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Volunteer role: Construction Expert - Volunteer

Location:Kingston, United Kingdom
Application Closing Date:27 Aug 2019
Interview date:tbc
Start date:ASAP

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. VSO volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities sharing skills and experience that help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things. VSO wolunteers help the communities they 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 our team of volunteers and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

This is an exciting opportunity to support our Global Procurement and Logistics team in reviewing and finalising the construction guidance section of our Logistics Manual. The guidance is currently in draft and requires expert input from a senior construction specialist prior to launch.

Skills, qualifications and experience

In this role, you will help review sections of the manual e.g. appointing appropriate construction specialists, running construction projects safely to follow industry standard and best practice among others.

To carry out this role successfully, you will possess the following skills, knowledge and experience:

• Significant experience in the construction industry
• Experience of working within the construction industry in developing countries
• Experience of working within the charity sector
• Experience of running construction tenders

• Skills in written communication (drafting guidance in layman’s terms)
• Skilled in using construction model form contracts (e.g. NEC)
• Skilled in construction tendering
• Ability to work well as part of a team

Desirable Criteria:

• Interest in, and commitment to, VSO’s vision and mission
• Ideally based in the UK and able to travel to VSO’s Kingston offices (if not possible, able to Skype call).

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure you have the right to work in the UK before you apply.

As a VSO volunteer you will work on an ad hoc basis, performing activities for VSO during your free time. Expenses you incur while volunteering for VSO are reimbursed (Reasonable transportation and lunch).

The role can be carried out in a flexible way online or in our Kingston office or a combination depending on your time and availability.

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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