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Volunteer role: Education Specialist - Unlocking Talent


Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:Various Districts, Malawi
Application Closing Date:30 Sep 2019
Interview date:To Be advised
Start date:To Be Advised

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 is currently implementing the Unlocking Talent Project in various primary schools in Malawi. The project uses tablet technology to improve core competencies of reading, writing, and mathematics for Standard 1 and 2 (early grade) primary school children. This is an exciting initiative that will among other things provide real-time data to teachers and school administrators on learners progress. This, therefore, provides new and different opportunities and challenges that educators need to respond to.
Therefore the project is looking for an education adviser who will be able to train and support the teachers and school administrators to be able to respond to these challenges and to mainstream this new approach into their teaching as well as the overall school activities.

Skills, qualifications and experience

- The ideal applicant would be a person who has at least five years of experience working in the education sector.
- You would have teaching and classroom management experience especially in the early grades (first and second year of primary school).
- Additionally, the ideal candidate should have experience in using different and innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes; experience in using data/research outcomes to make and implement initiatives that would enhance learning; ability to self manage and set targets.
- They should also have teacher training, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation experience.
- Prior experience in using technology in education would also be a plus.

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.

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