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Volunteer role: Teacher Education Advisor-PDUSS-National Level (IV)

Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Application Closing Date:28 Feb 2021
Interview date:NA
Start date:NA

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

The Teacher Education Advisor at national level will provide on-the-job technical assistance to personnel of the National Institute of Education (NIE), including Teacher Educators, and the General Secondary Education Department (GSED). This technical assistance will be about the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum for grades 10-12, and on inclusive/learner-centred instruction and assessment including the use of ICT in education. There will be two Teacher Training Advisors at national level working as a team: one national and one international advisor, with slightly different responsibilities. Both will be based at the Pedagogical Research Centre at NIE in Phnom Penh. They will work in close cooperation with KAPE and other VSO volunteer advisors who work at the NIE and GSED on the same project

Skills, qualifications and experience

Competencies and Behaviour:

Minimum Education Background
• Master degree in Education and/or Development studies

Essential work experience/skills:
• Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in education and/or development
• Knowledge of effective teaching methods
• Experience in teacher education and teacher professional development
• Experience in planning and carrying out a context analysis
• Experience in ongoing consultation and involvement of stakeholders
• Experience in delivering expected outputs in challenging contexts with short deadlines
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
• Confidence to represent VSO in official meetings with partners
• Excellent skills in building effective work relationships built on trust and mutual accountability.
• Excellent coordination- and planning skills with experience of delivering results under high pressure.

• Experience of working within the fields of social inclusion, gender, social accountability and resilience
• Experience of working in South-East Asia

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.


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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