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Volunteer role: Regional Social Inclusion and Gender Advisor

Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Various Countries, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:8 Jun 2019
Interview date:To be Confirmed
Start date:This role is an urgent fill

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

VSO International is recruiting regional technical advisers to grow and develop VSO’s work on social inclusion and gender at country, regional and global level. The role will provide support to VSO’s Programme Managers in participatory approaches and transformational programme design, and methodological support in social exclusion and gender analysis.

Additional support in other areas may be needed, such as power, stakeholder mapping, resilience and systems approaches to development.

Skills, qualifications and experience

An understanding of social exclusion/inclusion and gender analysis and other participatory methodologies and a commitment to people led development.
This role will support our programs in Education, Health and Livelihoods and thus experience in those sectors is essential.

Experience in participatory research, appraisals and assessment

Skills in social exclusion and gender analysis and in one or more of the following:
• Qualitative research
• Power analysis
• Environmental analysis
• Resilience
• Economics for equality
• Stakeholder mapping
• Systems mapping
• Systems approaches
• Theories of change
• Transformational processes
• Community development
• Participatory action research

You will be a graduate or activist in poverty, gender or exclusion issues with an understanding of how change happens.

You will be passionate about participation and social inclusion.

You will have specialized in social inclusion and gender , and participatory development

Desirable Criteria:
• Experience of working in either health, educations or livelihoods sectors.
• Understanding of resilience.
• Experience of working in the international development contexts.
• Being up-to-date on the current thinking in international development and approaches to poverty
• Understanding of key considerations in working cross-culturally.


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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