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Volunteer role: Disability Inclusion Coach-RELi Project

Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:Isiolo/Laikipia, Kenya
Application Closing Date:1 Mar 2021
Interview date:To be confirmed
Start date:From April 2021

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. 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.

Role overview

The purpose of the placement is to support implementation of Right to Education and Life for marginalized children with Disabilities project in Isiolo and Laikipia counties.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)

• A diploma/degree in Special Needs and/or Inclusive Education /Early childhood education/Education
• Teachers Service Commission Registration Certificate
• An understanding of challenges facing inclusive /special education
• Ability to employ various techniques in facilitating trainings among children with disabilities, the community, teachers and other stakeholders
• Knowledge on different disabilities and their transition pathways
• Good communication, computer skills and ability to manage organization resources
• Ability to work independently and in a team.
• Attitude of listening, initiative, and creativity
• Interpersonal competence and ability to maintain good partnership relations
• Knowledge of Competence Based Curriculum (CBC)
• Demonstratable understanding of the transition process for children with disabilities

Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)

• Understanding of key protection concerns in education and child safeguarding
• Knowledge on policies related to inclusive education and child protection
• Knowledge or experience in project cycle management is an added advantage
• Knowledge of Kenya Sign Language/Braille will be an added advantage
• At least 2 years continuous experience in implementing inclusive education related projects
• Desirable experience in training teachers on professional documents development

• Ability to work in ASAL areas with challenging terrains
• An ability to handle insecure environments
• Knowledge on material development for children with disabilities

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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