A deep commitment to child rights and the aspirations of the organisation is an essential quality for all roles in Challenging Heights. We place more emphasis on practical knowledge, skills and passion than paper qualifications. We look for demonstrable skills and seek “can do” and “will do” employees. Challenging Heights strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

Employment Opportunities

Partners in Development Officer

We are looking for a strong leader and communicator to join us as our Partners in Development Officer. This role reflects Challenging Heights’ commitment to cultivating partnerships at home and abroad and expanding the ranks of our international ‘friends’ who advocate on our behalf. This role would suit someone who is committed, proactive and has volunteer experience, ideally in the not-for-profit sector. Passion and commitment will get you far! This position will report to the CH Director and will facilitate up to two dozen volunteers at a time. Regular travel within Ghana is required.

For more details please see the Job Description. Deadline: 5pm (GMT) on 28 February 2017.

Please note it is our policy that only successful candidates will be informed once applications have been received.


Internships are available for one to six months. We usually expect interns to begin their stay with us by participating in the Advocates Programme, and we reimburse the programme fee for interns who stay for 2 months or more. Internships are unpaid, and interns are responsible for their own costs whilst at Challenging Heights, though we do provide airport pick-up and drop-off.

Applications are rolling and based on organisational need. As our needs change over time, the descriptions below are examples only, and we encourage you to think creatively about what role you might play with us.

  • Research: designing and conducting an intensive research project either with our staff or in the field. While we have specific research needs, we welcome proposals from all interested individuals and teams from the baccalaureate through doctorate levels.
  • Partnerships & Fundraising: cultivating partnerships in Ghana and abroad, contributing to fundraising proposals, and working with international ‘friends’ who advocate and fundraise on our behalf.
  • Reading Tutor / After-school Coach: helping small groups of children practise their reading at the school library and leading extra classes after school for slow learners. Organising indoor & outdoor play activities and facilitating child rights clubs after school. Experienced interns may conduct training sessions for less experienced teachers and produce teaching & learning materials for the teachers.
  • Administrative Assistant: providing human resource or secretarial support and helping with the smooth running of the office.
  • Advocacy: assisting our communications and advocacy programme by researching, writing policy papers, and meeting with stakeholders.
  • Play Leader / Teaching Assistant: organising indoor and outdoor play activities on afternoons, evenings and weekends with the children at the CH shelter. This is a longer-term internship because of the sensitive nature of working with children during rehabilitation. Preference will be given to applicants who speak a Ghanaian language spoken by the children at our shelter (Fante, Twi, Ewe, Effutu). Basic shared accommodation and full-board meals are available at the shelter for a weekly fee; otherwise daily travel will be required.
  • Social Work / Child Monitoring: Assisting our Reintegration team in determining guardians’ suitability to care for children, educating families on the importance of human rights and formal education, and monitoring reintegrated children for their success and safety. These interns must speak at least one of the following languages, in addition to English: Fante, Twi, Ewe, or Effutu.