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Volunteer role: Regional Counsellor -Speculative

Location:Remote, Myanmar
Partner organisation:UNFPA (Myanmar)
Interview date:Soonest Possible
Start date:ASAP

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. Our programmes in Africa and Asia 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

VSO Myanmar is piloting the integration of Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) component into the existing Adolescent and Youths’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (AYSRHR) project under its Health Programme. The Regional Counsellor, under the supervision of National MHPSS Lead, will be the focal person to provide psycho-social counselling services to the youths referred by the Youth Ambassadors (YAs) working in the same state or region. He/she will keep records of the clients receiving counselling services from him/her and report to the National MHPSS Lead every month. The Regional Counsellor will also have periodic meetings with the supervisor to discuss on and share challenging cases to ensure effective counselling sessions are in place.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in health or social science (medicine, psychology, psychiatry, social and behavioural science, etc.) or a comparable working experience.
• At least 2 years of working experience in humanitarian organizations in Myanmar context. Experience working in conflict areas would be an asset.
• Excellent communication skills required. Ability to communicate in English and ethnic (Kayin and Shan) languages would be an asset.
• Must be able to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.) and Virtual meeting platforms (MS Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, etc.) fluently.

Right to work in Myanmar is required.

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.

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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