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Volunteer role: Disability Inclusion Advisor

Location:Uganda, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:30 Jun 2019
Interview date:Soon as possible
Start date:June 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 Disability advisor in close collaboration with the social inclusion advisor will work to develop a framework for rolling out the use of the Washington Group Set of questions, build capacities of staff in country programmes on WGQ and develop analysis of the findings of the use of the WGQ set of questions. The advisor will be based in his/her home location with frequent travel to our country programmes for support, mentoring and coaching staff. The focus of the assignment will be to support our SIG team in roll out of the use of the WGQ set of questions in our programmes across various country programmes.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Experience in working on disability and inclusion programming, preferably at an international level.

Knowledge of development projects in areas of health, education and livelihoods.

Fluency English

Demonstrated experience of disability inclusion.

Sound technical knowledge of tools such as The Washington Group short set of questions, and other assessment tools relevant to work on disability

Knowledge of working in the community level and developing disability inclusive programmes

Experience of working with people across all age groups, particularly children and elder people

Experience in developing case management tools and care protocols is favourable

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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