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Volunteer role: Early Childhood Education Adviser

Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Partner organisation:Mukti Cox's Bazar
Application Closing Date:21 Jun 2019
Interview date:To Be Announced (TBA)
Start date:04th August 2019

VSO is the world's leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

This position will ensure all types of technical support to ensure successful implementation of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) through ‘Mobile Learning Centre’ in Rohyinga Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar. The specialist will ensure all sorts of technical support to develop contextualize ECCD curriculum; ensure child-friendly learning environment; capacity building of mother/sister/aunt/ community youth volunteers through ‘MESH guide’.

The ECCD specialist will lead the process of showcasing ‘ECCD Mobile Learning Centre’ as one of the best innovations considering extreme constraint of open space at Rohyinga camp through mothers and sisters approached. Therefore he/she will develop different modules on ECCD capacity building for different types. Different organizations already started/going to start their intervention for early childhood development, and this position will focus to exchange learnings among different organizations. The EiE cluster and different institutions of Bangladesh Government are well functioning at Cox’s Bazar, and this position will liaison with all forums/platforms to highlight VSOB’s inputs for ECCD during Rohyinga crisis at Cox’s Bazar.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Required work experience/skills:
• Minimum Bachelor degree, preferably a Master’s degree, in Education (ideally with specialization in ECCD)
• Minimum 8 years work experience in early childhood education
• Experience of course design and education program development
• Practical knowledge of inclusive education strategies
• Experience of designing and facilitating training workshops
• Experience of working and living in developing countries, preferably in Southeast Asia
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including presentation and training skills to majority non-English speaking audiences
• Excellent written and spoken English

Personal Qualities
This individual should be:
• A self-starter who learns quickly and works well in a team environment with minimal supervision, gaining staff trust and confidence so that outcomes can be achieved together
• Adaptable: this is key to living and working in Myanmar. At the personal level, the volunteer will have to make major adjustments simply to live and work in a different culture and environment. Volunteers need to demonstrate and practice patience and cultural sensitivity. This involves being non-judgmental and accepting of various religious and cultural traditions
• Resourceful and flexible


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.

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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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