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Volunteer role: Social Accountability and Inclusion Advisor


Type of role:Advocacy policy and research
Location:Various Countries, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:1 Mar 2022
Interview date:To be determined
Start date:To be determined

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

The volunteer will provide support to VSO, partner organisations to better understand, document and respond to the needs and priorities of vulnerable women and girls and men and boys with disabilities in particular those with disabilities across inclusive Sexual, Reproductive Health programme to engage and mobilise women them to lead their own development. The volunteer with support other programmes of Inclusive Education and livelihoods to stock and respond to gender and inclusion issues that affect progress in these programs.

Skills, qualifications and experience

•A University degree in a related subject preferably gender and development studies
•At least five years’ experience in investigating and developing responses to gender issues in a development context
•Proven ability to engage women and girls and men and boys, in identifying their needs and using their own voice to express their priorities
•Strong background in participatory community consultation
•Experienced in designing and delivering community consultation programmes.
•Excellent organisational skills
•Ability to work with minimal supervision
•Excellent written and communication skills especially when explaining complex concepts to audiences of different levels
•Proven ability to train, coach and supervise others.

Competencies and Behaviour

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.

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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