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Volunteer role: Global Leadership Advisor

Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Kigali City, Rwanda
Application Closing Date:31 May 2020
Interview date:March 2020
Start date:May/June 2020

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

The purpose of this Job is To promote the uptake of Global Volunteering Standards and the Volunteering for Development Approach within VSO programmes and among partner organisations


• Facilitating workshops for VSO staff, Volunteers and partner organisations on Global Volunteering Standards.
• Technical support for programme managers on integrating volunteering standards in VSO programmes
• Engaging partner institutions on adoption of the Volunteering for development approach and Volunteering standards
• Facilitating workshops with VSO partners on the Volunteering for development approach.
• Technical support to partner organisations to learn and adopt the volunteering for development approach in their volunteering programmes
• Reviewing the Rwanda Volunteering Policy and Engaging the Ministry of Youth and Culture on Policy Discussions
• Facilitating discussions on Rwanda’s Volunteering Policy with organisations that are running volunteer programmes in Rwanda.
• Produce knowledge products on integration on Volunteering standards in VSO programmes and programmes for partner organisations
• Participating in meetings, workshops, conferences that are focused on Volunteerism, Volunteering for Development and Global Volunteering Standards
• Conduct field visits in different areas of Rwanda to provide technical support on implementing the Volunteering for Development approach and Global Volunteering standards
• Participate in VSO training workshops on inclusion, gender, social accountability and resilience
• Collect data and evidence on adoption of Global standards in the VSO programmes and programmes of partner organisations.
• Participate in platforms/conferences/events to showcase the volunteering for development approach and VSO programmes
Note that this position involves field visits. Field visits involve travel on local buses and on motorbike taxis.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Skills and Knowledge:

Education Skills, Knowledge and Experience


• Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, development management, public policy, leadership or related studies.
• At least five years’ practical experience in development work especially in education, livelihoods and health
• Strong facilitation and communication skills
• A good understanding of social inclusion and gender
• Participatory research skills
• Skills and experience on policy analysis and stakeholder engagement
• Proven ability to write high level quality reports generating evidence and change case stories
• Fluent English speaker with good written skills and the ability to explain complex concepts to audiences of different levels of experience and knowledge.
• Proven ability to technically train, coach and supervise others.


• Programme management experience
• Experience and Skills for planning and organizing meetings, workshops, conferences


• Computer skills – MS Office 9 Word, Excel PPT

• Influencing, negotiation and facilitation skills
• Stakeholder engagement and Research skills

• Sensitivity to working in developing countries
• Working collaboratively with a diverse team.

Competence 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.

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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