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Volunteer role: Psychosocial Support and Emotional Learning Expert (E-volunteer)


Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:All VSO countries, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:31 Dec 2020
Interview date:To be confirmed
Start date:As soon as possible

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone.
In response to COVID-19 impact on wellbeing and mental health of learners, care givers and educators, VSO is supporting government partners to develop and deliver mental health, psychosocial and social wellbeing programmes through radio and other multimedia platforms. Join our team of e-volunteers today and help us respond creatively to this crisis.

Role overview

In this role you will work with VSO’s Education Lead in delivering education services in crisis, in particular in providing remote technical support to VSO’s country office staff members and volunteers by bringing in evidence and reflection in designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of inclusive education interventions in emergencies. You will be working with a small team of other e- volunteer education experts and the education lead, education research and evaluation experts to respond to the current global crisis in education. You will support our team to design and deliver remote psychosocial support and emotional well being in crisis. You will be promoting social inclusion and gender, child protection and safeguarding, social accountability and resilient education systems to deliver inclusive education services to children affected by crises.

Skills, qualifications and experience

•Degree in a related field with significant experience of working in a range of complex and emergency contexts (e.g. refugee, conflict).
•Significant experience in planning, designing, and implementation of integrated education in emergency programmes and needs assessments.
•Experience in providing technical support and oversights to Education in Emergencies Programmes.
•Experience in developing education in emergency programmes with particular attention to child protection, safeguarding, do no harm and inclusion.
•Oral and written fluency in English, with ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
•Ability to commit 40 hours/ a month to work remotely to support VSO’s EiE programmes.
•Excellent coordination and planning skills with experience of working with colleagues from multicultural working environment.
•Practical experience of working in education in emergencies.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by collaboratively. 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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