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Volunteer role: Technical Vocational Training Adviser


Type of role:Business, management and IT
Location:Various Countries, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:31 Dec 2020
Interview date:As soon as 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

You will assess the needs and build the operational and management capacity of staff, management and board members of the vocational training institute so they have the leadership, policies and practices to support the delivery of quality, market relevant, internationally recognised (e.g. City and Guilds) and industry demanded standards of skills training and services; so the local population have increased preparedness for employment

Skills, qualifications and experience

•A Degree in a relevant field
•At least 5 years of experience in Welding and Metal fabrication or Motor vehicle repair/Mechanical Engineering, Carpentry and Joinery or Building and Concrete Technician or Plumbing and Pipe fitting.
•Familiarity with governance practices
•Proven coaching and mentoring skills
•Experience within vocational training organisations especially those offering City & Guilds qualifications and/or National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ)
•Experience of delivering Training of Trainers

Allowance and accommodation

All volunteers have an allowance paid in local currency. The allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home.

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic but VSOs standards for security and facilities

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.

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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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