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Volunteer role: Education Management Advisor

Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:TBC, Cambodia
Application Closing Date:31 Mar 2020
Interview date:TBC
Start date:TBC

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

VSO Cambodia are recruiting 8 international volunteers to work as Education Management Advisors (hereby referred to as EMAs) in the the third phase of a project called Capacity Development Partnership – VSO (hereby referred to as CDP). The project intends to enhance learning outcomes for children in Cambodia by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the education sector. Indeed, the project will focus on ensuring the development, implementation and monitoring of results-based and high quality sector plans and budgets in the sub-national levels, particularly in target provinces, districts and underperforming schools.
CDP is embedded in a wider program aimed to strengthen multiple functions and structures of the Cambodian education system. The program is managed by UNICEF and financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the European Union (EU) and is run in conjunction with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS). The intervention modality of CDP primarily rely on knowledge-sharing and capacity-building through activities like coaching and mentoring of sub-national education officials (i.e. MoEYS staff placed at provincial- and district levels and school directors) carried out by international- and national volunteers placed within 8 Provincial Office of Education (POE).
The EMAs will work in pair with national Senior- and Junior Education Volunteers to be placed in POEs across 8 provinces. In brief, EMAs will work towards strengthening regional and local planning and management systems and building the planning and management capacity of MoEYS official at subnational levels. Although based at POE but will also provide support to officials based at targeted DOE and to school directors within the province. The EMAs will work to maximise the impact and sustainability of their inputs by promoting local ownership through mentoring and coaching. The role as an EMA requires extensive professional experience within the field of educational planning and management with skills in problem-solving, analytical thinking, adaptive implementation and continuous professional development (i.e. ability to inspire, mentor, coach and facilitate training). In addition, each EMA will provide specific expertise in one or more area(s) of focus of the project, such as Data analysis or Social Inclusion and gender, for the benefit of the whole team. This will require some travel and capacity building plans to the other provinces and close coordination with the central ministry.

Skills, qualifications and experience

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.

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