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Volunteer role: Capacity Building Adviser (National volunteer role)

Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Bangkok, Thailand
Application Closing Date:31 May 2020
Interview date:TBA
Start date:August 2020

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

Capacity Building Adviser (National volunteer role) will support the PSDS on capacity building and coordinate with partner organizations. The volunteer will also focus on sharing experience, transferring skills & knowledge, and strengthen the volunteering system in order to implement the workplan effectively.
The Puey Ungphakorn School of Development Studies (PSDS) was originally founded as the Graduate Volunteer Centre (GVC) in 1969. Its objectives were to provide opportunities for graduates of different universities to experience rural life and learn about various aspects of local communities. Volunteer were expected to become more aware of rural and national development concerns. At present PSDS becomes a full-fledged higher education institute that provide 3-degree programs; Graduated Diploma program on volunteerism, Bachelor of Arts in Creative Development (since 2016) and Master of Arts in Creative Development (since 2018). 100 students enroll annually in the BA program, 20 in the MA program and 25-30 in the Graduate Diploma program. The three programs aims to develop social change agents. Undergraduates; the students they may choose to focus on contemporary community development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), social entrepreneurship, or volunteer management. The MA program on Creative Development focus on research-oriented approach to their topic of choice. The Graduate Diploma program is still Thailand’s first and only service learning program for the rural community.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Skills, Knowledge and Experience
• This position is for Thai citizen
• Extensive knowledge on volunteer management.
• Knowledge and work experience related to sustainable development goals (SDGs).

• Experience and knowledge of youth and education development (Preferred but not necessarily).

• Experience on youth engagement and volunteer management.
• Able to adapt to new environment and work with others.
• Able to use basic Microsoft Office package and presentation skills.
• Able to take note, capture key points, and summarize the report during seminars or conferences.
• English skills at moderate level.

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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