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Volunteer role: SRHR Behavioural Change Advocacy Facilitator


Location:Hpa-An, Myanmar
Partner organisation:UNFPA (Myanmar)
Application Closing Date:20 Sep 2021
Interview date:TBA
Start date:ASAP

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

VSO Youth SRHR project will contribute to enabling adolescent and youth including people with disabilities to realize their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and freedom from Gender Based Violence (GBV). The project will empower women and youth to lead advocacy and behaviour change campaigns on SRHR and GBV.

The National SRHR Behavioural Change Advocacy Facilitator will closely work with VSO Programme team and SRHR Policy and Advocacy Specialist to mobilise youths to be able to advocate on SRHR issues relating with youth. The National SRHR BCA Facilitators will start-up and facilitate local youth groups to build community activism towards long term social and policy change on Youth SRHR.

The successful candidate should therefore have experience in SRHR advocacy and campaign and working with young people to transform harmful and negative behaviours around SRHR. The National SRHR Behavioural Change Advocacy Facilitator will work under the direct supervision of the VSO SRHR Project Coordinator with additional technical support from the SRHR Policy and Advocacy Specialist.
The volunteer will be based in Hpa-An, Kayin State.

Skills, qualifications and experience

- Bachelor’s degree in development studies, gender and development, public health, social work, or other related fields.

- At least three years’ experience working on SRHR, youth engagement, or community development issues.

- A sound understanding of youth SRHR in Myanmar context, as well as a good understanding of the stakeholder landscape at the local level.

- Extensive experience in training on topics related to the project, and providing technical assistance to local stakeholders.

- Fluent Myanmar, relevant local languages as well as excellent spoken and written English are essential.

- Knowledge of potential partners in Youth SRHR in Kayin State.

Right to work in Myanmar is required.

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

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

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

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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