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Volunteer role: Gender and Peace Building Advisor

Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Shan, Myanmar
Application Closing Date:29 Aug 2019
Interview date:TBA
Start date:ASAP

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 Gender and Peacebuilding Advisor will provide technical support to partners’ organization to deepen understanding, enhance programme quality and delivery and empower women and men to engage in peacebuilding in communities. The volunteer will support partners to identify and implement innovative and conflict-sensitive approaches to peacebuilding and roll our women-led peacebuilding initiatives. The Volunteer will work with different level of stakeholders involve working closely with partner organizations providing technical support to peacebuilding including design, method, approaches, advocacy, and gender sensitive integration of peacebuilding programme. S/he will work with CSOs, government and other institutions to strengthen partnerships for integrating peace building policies and practices in development initiatives.
The Volunteer will be based in Shan and travels to all program areas.

Skills, qualifications and experience

A University degree in Social Sciences, Gender, Peace building, International Development, or related field. A minimum of more than seven years professional experience in a related sector or context (e.g., Conflict sensitivity, Gender, Peace building, Inclusion, Women Empowerment and Development etc)

Experience and demonstrated results in peacebuilding and integrated gender in programming, in a developing country context

Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to conflict, women, ethnic and religious minority.

Experience in advocacy and/or influencing a range of decision-makers e.g. national governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN organisations.

Excellent communication and social skills, the ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders in a developing country and non-English speaking context.

Ability to work independently as well as with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.

1. Demonstrated success in engaging with and mobilizing communities related to gender and peace building
2. Ability to work both as team member and independently.
3. Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with high level stakeholders
4. Experience in capacity strengthening. Training and advisory work
5. Experience of Monitoring and evaluation, particularly of advocacy projects
6. Awareness and sensitivity of political/socio-cultural context of Myanmar and wider South East Asian region


As a VSO volunteer you will work on an ad hoc basis, performing activities for VSO / your community during your free time. Expenses you incur while volunteering for VSO are reimbursed (be more specific if applicable).


If you are not able to work from your own home, VSO will provide basic accommodation (including utilities).

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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