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Volunteer role: School Leadership Advisor

Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:Various Districts, Rwanda
Application Closing Date:31 Mar 2021
Interview date:TBA
Start date:April 2021

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

The overall job purpose is to support the development of school leadership for the provision of quality, inclusive education.


• Provide coaching to selected higher-performing head teachers to lead effective professional learning community meetings for all other head teachers in their districts

• Collaborate with district officials with selection of new higher-performing head teachers to take on the role of supporting lesser-performing head teachers

• Provide training to new higher-performing head teachers

• Support head teachers with compiling evidence of learning and action in portfolio form to submit for assessment as part of certificate and diploma courses on school leadership to improve learning

• Support evaluation of portfolios of evidence and learning of head teachers

• Train sub-district education officials on supporting school governing bodies to both support head teachers but also hold them and their school to account for provision of quality, inclusive education

• Engage in field level link-ups with VSO international and national volunteers who provide training and mentoring support for teachers for sharing of information and learning

• Contribute to project review and learning events

• Produce accurate and reflective reports

Skills, qualifications and experience

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in Education or post-graduate degree of Education

• Min. 4 years’ experience of school leadership focused on improving learning of all children

• Fluent English speaker with good written skills and the ability to explain complex concepts to audiences of different levels of experience and knowledge.

• Able to produce accurate, reflective reports with reference to qualitative and quantitative data.

VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we are protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy.



• Knowledge of school leadership for improving teaching of language and mathematics and inclusion

• Training, coaching or mentoring of school leaders

• Evidence of having improved school leadership which has again resulted in school improvement in provision of quality, inclusive education


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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