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Volunteer role: Social Cohesion Adviser


Type of role:Facilities
Location:Various Countries, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:31 Dec 2020
Interview date:Soonest Possible
Start date:To be confirmed

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.
In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.
Our programmes 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

As a Social Cohesion and Tolerance Adviser you will work with local partners to promote peaceful coexistence, communal harmony and tolerance. You will undertake research to understand inter-communal conflicts and reconciliations in order to design frameworks and programmes to build a culture of tolerance and respect for ethnic and religious diversity to promote peaceful coexistence. You will explore viable and sustained community-based initiatives for reconciliation and peace-building.

Skills, qualifications and experience

•A University degree in Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and related areas
•Experience and demonstrated results in technical support in conflict resolution, peace building and related work on gender equality, women participation and leadership in a developing country context
•Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to conflict, democracy, ethnic and religious tolerance
•Experience in decision making positions, advocacy and/or influencing a range of decision-makers e.g. national governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN organisations
•Excellent communication and social skills, the ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders in a developing country and non-English speaking context
•Ability to work independently as well as with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment

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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