Stellenausschreibung: Research Assistant (Praktikum, Werkstudent:in, Freelance)


Unser kleines Team in Berlin sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine:n Praktikant:in, Werkstudent:in oder Freelancer:in, der oder die uns bei der Recherchearbeit unterstützt und Analysen zu Kontext und Spender:innen in Deutschland liefert. Alle Infos in der Stellenausschreibung:


Location: Berlin or remote in time zone close to Berlin
Salary: According to SOS Mediterranee’s salary grid and professional experience
Reports to: General Manager Germany
Contract Type: Flexible arrangements for an agreed period as consultant, internship, working student or similar


The European Association for the Rescue of Life at Sea “SOS MEDITERRANEE” is a maritime and humanitarian organisation founded by a group of European citizens in 2015 to face the lack of adequate rescue capacity in the Mediterranean. In six years of Search and Rescue operations, the teams on board the ship Aquarius and Ocean Viking (operating since 2019) have rescued and assisted more than 35.000 persons in the Central Mediterranean, the deadliest migratory route in the world. These operations are currently run in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Initially founded in Germany and France, the European Association has grown into an international network of four national chapters in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.

The purpose is: Save lives of people in distress at sea; protect and assist them until they are disembarked in a place of safety and testify to this situation and the many faces of migration.

At the end of 2021, the German branch of SOS MEDITERRANEE announced its decision to part ways from the international network and start a new project under the name “SOS Humanity”. SOS MEDITERRANEE is convinced of the relevance to maintain a branch of the European organisation in Germany, with its unique positioning in the field of Search and Rescue NGOs. Therefore, SOS MEDITERRANEE International network has decided to re-establish a new chapter in Germany.

The Purpose of the Role

The Research Analyst is a new role within the small German team that will provide insight and analysis. They will conduct research on German fundraising and related markets, sectors and donors. The post will help to understand the German context, empowering fundraisers and leadership to make effective decisions and ensure external partnerships and donor relationships are effective. The role works closely with Fundraising and Communication Managers and will contribute to the delivery of SOS Mediteranee’s fundraising target and institutional goals. The role reports to the Director Germany.


Market Analysis

  • Undertake desk and similar research on market and industry sectors, and on peers to support effective decision-making across the team.
  • Build reports and context analysis to provide support across the team, including competitor analysis.

Donor Insight

Provide insight into understanding donors (corporates, trusts & foundations, institutions and individuals) and their requirements and interests to maximize the donor acquisition.

Due Diligence

Undertake effective due diligence on corporates, trusts & foundations, and individuals to ensure the engagements with partners and donations are compliant and in line with SOS Mediterranee’s codes of practice.



Essential Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:  

  • Experience with desk research, ideally market and/or competitor analysis
  • Ability to produce reports and presentations
  • Ability to collect and assess information, identifying key points and drawing conclusions.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good reading, writing, and communication skills
  • Adaptable to changing team needs
  • Experience of working effectively in a remote team
  • The capacity to manage competing deadlines and multiple tasks and priorities
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Fluent in German. Good English.



  • Experience working in or knowledge of the nonprofit and Search and Rescue sectors
  • Interest and experience of market or similar research
  • Knowledge of fundraising and EU data protection regulations
  • Determined and creative approach
  • Motivated and result focused


Please send your CV and a cover letter describing your role specific skills and experiences in English via email to Please state “Research Assistant” and your name in the email subject line.

We will review applications on a rolling basis until the post is filled. Please send any questions to