Committee vacancies

We’re always looking for dynamic people to join our team here in the UK. See below for current opportunities:

All roles are voluntary and are predominantly home/remotely based. Reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out responsibilities (e.g. food and travel expenses) will be reimbursed.

DiA is a youth-led organisation and as such, young people from a diverse range of backgrounds with demonstrable enthusiasm for DiA’s vision and mission are encouraged to apply.

Being part of DiA’s executive committee is a brilliant opportunity to develop skills, gain confidence and build knowledge to complement studies, work and/or other volunteering work. DiA alumni are very vocal about how their experience on the committee has supported them in pursuing their careers and in being active agents of change within their own communities and further afield. Committee members support and learn from each other and receive guidance from DiA’s Board of Trustees.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact us at info@developmentinaction.org

Communications Officer (Social Media)

Development in Action (DiA) is a youth-led and volunteer-run development education charity working to engage young people in the UK in global issues and to promote global citizenship.  We do this through delivering youth workshops in schools, hosting public events and by providing an online blog platform for young people to write and engage in development issues.

As Communications Officer you will be at the forefront of sharing our thinking and engaging in conversations on global citizenship, development issues and responsible volunteering. This role is an exciting opportunity for those with experience in digital communications to lead on strengthening and expanding DiA’s online presence through social media and the website and support the development of our blog as part of the team’s wider communications strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Manage DiA’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and evaluate potential for DiA presence on Pinterest/Instagram.
  • Maintain and update the DiA website with news, blogs and events.
  • Identify ways to re-purpose existing DiA blog content and ensure a regular presence on social media by keeping up to date with news, views and events across the development sector.
  • Engage with DiA’s community and audiences across social media and build networks with key individuals/organisations in the development sector.
  • Identify opportunities for communications e.g. awareness days and events and develop content accordingly.
  • Support the Blog Officer to source and communicate new blogs via social media, and help to build a network of new and regular writers.
  • Attend events (virtual or in-person) where necessary.
  • Produce and disseminate DiA’s quarterly newsletter.
  • Support the wider committee to communicate DiA’s work including Fundraising, and the UK Programme.
  • Ad hoc requests including maintaining templates, logo and branding materials as required.

Person Specification

  • Demonstrated experience in and enthusiasm for digital communications including websites and social media.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and IT skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on own initiative, manage workload, prioritise your own time and meet deadlines.
  • Experience designing/updating websites.
  • Knowledge/willingness to learn WordPress, MailChimp and Hootsuite.
  • Experience in producing content for newsletters.
  • Experience in website design – desirable.
  • Commitment to DiA’s values, mission and ethos.

Please note this role is home-based. Volunteers are encouraged to attend committee meetings held periodically in London.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week, weekend and evening work required. A minimum commitment of 6 months would be desirable for this role.

Please send a CV and covering letter (maximum of two sides of A4 each) explaining why you are interested in the role, and how you meet the criteria to info@developmentinaction.org by 5pm on Sunday 5th July.

Shortlisting for this post will take place soon after the closing date. Initial interviews will take place via Skype/Zoom in July.

Blog Officer

The DiA Blog is a central aspect of DiA’s development education work, providing a platform for young people in the UK and overseas to share their knowledge, insight and experience of global issues through writing. The role would suit an individual with excellent written communication skills who is confident in editing another person’s work and working independently. It offers the opportunity to build relationships with our existing network of blog contributors, strengthen a community of new writers, attend events and develop relevant and engaging content in line with your own interests in development.

Responsibilities

  • Curate and write content for the DiA blog, sourcing new ideas around global citizenship, global development, responsible volunteering and current affairs in the UK and internationally.
  • Build and manage a community of engaged young people to act as DiA representatives who contribute regular or guest blogs.
  • Attend development-related events (virtual or in person) to inspire ideas and creativity in blog posts.
  • Work with the Communications Officer and Manager to promote the blog, share content via the website, newsletter and social media and engage with readers/the DiA community.
  • Support the wider DiA committee in copy writing, copy editing and updating website content on an ad-hoc basis.

Person specification:

  • Commitment to DiA’s values, mission and ethos.
  • Demonstrable experience contributing to and/or coordinating content for a blog.
  • Excellent written communication and grammatical skills, with an understanding of tailoring language for a lay (non-specialist) audience.
  • Experience of copy-editing and proof-checking.
  • Experience using or willingness to learn WordPress.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently, manage deadlines and workload.
  • Passion for writing, sharing interesting and relevant stories to spark inspiration and discussion.
  • Interest in current affairs and keeping up to date with latest news and events in the sector.
  • Good knowledge of international development issues and communicating to non-academic audiences.

This is a remote working (home-based) role. Volunteers are encouraged to attend committee meetings held periodically in London. Time commitment: roughly 2-4 hours per week, weekend and evening work required. A minimum commitment of 6 months would be desirable for this role.

Please send a one-page writing sample alongside a copy of your CV and covering letter (maximum of two sides of A4 each) explaining why you are interested in the role, and how you meet the criteria to info@developmentinaction.org by 5pm on Sunday 5th July 2020.

Shortlisting for this post will take place soon after the closing date. Initial interviews will take place via Skype/Zoom in July.


Global Citizenship Youth Workshop Leaders

Are you passionate about engaging young people in global issues and promoting global citizenship?

Do you fancy volunteering for a charity that encourages young people to be at the centre of development?

Development in Action (DiA) is a youth and volunteer led development education charity. Our main aim is to engage young people in global issues and promote global citizenship. And for the last 20 years we have done exactly that – through our UK and India programmes. Development in Action is proud to still continue bringing learning into the classroom through the seventh year of our Global Citizenship Workshop programme.

You will be delivering interactive workshops to engage young people of all ages on what it means to be a global citizen and be aware of the world we live in. This role will offer excellent experience for someone looking to start their career in the development and/or education sectors, is interested in teaching/education and is looking for a part-time voluntary role to support their interests/career aspirations.

Download a full job description here

To apply please email your CV and a one page cover letter detailing why you are applying for the role as Youth Workshop Leader and how you meet the criteria to uk@developmentinaction.org.