We want to close the gap in secondary education access for refugees. Join us.

Programme Assistant

Location: Remote (UK-based) 

Contract: Six months contract, part-time (2.5 days a week, 17.5 hours per week)

Salary: £20,000 pro rata 

Job-title: Programme Assistant

Deadline to apply: 8 September, 2019 at mid-night UK time.

The short version

Why: To close the gap in secondary education access for refugees.

What: Support delivery of transformational education to refugee communities around the world.

Who: Excited about refugee education and want to develop your capacity as an educational changemaker, motivated to work in a variety of areas and make a difference within a small but fast-growing start-up charity. 

The role: Programme Assistant (part-time)

About Sky School

Sky School is creating the first international high school curriculum for refugees, and provides transformational learning programmes in refugee communities around the world. 

Sky School is a start-up charity and was established in 2017 in response to the lack of  secondary education access for refugees. We work with partner schools, such as UWC South East Asia to collaborative develop curricula for refugee learners, and partner with local organisations around the world who run our programmes. Our partners are currently in Jordan, Kenya, South Sudan, Lebanon, Greece and Hong Kong. 

We work with a range of partners, including leading international schools, community based organisations and larger international charities to bring high quality, transformational education to refugee communities around the world. 

The role

You will collaborate closely with the Sky School team, especially the Co-Executive Directors and Director of Education, as well as our team of educational change makers around the world. You will assist on projects in a wide range of areas, including: programme delivery, communications, fundraising and day-to-day administration and operations. 

This part-time, remote-working role (2.5 days a week per week), would suit you if you are looking for an exciting and flexible opportunity to fit around studies or other responsibilities. 

Key responsibilities: 

You will: 

Support us to provide transformational learning to more learners through optimising our work with partners

  • Provide the administrative support that will enable the Sky School team to implement and further develop the transformational learning opportunities that are at the heart of the Sky School mission.

  • Support on-boarding of new partners, including preparation of facilitator trainings and student selection

  • Act as the first point of contact for delivery partners, and provide the administrative assistance necessary for educational programme delivery in all locations

  • Help to develop support materials and guidance for partners and volunteers 

Improve our education offering and courses

  • Collate and share feedback from students and facilitators 

  • Assist with other monitoring and evaluation work

Help increase our capacity and allow us to do more through fundraising

  • Research grant proposals and provide drafting support

  • Assist with donor stewardship and reporting 

Support us to make Sky School better known to new audiences 

  • Update the website, prepare presentations, draft news articles and support other communication-related needs 

  • Coordinate  events and campaigns, providing direct organisational support when appropriate

Enable our team to work effectively 

  • Working closely with the Co-Executive Directors and other future members of the leadership team, take responsibility for day-to-day administration and operations 

  • Perform other role-relevant duties as directed from time to time

What we are looking for

We are a global and diverse team, and we welcome applications from people with a diverse range of backgrounds. If you are interested in the role, and if you recognise yourself in the description below, we look forward to hearing from you! 


  • Collaborative, inclusive and embracing of diversity. You’ll work with a global team, many of whom are volunteers, and will communicate with a wide variety of different stakeholders in many different contexts .

  • Independent, creative and a problem-solver. You’ll have a can-do attitude. ‘Yes and’, rather than ‘no but’. Sky School is a new organisation - we do not have all the answers yet and we are only steadily building up our resource base, and we create solutions together.  

  • Curious and flexible. You’ll enjoy working in a variety of areas of work at the same time, and be keen to explore the world of remote working. 

  • Motivated and organised. You’ll set goals in collaboration with the team, meet deadlines and be eager  to set up and manage the systems that make our organisation work. 

  • Humble. You’ll be involved with big thinking stuff but also with a lot of the small stuff that keeps our organisation going. 

  • Growth mindset. You’ll be constantly wanting to improve, because we are a team of all life-long learners



  • You will have some experience of working with people of diverse backgrounds, including volunteers

  • You will have some experience of coordinating projects, work and/or events

  • You will have the ability to write well in English and to draft emails, articles and reports

  • You will be fluent in English (written and oral) 

  • You will have the ability to work independently and motivate yourself while working remotely


  • Experience of project planning and setting up and managing systems  

  • Experience of writing articles and drafting reports

  • Experience of preparing presentations 

  • Experience of coordinating crowdfunding campaigns

  • Experience of working with NGOs, education or other international organisations


Sky School has a flexible leave policy and in collaboration with your line manager, you will be able to fit your work around other responsibilities such as your studies, exams or childcare. 

This is a remote-working role and you will be able to arrange regular work times in collaboration with your line manager. You will usually be required to attend one weekly meeting in London. 

Subject to discussion, Sky School may be able to support a small stipend for a co-working space or similar. 

Application process and deadline

  • To apply, please send your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a covering letter to people@skyschool.world. 

  • The deadline to apply is 8 September, 2019 at mid-night UK time.

  • Interviews will take place in the week of 16 September, 2019.  

  • Within your application, please also provide the name, roles and contact details of two referees. We will not contact them without letting you know. 

Applicants are required to have the right to work in the UK. 

Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable persons is a priority for Sky School, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share that commitment. Applicants for any position at Sky School may need to undergo DBS checks, and must adhere to Sky School’s Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. 

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