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Volunteer role: Private sector engagement and Youth entrepreneurship Adviser

Type of role:Business, management and IT
Location:harare, Zimbabwe
Application Closing Date:20 Jan 2019
Interview date:13 February 2019
Start date:01 April 2019

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 project aims to improve and increase access to employment opportunities and promote economic empowerment for youths. The private sector engagement and entrepreneurship center development expert will work with Corporate Volunteers to establish, maintain and strengthen relations with private sector so that LZYE trainees can access apprenticeship, internships, trainings and possible jobs.
The expert will also train and advise Youth/Youth groups on various Entrepreneurship topic as well as supporting VETA staff by building their capacity on establishing and running an entrepreneurship hub/center.
Beside this the successful candidate will advise, encourage and coach youth with the aim to empower them on owning and starting their own business.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Professional Qualification and experience
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business management, Social science, Entrepreneurship, Livelihoods, Economics or relevant field.
- Experience coaching or mentoring of entrepreneurs
- Experience in small & medium entrepreneur development
- A good understanding of business operations
- Background of fundraising and marketing to raise profile for organizations
- Practical experience in agro-based value chains
- Experience in building relationships, networking and negotiating contracts
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience

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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