Technical Team Intern
10 – 20k GBP
Four Day Weeks
Hours: Full-time (part-time considered for exceptional candidates)
Length: 6 months initially with the possibility of a further 6-month extension
Remuneration: London living wage
Based: London office (Borough) with the possibility of international travel
Are you passionate about making a real difference by working on one of the world’s biggest challenges? Do you have strong analytical skills, and are interested in using data and evidence to improve people’s lives? Are you motivated, flexible, and willing to work as part of a lean, committed UK team? If so we want to hear from you!
Who are PEAS?
PEAS vision: A world where all children enjoy an education that unlocks their full potential
PEAS mission: To expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across Africa
PEAS is a social enterprise which provides quality secondary schools for children in some of the poorest parts of Africa. We have built 32 schools from scratch in 11 years and we are currently educating over 15,000 children in Uganda and Zambia. Most of these children would otherwise have had no education after the age of 11.
Our schools are financially sustainable and independently audited, and supported by a team of around 800 teachers and support staff in Uganda and Zambia, and 12 in our London office.
We have won 7 international awards, major grants from the UK’s International Development Fund (DFID), and work in partnership with the governments of Uganda and Zambia.
Who are our team?
Every member of the PEAS UK team is committed to PEAS’ mission, and is focused on making the biggest difference we can to the children we are here to support. The UK team comprises technical experts on areas like education, operations, and monitoring and evaluation, individuals focused on supporting and growing our partnerships in the UK and abroad, and senior management for the organisation.
We are hardworking and committed, but we also like to make work fun. We value our culture at PEAS, and think carefully about recruitment and people development to make sure every member of the team enjoys their role and feels able to make an impact every day.
What is this internship all about?
PEAS always has a lot to get done, and this year is no different. Our small team is growing and we are looking for an exceptional individual to join the PEAS UK team to work in our Technical Team. The PEAS Technical Team is a small team of experts who work to continually strengthen PEAS’ impact across our network of schools and beyond. The Technical Team workstream includes:
- providing technical advice and quality assurance to our country programmes.
- commissioning research to support programme learning.
- providing technical advice to external organisations to extend PEAS’ impact on improving education access and quality.
- advocacy work to share PEAS’ best practices and learnings with the global education sector.
The successful candidate will gain experience and exposure across these areas, but will focus primarily on education research and monitoring & evaluation (M&E).
This is an exciting role for someone interested in entering the international development sector, who has strong analytical skills and is passionate about using data and evidence to make a difference. As well as providing high-quality support to our team, we want to make sure you are getting as much value from this internship as possible, so we’ll encourage you to identify areas you want to learn more about, skills you want to develop and experience you wish to gain, and we’ll do our best to tailor your work plan accordingly. The successful candidate will also receive professional development from day one as if you were a PEAS permanent employee, with regular mentoring from a line manager and frequent feedback from colleagues.
Am I right for this role?
We are open to the type of person who might be suitable for this role, and are not fixed on a set amount of experience or work directly related to the international development or the education sector. You could be a graduate, or someone who is looking to change careers and gain experience in the not for-profit sector.
As a guide, we would expect the successful candidate to have the following skills:
● Adaptability to manage a varied & evolving workload
● Flexibility to work with colleagues in different, often international locations
● Strong communication skills; able to work effectively and professional with a range of stakeholders
● Able to synthesise secondary research
● Concise and engaging writing ability for technical audiences
● Great with numbers: able to analyse quantitative data and pull out key findings, with good attention to detail
● Passion for international education
Everyone who works in the PEAS UK team must be fluent in English and have a valid work permit to work in the UK.
Anyone we hire will be able to demonstrate their alignment with PEAS values which are:
Focus on lasting change
Our work should benefit students and communities now and for generations to come and so sustainability is core to everything we do. We take into account the wider consequences of what we do, because what matters is maximum long term impact across society
Be collaborative not competitive
We put true impact before personal or organisational glory. We collaborate within and beyond the organisation to maximise collective impact
Trust and integrity are everything. We are transparent about our impact and programmes. We don’t support corruption. We don’t pay bribes. We don’t receive bribes.
We hold each other to account. We maximise autonomy by providing high quality support to decision makers throughout the organisation
PEAS was founded with an entrepreneurial spirit and it is embedded in who we are. We are nimble, ready to respond to new opportunities and challenges. We are not afraid of taking risks and leading the way
Adopt a growth mindset
We continually push ourselves to improve. We appreciate and learn from mistakes which we see as a necessary side effect of striving for ever growing impact.
Look at the evidence
Evidence can be scarce in our sector. We strive to make use of the available evidence while also contributing our own. Our decisions are based on research and data combined with our practical experience.
● Please complete the application form here
● Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be shortlisted and contacted.
● Closing date for applications is 5 December 2019.
● Please note; we are keenly looking for someone to join our team so will be reviewing applications on a case-by-case basis and shortlisted applicants may be invited in earlier than the closing date for interviews. We encourage you to apply ahead of the closing date, if you are able.
● PEAS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its recruitment practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
● If you have any questions about this role, please email and allow 2 days for a response.