Research Lead (volunteer)

Start Date

Late September 2019

End Date

July 2020 

(unless otherwise agreed)

Time Commitment

3-4 hours/week
(depending on events)


15th 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 a Research Lead for our COLOURS 2019 - 2020 team. The successful candidate will be leading a team of 3-4 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 Research Lead will work directly with the Heads and People & Research Director on planning and driving the short and long term research and knowledge development strategy for the year, and will play an important part in in shaping COLOURS' 2019-2020. The ideal candidate will bring with them ideas they are willing to share and implement, as well as experience in improving community outreach and research development.


Leading a small team that will make a real impact


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


Gain valuable, practical experience in creating blog schedules, research & knowledge development strategy


Gain first-hand experience in the social enterprise scene in Edinburgh


Gain valuable experience in managing primary and secondary research, and community outreach


Make valuable life-long connections to add to your network, especially within the third sector


Add an impressive role to your CV that demonstrates tangible skills, leadership, professional experience, and decision-making


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

Working with the Board on developing short + long term research, knowledge development, and community outreach strategy

Plan, monitor and manage the interview outreach campaign and schedule, and secondary research plan

Plan, monitor and manage the Blog post schedule, ensuring content quality and liaising with blog marketing

Uphold and safeguard our value of prioritising community well-being and needs

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

Friendly, approachable and understanding

Organised, capable of multi-tasking, and good writing skills and style

Prior experience of high-quality writing and research

(ideally with creative/social focus)

Interested in both the Refugee Crisis & Art

MS Office & Leadership Skills

(training will be given)
Qualitative Research Skills

Relatively tech savvy

(ideally some knowledge of utilising blog platforms)

Passionate about social messaging + Creating a platform for marginalised voices