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Volunteer role: Education Adviser for M&E and Data Analysis

Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Application Closing Date:28 Feb 2021
Interview date:NA
Start date:NA

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

At the request of the Ministry and CDP partners, the Education Advisor for M & E and Data Analysis will contribute to more robust and systemised monitoring & evaluation activities and data analysis, which is linked to improving quality of education planning and policy. He/she will provide technical assistance to personnel from the Department of M & E (approx. 60% of the time) and the Department of EMIS (approx. 40% of the time). The job purpose is to increase capacities of their staff through blended approaches of on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring on the following focused areas:
(i)Results-Based Management (RBM) report
(ii)Education Congress report
(iii)Statistical analysis for report writing
(iv)Improving the quality of data collected from sub-national levels

The job holder will also work collaboratively with another existing VSO adviser for the Departments of Planning and Policy to support harmonization of different capacity building practices of the 4 departments supporting education planners at the sub-national levels towards achieving the cross departmental outcomes under CDPF framework.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills required:

•Master degree in management or education studies and/or other relevant fields.

Work experience:
•At least 10 years of experience in the field of educational management, planning and capacity building, preferably in field of M & E and data analysis.
•Excellent knowledge of and experience from working with at least one of VSO’s core approaches: social inclusion and gender, social accountability, and resilience.

•Extensive experience and knowledge in capacity development including coaching and mentoring and on-the-job training and of at least one of the following areas:
•Data analysis, statistical knowledge and M&E
•Social Inclusion and gender in Education sector
•Experience of working in a developing country preferably in the field of education.
•Understanding/Knowledge of the value of volunteering in the education sector.

•Excellent communication skills and ability to present information in a clear and concise manner including verbal and written fluency in English.
•Excellent skills in Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel and Power Point).
•Excellent skills in building effective work relationships built on trust and mutual accountability.
•Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire others.
•Excellent coordination and planning skills with experience of delivering results under high pressure.
•Able to work in a cross-cultural context.
•Ability to analyse situations and finding innovative solutions to possible challenges.
•Ability to be flexible including being open to change, uncertainty and new opportunities.

•Experience of working in central or local government in an education context.
•Experience of volunteering for development.
•Understanding/Knowledge of participatory approaches.
•Experience of working within a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and with volunteers.

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.

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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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