Community Engagement & Research Officer (volunteer)

Start Date

Early October 2019

End Date

July 2020 

(unless otherwise agreed)

Time Commitment

2-3 hours/week
(depending on events)


30th September 2019

About the Role


We are a group of students & recent graduates creating a platform for Scotland’s Refugees to share their voice through art. Through a research-driven educational campaign, we use our online presence and creative events to raise awareness in the local community about what it means to be a refugee, with the vision of a welcoming and accepting society.

We are looking for 2-3 Community Engagement and Research Officers for our COLOURS 2019 - 2020 team. The successful candidates will be working with a team of 5-6 dedicated, skilful and highly motivated volunteers. The ideal candidate should be organised, socially driven (specifically within the issues surrounding refugee and asylum seeker integration), a good writer, and have some experience in qualitative research or journalism. 

The Community Engagement and Research Officer's main focus will be supporting the Research lead the rest of the Research team with relationship building within the community and conducting interviews. They would ideally be able to speak conversational level or above Arabic or Farsi.




Raising awareness amongst thousands of people about the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, helping to challenge misconceptions and negative perceptions


Make lifelong friends that have similar interests and a similar mindset to you


Real-world experience in socially-focused primary and secondary research, and community engagement


The opportunity to highlight marginalised voices


Make valuable connections to add to your network, especially within the creative and third sectors


Add an impressive role to your CV that demonstrates tangible skills and professional experience within arts and social enterprise/third sector. 


Be a part of a social enterprise with high growth potential and potential future internationalisation

Reaching out and getting involved with existing organisations and contacts to build a dialogue, form connections, and reach out for interviews

Arranging for, conducting and transcribing interviews

Assisting with talking to people about community issues, especially those relevant to the refugees/asylum seeker community

Researching and writing blog posts

Assisting with peer reviews of blog posts & assisting the marketing team with research-driven online comms


Socially driven with the aim to use theirs skills to better the world

Friendly, approachable and understanding

Adept at building and managing relationships

Passionate about / Interested in creating a platform for marginalised voices

Interested in both the Refugee Crisis & Art

Organisation & MS Office Skills

(desirable but training will be provided)


related degree

[Current Student/Graduate] (desirable)

Arabic or Farsi speaker
(student/graduate desirable)