Department: Programmes Team

Location: UK

Reports to: Programme Manager

Appointment term: Two months with a potential to extend. Working hours will be flexible - up to 20 hours per week.

Salary: London Living Wage – currently £10.85 per hour

Specific requirements: You must be eligible to work in the UK.

Closing Date: 5th March 2021

Social Development Direct (SDDirect) are seeking an Administrative and Research Intern to support the delivery of their international projects and research, with a focus on gender equality and inclusion.


Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake research and administrative support tasks, under the supervision of project teams. Candidates with research experience and/or additional social media and design skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

About SDDirect

SDDirect is a leading provider of high-quality, innovative social development expertise, consultancy and research services. As a medium-sized, specialist firm, we  offer in-depth thematic expertise in safeguarding and gender-based violence; governance and inclusive services; security, justice & peace-building; and inclusive economic empowerment.


We have a strong track record, over 20 years, of providing high quality services that include technical advice and support, research, development assistance programme design, delivery and management, monitoring and evaluation. Our clients are leading international development agencies, international NGOs and Foundations. Read more about us and our work at:


We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Plan International UK, a leader in gender-based programming for children.  

Overall purpose of the role

This position will support colleagues across the organisation by undertaking administrative and research tasks across a range of impactful projects and organisational areas. In particular, the candidate will provide extensive administrative support to one of our flagship safeguarding programmes on an ongoing basis, working closely with the Programme Manager and Project Officer. The position will be home-based, with opportunity to use SDDirect’s office space in London (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Administrative and logistical support to research and project teams.

  • Research support on a range of global issues.

  • Arranging and coordinating online interviews, global webinars workshops and other learning events with project partners, including note-taking and reporting.

  • Conducting due diligence processes and drafting consultant contracts under the supervision of project managers.

  • Support to marketing, social media and client outreach.

  • Following knowledge management procedures and assisting with IT processes.

  • Preparation and editing of documents including templates, reports, infographics, brochures and promotional materials, etc.

  • Assisting with the purchasing of products and assets and maintaining the project asset register.

  • Providing other ad-hoc administrative support to the team, ensuring that administrative tasks are executed effectively and performed to the highest standard.


This is not an exhaustive list as duties may vary from time to time in consultation with the post-holder.

Person specification 


This is an exciting post in an organisation with an international reputation for excellence. In order to meet this challenge, you will need to demonstrate the following experience, skills and attributes:


  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines

  • Demonstrable research and analytical skills (for example through a university degree)

  • Familiarity with office, web and video-conferencing software

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentational skills

  • A clear commitment to human rights, gender equality and social justice

  • A self-starter and strong team player

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

  • Ability to work legally in the UK



  • Qualitative or quantitative research skills, with a relevant post-graduate qualification

  • Digital communications and/or graphic design skills

  • Experience of working internationally

  • Fluency in other languages

How to apply 

If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, please email your tailored CV with a cover letter by email to Please use this email subject line: ‘Administrative and Research Intern’ – Your Name.


Your CV and cover letter should be tailored for this job application and should clearly demonstrate how you fit the person specification outlined below, and why you are applying for this role.


The CV should be no longer than 3 pages, and the cover letter no longer than 1 page. In your cover letter, please also clearly specify the names of two referees who may be contacted.

Applications for this role close on Friday, 5th March 2021. 


Interviews will be held in March 2021. SDDirect strives to be an inclusive organisation and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Please let us know if you would require any assistance in order to attend the interview, which will be held virtually via Skype, Zoom or Teams.  


Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to respond to shortlisted candidates.

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