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Volunteer role: Peacebuilding Specialist


Type of role:Engineering and technical
Location:Various Countries, Various Countries
Partner organisation:VSO International
Application Closing Date:31 Dec 2020
Interview date:To be Confirmed
Start date:Soonest Possible

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.

Role overview

The purpose of this role is to provide technical assistance to post-conflict and peace building activities with local partner organisations and key stakeholders, including community members and leaders, and government officials.

Skills, qualifications and experience

•At least 10 years of experience in building the skills and capacity of civil society organisations and nonprofits, focused on participatory approaches
•Proven experience of working as a technical trainer for adult learners and discussion facilitator for diverse groups
•Strong understanding of the role of civil society in a developing country context, (knowledge of Myanmar country context is a plus)
•Experience working in a resource poor environment and/or (post)conflict environments
•Strong background and experience in transferring skills in the area of civil society leadership, people management, strategic planning, public speaking, peacebuilding, social cohesion building, etc.
•Excellent communication and writing skills
•A self-starter who learns quickly and works well in a team environment with minimal supervision
•Patience and a good understanding of team dynamics
•Ability to work well with a variety of individuals in a challenging, cross-cultural setting.

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.

Allowance

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.

Accommodation

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.

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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