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Volunteer role: Gender, Peace building and Social Cohesion Advisor


Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Mon, 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, Peace building and Social Cohesion Advisor will provide overall technical support to VSO and partner’s organization. The volunteer will promote inclusive peace building and inter-communal harmony and cohesive society. S/he will facilitate the integration of gender, peace and social cohesion to support existing and coming projects in the area of good governance, social protection and how to empower peace in ethnic diversified. The volunteer will enhance and develop peacebuilding strategies, social protection tools, gender and inclusion sensitive policies and procedures together with good governance and accountable approach. The Volunteer will lead, and facilitate peacebuilding and social cohesion including design, method, approaches, and advocacy in gender sensitive approach. S/he will work with CSOs, government and other institutions through the engagement in coordination with recent volunteers and Program Manager to strengthen the tolerance, conflict sensitivity and resilient society.

The Volunteer will be based in Mon and travels to all program areas.

Gender, Peace building and Social Cohesion Technical Support
The Volunteer will strengthen and build capabilities and capacities (through mentoring, facilitation and technical support) of partner organization and institutions in gender, peace building and social cohesion in relation to the development of strategies, policies and programme to eliminate and reduce exclusion of marginalized people including people with disability, women, girls, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities.

The volunteer will enhance women participation in peace building process, building resilient and harmonious society together with partner organization.

The volunteer will develop, learn and share good practice and framework of promoting trust and building cohesive society in ethnic minority and conflict zone.

The volunteer will encourage and facilitate community-based dialogue on peace building and develop learning platform for community in gender, peace and social cohesion.

Developing the related Resources:
The volunteer will develop contextualized and lead and facilitate community based assessment, training, tools, frameworks and resources to enable better understanding on peace and of social cohesion. S/he will develop and support the community to empower gender mainstreaming in peace building. S/he will help and facilitate the program and project to be contextualized in resource development.

Promoting capacity building on gender, peacebuilding and social cohesion
The volunteer will conduct capacity building and promoting inclusive peace building and inter-communal harmony and integration, Community dialogue, learning and engagements. The Volunteer will work with other volunteers, community and partners to facilitate context analysis, reviews and reflections to conflict and how to build social cohesive society. S/he will produce and facilitate to develop case studies with thorough analysis of a situation and focus on gender, peace and social cohesion.

Networking, Alliance building and Policy Engagements:
Identity and build linkages with peace and gender networks, alliances and stakeholders including EAOs, Government, CSOs, empower local governance, conflict sensitivity, peacebuilding. Explore community of practice on peace building and gender equality with strong emphasis on people with disability, women, and youth in disadvantaged and ethnic communities.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• A University degree in Social Sciences, Public Policy, 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.

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

Allowance

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).

Accommodation

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

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