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Volunteer role: Climate Change Youth Adviser - E-volunteer

Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Remote, Various Countries
Partner organisation:VSO International
Application Closing Date:15 Apr 2021
Interview date:TBA
Start date:April 2021

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

VSO has identified climate change and climate justice as a key cross cutting priority that we need to amplify in our external communications and integrate much more in our programming. The purpose of this role will be to support youth activists from the global south to engage effectively in climate justice nationally and globally. In this role, you will provide mentoring support to youth leaders/spokespersons that VSO will support from April to November 2021 in their engagement with youth climate networks, as well as their national governments and in regional and global processes.
This role will require a time commitment of 8 – 14 hours per week from April 2021 till end of November 2021.

Skills, qualifications and experience

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working in collaboration. Our selection process includes an assessment of the following core competencies in addition to the essential and desirable skills, knowledge and experience required for the role.

Competencies and Behaviour
• Ability to work in a collaborative way with other people to facilitates positive change
• Ability to proactively share and receive knowledge to promote growth of individuals and programmes.
• Ability to work creatively and resourcefully in environments of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
• Ability to demonstrate an inclusive and non-judgemental approach, valuing and respecting diversity.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

• A degree in Environmental science, International relations, Development studies, Education, Gender Studies, Community Development and Population Studies, Social Science and/or other related fields of study.
• Minimum of 5 years working in an International Organization with demonstrated experience in engaging with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes.
• Excellent understanding of climate change, able to document and share learning as appropriate.
• Good understanding of policy influencing and engagement processes and ways to support young activists and volunteers
• Experience of coaching and mentoring youths from diverse backgrounds
• Excellent organisational skills with ability to use a range of online tools for meetings and webinars.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Able to commit 8 -14 hours per week for 8 months (April to November 2021)


Experience in working with the African Union (AU) will be an added advantage
Experience of facilitating online participatory training with Youths.

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

This role is a volunteer role and mainly remote working, VSO will only reimburse all reasonable related expenses incurred while performing the activities e.g. data bundle/communications expenses.

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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