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Volunteer role: Inclusive Education Advisor

Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:Various Districts, Rwanda
Application Closing Date:27 Jul 2019
Interview date:TBA
Start date:September-January 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

Working with one other volunteer Inclusive Education Adviser, advise on the final design of project interventions which aim to improve learning among children with disabilities and which include i) improvements to identification, screening and diagnosis processes; ii) teacher development and teaching practice; iii) enhanced school leadership by head teachers and School General Assembly Committees (SGACs); and improved coordination and management by local education authorities.
• Provide ongoing technical advice and leadership in the implementation of project interventions.
• Train, mentor and coordinate a team of five national volunteers working across Rwanda in their role as Special Needs Education Coordinators (SNECOs) – SNECOs will deliver the above key programme interventions at local level with support from the Inclusive Education Advisers.
• Make regular school and community visits to support the achievement of the programme.
• Regularly collect data on progress towards achieving programme goals.
• Look for and adapt instruments for the screening and assessment of children with disabilities
• Develop training manuals on inclusive education screening and assessment of children with disabilities for the training of teachers and SNECOs
• Develop disability inclusive education training/reference manuals for both pre-service and in-service teachers
• Support the SNECOs to follow up and support the teachers trained

Key performance indicators
• Improved identification and assessment of children with disabilities in school.
• Improved teaching and learning of children with disabilities in school.
• Improved leadership at school and local level in support of the learning of children with disabilities.
• Improved parental and community engagement in the education of children with disabilities.
• Documented learning for the scale-up of the role of SNECOs in the education system.
• Documented learning on the effectiveness of BLF interventions and their suitability for scale-up across Rwanda.

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.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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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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