The Small Enterprise Foundation is looking for talented and energetic volunteers to conduct field research, data analysis, and assist with other strategic projects throughout the organisation.
About the Volunteer Program
Volunteers may be required to visit staff and clients in rural areas for training, monitoring and research. This position is for individuals strongly motivated to work for the alleviation of poverty and willing to travel to and work in rural areas.
The duration of the programme is flexible, but volunteers are encouraged to stay between 6 and 12 months. SEF provides free accommodation for its volunteers.
- Must have completed a
University degree or a 3-year Technicon / diploma
- Knowledge of Economics, Statistics, Development studies, Microfinance and/or Geography
- Research knowledge and experience
- Excellent communication skills and analytical ability
- Ability to work independently, ability to fit into a team
- Self-motivated and self-confident
- Advanced computer literacy in Word and Excel
- South African citizens must have a valid ID document
- Non-South African citizens must have a valid volunteer permit and passport
Hear from our volunteers
Sipho, Volunteer 2015
A lot of opportunities opened up for me through the volunteer programme- I met people in the organisation who mentored me, helping me to understand the organisation and take on more strategic projects. With the support I received from my team and some hard work, I was offered a Research Assistant position, where I currently work on financial education and other innovative projects.
What I have learned at SEF is that whatever task you are given to work on, if you own it there is a greater opportunity for you to grow into something you never imagined.
Bryce, Volunteer 2016
While a volunteer at SEF, I worked on a variety of projects across multiple departments. Three out of my five major projects were ones that I had identified a need for, proposed a plan, and was project lead for. That’s the beauty of volunteering at SEF; if you see a problem you think you can solve management says ‘Ok. Go do it’.
My advice to anyone thinking of working for SEF is to come ready to teach, and to learn in equal measure. There’s a lot volunteers can contribute to the organization using their prior experiences, so don’t be afraid to use them!
Nura, Volunteer 2017
I wake up every morning knowing that the volunteer work I am doing today can make a difference in the lives of thousands of women across South Africa. Volunteering in the R&D department has given me a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insights into the everyday lives of South African women and learn about their culture, customs and every day struggles.
SEF gave me the opportunity to create my own South African experience. I hope to come back one day and witness the impact the projects I’ve worked on have created.
How to apply
To apply email your CV, Cover Letter and Academic Transcript to: HRmanager@sef.co.za
SEF is an EE compliant organisation therefore people in designated categories including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.