Working in our offices and Field Research in Ethiopia

Are you an academic interested in carrying out research in Ethiopia, or looking to build a career in International Development? Link Ethiopia may be able to support you. According to the current priorities of the charity we often have the need for field research or project managers to support our in-country staff. If you would be interested in working with us in this way, get in contact and we can discuss if your interests match our needs. If you are looking to carry out research from, or work in, our London offices, our Volunteer in London page might be more useful.

Why should I work with Link Ethiopia?

Programming Placements

If you are just starting out, or changing the direction of your career, working in an in-country office can be an invaluable experience. Working in our offices will improve your understanding of how development organisations operate on day-to-day basis and and develop your knowledge of the development challenges and opportunities facing Ethiopia. You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals, as well as share your skills and insights. We place specific adverts on Charity Job, however we do also accept unsolicited applications (CV and Cover Letter).

Carry out research

At Link Ethiopia we are always looking into ways to build our knowledge base, however we don’t always have the capacity to carry out the research ourselves. Link Ethiopia can help you access the informants or actors that you want to reach, and offer crucial local insight into the Ethiopian education system. We have worked before with both experienced academics and students and can support you appropriately. Feel free to send us your own research proposals, or if you want to find out more about our current research priorities don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Link Ethiopia’s support

As well as working with you on a day-to-day basis, the Link Ethiopia team will also offer your practical support. Our London office can offer pre-departure advice, we can assist you in your travel to our offices, and our in-country teams will look after your welfare once you arrive. They can help you familiarise yourself with your surroundings, and ensure that your work or research runs as smoothly as possible. Your costs will vary depending on the nature of the placement, however we will endeavour to help you to keep your costs to a minimum.

Frequently asked questions

What experience can I gain?

Programming Placements

In a programming placement you will be working with one of our regional managers, who both have 5 years of experience with Link Ethiopia, as well as consistently liaising with our London office. Each placement will be different, depending on the skills you are looking to build, and the current priorities at Link Ethiopia. We will be more than happy to provide a reference in the future for your work with Link Ethiopia.


As a researcher this work will obviously fill the entirety or most of your time, and our staff can help facilitate your data collection, as well as offer insight to your research.  However if you are looking to build some work experience around your research there are also opportunities to get involved in our programming work.

What have previous roles involved?


Previous research carried out by academics and students includes barriers to female education, an evaluation of our child sponsorship programme and more. Depending on the researcher’s time and focus, researchers have also supported our project work and worked closely with our in-country staff.

Programming Placements

Programming placements involve supporting our in-country offices across project research, project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluating. Previous placements have involved monitoring and evaluating our Libraries and Literacy project, developing our in-country staff’s communication skills, project managing research, and delivering training to Ethiopian teachers. Wherever your skills lie we look to match them with the current needs of the charity.

Where are the projects?

You will usually be working out of our offices in Gondar or Bishoftu.

Gondar is a large town in the north of Ethiopia. It is a friendly town on a hillside with a pleasant climate and it is home to one of Ethiopia’s major universities. The town centre has modern amenities such as internet services and laundries, however, venture a little outside town and you will see rural Ethiopia as it has been for centuries. Read more about Gondar here.

Bishoftu is situated 45km away from the capital city, Addis Ababa. There are five crater lakes near the town, which are home to many water birds and a great base for water sports. The Bishoftu community is very friendly and supportive, and the town attracts some tourists to see its beautiful lakes.

What support is given?

By working for or with Link Ethiopia we are able to offer you the support we offer to all of our other volunteers, however it is up to you to decide what support you require. We can assist you in the following ways:

  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickups
  • Pre-departure travel advice and any relevant training or guidance
  • Welfare support of our full-time Ethiopian staff
  • Email or telephone contact with our UK office to support and advise as necessary, both before and during your placement

What accommodation is provided?

The large majority of researchers and interns stay in our on-site accommodation, however you are free to make alternative arrangements.

What qualifications do I need?

We are unlikely to consider research or programming placements unless you have or are working towards a degree, or have a clear demonstrated interest in International Development or Education.


Research or programming placements can vary greatly in nature, depending on the duration of the placement, the nature of your work and you experience. Therefore your costs can vary, however we will help you keep your costs to a minimum.

Can I apply as a resident Ethiopian?

Absolutely you can. Link Ethiopia will happily take applications from resident Ethiopians looking to carry out research or gain work experience.

Hear from past researchers and programmers


After interning at the Link Ethiopia London office I did a 5 month programming placement in Ethiopia, focused on monitoring and evaluation. I supported the local teams in a variety of ways, but my main task was to carry out an impact assessment on year 1 of the Libraries and Literacy Project that would be used both for interally improving the programme, and to report back to donors.

I visited several Link Ethiopia schools to assess the improvements in libraries, teachers, and student literacy, and worked closely with both projects and regional managers in Ethiopia, as well as being supported by the London office. I was given important responsibilities and learnt a great amount, not only about international development and education, but also Ethiopian culture and history.


I undertook a small-scale research project into the experiences of children who are part of the Link Ethiopia sponsorship programme and was pleased to be able to shape a research project that addressed their concerns yet drew on my expertise and interests.  I visited schools and undertook home interviews with eight young people with their parent or guardian. There are a number of quantitative research projects that address the financial elements of large-scale sponsorship programmes but few listen directly to the voices of those involved.

The study has contributed to my research profile within the context of international development education, but more importantly, it provided a wonderful insight into the lives of children and young people and it will remain an experience that I was privileged to be part of.


During my two months as a research intern in Link Ethiopia’s offices in Gondar I worked on investigating barriers to female education. I processed and analysed quantitative as well as qualitative data collected from students, parents and teachers from Link Ethiopia’s partner schools, observed focus groups and carried out desktop research as well. Working with other interns I produced a written report on the findings to inform the design of Link Ethiopia’s Girls Education project.

The work and responsibility I was given during the internship not only allowed me to develop my research skills but also my ability to work in a team. For me, the consultations, discussions and debates with the Gondar staff, fellow interns and other individuals contributed the most valuable insights into the research area.

Get in touch

You can use the form below to send us an unsolicited programming application, a research proposal or any questions that you may have then please fill out the form below. Or you can email us at [email protected]