Volunteer role: Livelihoods Adviser - Entrepreneurship Adviser -Bilingual (Portuguese/Spanish/French and English speaking)
|Type of role:||Agriculture and natural resources|
|Partner organisation:||Department for International Development|
|Application Closing Date:||30 Sep 2020|
VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia. Our programmes focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.
You will support the VSO Country Office to make Secure Livelihoods and Small Business programming decisions. You will carry out research into Technical and Vocational Training (TVET), value chain analysis, business planning, and Village small scale lending Associations (VSLAs) resulting in a list of recommendations that will inform VSO Secure Livelihoods and Business strategy and in particular, Provide technical support to local partners in implementing income generating activities;
Support curriculum development or review for Technical Vocational institutions.
Designing and implement value chain analysis, business planning, and Village small scale lending Associations (VSLAs).
Skills, qualifications and experience
•A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Social Sciences or International Development
•Proven experiences of working with national governments and building relationships with government departments
•Proven experience of skills development, labour market development and/or market development programming
•Excellent communication skills with good command of both spoken and written Portuguese.
•Strong report writing skills
•Experience of making evidence based programming recommendations
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
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
In the last 60 years, we have worked in over 90 countries and supported over 50 million people. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation.
Our proven approach works with volunteers of different skillsets, from overseas consultants to youth. These volunteers work alongside community organisations, local and national governments, and global partners. Right now, VSO is bringing justice to rape survivors in Pakistan, building resilient disaster prevention and relief in Mozambique, ending stigma against children with disabilities in Ethiopia and tackling the youth skills gap in Uganda and Bangladesh.
Today over 50% 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: create a fair world for everyone.
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