Are you an experienced educator with an interest in volunteering for development? Or have you experience working for community organisations in Ireland and want to expand on your skills overseas? If so, we want to hear from you!
Karamoja is one of the poorest and least developed regions in Uganda. Many children are not able to go to school – in one district, only 6.4% of girls finish primary education at all. Our upcoming inclusive education programme aims to change that. We’re looking for experienced education volunteers to share their skills with local professionals and help more marginalised children get the education they deserve.
Community Development Specialists
We need Community Development Specialists for this programme, to be placed in both Kotido and Moroto districts. These volunteers will collaborate with the Community Development Office to ensure that local communities have a voice on education services and more marginalised children are able to go to school. This will include promoting community dialogue about inclusive education and resolving conflicts, particularly in relation to girls’ education. These volunteers will work closely with other VSO volunteers, as well as community based organisations, members of School Management Committees and Parent Teacher Associations.
Our Community Development Specialist roles are ideal if you have a degree in social sciences, social work, community development, gender or special education and at least five years’ experience in community development. You should be able to interact easily with people from diverse rural groups and be able to work effectively with minimum supervision.
Teacher Educators – Gender and Inclusive Education Specialists
Working with the Kotido and Moroto District Education Offices, our Teacher Educators will build the capacity of the local government and schools, and help more marginalised children, especially girls, receive quality education. Part of the focus of this role will be on addressing the challenges and barriers affecting girls’ education, such as social norms and community attitudes. These volunteers will also provide technical support and advice to the Kotido District Education Office, helping to develop an inclusive education environment with fairer opportunities.
If you’re an education professional with a degree in primary education, inclusive education, gender or a related discipline and at least five years’ experience, we’d love to hear from you. Excellent training, planning and management skills are also required.
Comprehensive support package
The successful applicants will receive pre-departure and in-country training to ensure they develop the soft skills required to thrive in their new working environment. Costs, including flights and accommodation, are covered and a monthly volunteer allowance is also provided.
Interested in finding out more?
If you’d like to register your interest for one of these roles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications from both working and retired professionals are welcomed.