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Volunteer role: Business Development Assistant (National Volunteer Role)

Type of role:Business, management and IT
Location:02 Vacancies based on Gaibandha and Rangpur, Bangladesh
Application Closing Date:17 Jun 2019
Interview date:TBA (To be announced).
Start date:On or before 30th June 2019

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

Bangladesh’s entrepreneurship program supports enterprises at all levels, from start-ups to ‘investment ready’ ventures. Sharing corporate expertise is vital in creating the core foundation to grow a successful next generation of businesses providing secure livelihoods for communities focusing on the most vulnerable; women and youth.

One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their business is a lack of business knowledge and missing provider of business services in rural areas.

The objective of the project is to increase capacity and ensure the employment of women and youth in rural Bangladesh.

The placement of national volunteer is focusing on support to corporate international volunteer in developing, mentoring and coaching to women and youth from the rural communities to become a successful entrepreneur.

Work as a peer of corporate international volunteer for business development.

• Support youth entrepreneur in business development.

• Mentor youth entrepreneur in growing the business.

• Track business growth through M&E tools.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Masters/ Bachelor degree in Entrepreneurship or Marketing or Accounting or Finance.

• Experience of work as an interpreter.
• Experience coaching or mentoring of entrepreneurs.
• Experience in small & medium entrepreneur development.
• A good understanding of business operations.

• Working within business start-up functions will be added advantage.
• Cross-cultural working experience will be added advantage.

Placement Duration

Under National Volunteer contract this role will start from as soon as possible - Tuesday, 31 December 2019. However, the extension of the contract will depend on the extension of the project. The duration may be extended or shortened according to project demand.

Facilities & Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your business travel, accommodation (conditions apply), medical support, insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in the local currency of BDT 20,800. This allowance meets reasonable food & living expenses in the country, but will not be enough to send money home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organization. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programs focus on the areas of health, education, and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender, and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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