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Volunteer role: Education Gender Advisor


Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Chimoio, Mozambique
Application Closing Date:28 Feb 2019
Interview date:TBA
Start date:TBA

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

The role is to support and advise target partners (local education providers and community leaders) in integrating and implementing inclusive education practices for people with disabilities and ensuring accessibility of quality education for all girls at age of 15 - 19 of , who have been excluded from the Education System for different reasons.
Include issues on Gender in the activities and assure protection against early marriages, early pregnancies and sexual abuse.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Essential

• University degree in the Social Sciences, preferably in Gender and Development if possible
• Experience of working at NGO level (local/national/international)
• Knowledge in human rights (women men, Childs, and People with disabilities rights)
• Excellent analytical and writing skills
• Good knowledge of international gender forums
• Ability to organize training/workshops
• Creativity, able to initiate plans for improving planning and other extra activities
• Resilience, flexibility, adaptability and a sense of humour when faced with problems, obstacles and frustrating circumstances
• Demonstrated commitment to capacity development principles and ability to transfer knowledge and skills and empower counterparts to lead organisational processes
• Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills.
• You’re able to present progress reports, project updates and briefings to a range of audiences in a clear, accurate and confident manner
• Willing to travel to 40 target literacy schools in the Manica Province
• You’re computer literate in Microsoft Office
Experience
• You have at least 5 years’ experience in gender activities
• You have proven experience in project management

• All applicants must possess strong written and spoken English language skills. Applicants may be required to take a VSO language test as part of the selection process.

Desirable

• Experienced in developmental context
• Previous travel of home country
• Fluency in Portuguese or Spanish or willingness to learn Portuguese

Allowance

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.

Accommodation

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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