3rd Floor, 

11 Belgrave Road, 

London SW1V 1TU

Application process:

Please complete Internship Application Form and return it to the email address above.

Application deadline:

2 September 2013

Interview date:

10 September 2013

Start date:

Last week of September or sooner (negotiable).


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  • Home and community
  • Office

Work Days:

  • Weekdays
  • Weekends

Work Times:

  • Day Time