Volunteer SIHMA Admin Communications

Full Time

Minimum commitment: three months.

Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility In Africa

Established in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014, the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) conducts research that contributes to the development of informed policies and promotes the rights and dignity of migrants and refugees in Africa. Besides the research focus, SIHMA houses a growing collection of printed books on migration related-issues for public research and organises events and conferences on human mobility in Africa.


An Africa where the human rights of people on the move are ensured and their dignity is promoted.


To conduct and disseminate research that contributes to the understanding of human mobility and informs policies that ensure the rights and dignity of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Africa.

Our main activities are

Research on topics and burning issues of the migratory phenomenon on the entire African continent.
Publishing The African Human Mobility Review (AHMR), an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects (socioeconomic, political, legislative and developmental) of human mobility in Africa and also publishing articles and reports, both at academic and informative level.
Formation and training for operators and pastoral management caring of migrants and refugees at different levels.
Organisation of events, workshops and conferences.
Networking with all the Scalabrini Study Centres in the world (Rome, Paris, New York, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Manila) and many other institutions and organisations (University of Western Cape, UCT, SACBC).

SIHMA Administration and Communications Volunteer Overview

The first component of the volunteer role is to assist with a variety of day-to-day tasks: reception, administration, running errands, assisting in events’ management.

The second task concerns communication, in order to make SIHMA stand out, to report on what we are doing and to make information about our activities accessible through social media, our website and other channels. We aim to disseminate our findings also for those who are not used to dealing with specialised articles, but are interested in learning about the situation of migrants and refugees in Africa through “knowledge products” (YouTube videos, presentations, keynotes and publications) of high quality.

We are looking for a dynamic person who is able to take initiative and work independently, in synergy with the collaborators of SIHMA and its director.

Tasks may include but not limited to:

Reception with various task, dealing with calls and emails, photocopies, administration.
Assisting in events management for workshops, roundtables, seminars and conferences.
Assisting in social media management, like creating posts for our Facebook and Twitter account.
Writing reports of our activities and events (both for magazines and our website).
Researching and writing interesting or topical articles related to our work.
Creating knowledge products (videos, keynotes, articles) from the existing material of our journal or other journals.
Checking and selecting material to be published on our website.

Skills and attributes needed:

Good written and verbal communication, strong editing skills in English.
Self-motivated, detail-oriented.
Skills in planning and preparation of events and activities.
Excellent computer skills with experience in social media.
The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
Open to learning and growing within the volunteer experience.
Skills in website building, photography and video editing are a plus - but not required.
Ability to work independently with some support.
Ability to prioritise and multitask multiple projects of interest in public relations, communications, digital communication, intercultural communication and marketing for NGOs.


We require a minimum commitment of three months, Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4.30pm.

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