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Volunteer role: Business Development Service Officer – HSE.

Type of role:Agriculture and natural resources
Location:Iringa and Mwanza, Tanzania
Application Closing Date:28 May 2019
Interview date:To be announced
Start date:1st July 2019

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

The ideal person will Support Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (TLED) Project’s objective to facilitate delivery of Business Development Services (BDS) to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by focusing on Health, Safety and Environment training and provision of advice to the SMEs and national partners do adopt and practice gender practices in conducting business. In execution of his/her role, the candidate will work along with other national and international volunteer experts to support the SMEs to address socio-cultural barriers affecting growth of their businesses in Iringa, and Mwanza Regions.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Education requirements.
- A bachelor degree environment, health and safety or related subject.

- 3 years of work experience in a professional environment; preferably in a reputable company/organization
- Experience in conducting environmental assessments and organizing environmental, health and safety awareness training
- Report writing, monitoring and evaluation.
- Commitment to team and building its capacity.
- Must possess strong written and spoken English and Swahili language skills.
- Ability to be proactive and use creativity to drive solutions and results
- Excellent coordination and planning skills with experience of working under pressure. Time management skills.

• Desirable
- Experience working in business development.
- Understanding of the particular barriers facing female owned SMEs.
- Experience working within new businesses/start up environment

Able to travel and work away from home up to 40% of the time for field visits. Some weekend and evening work required

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.



As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at 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 organisation. 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 programmes 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 organisations, 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 programmes. 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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