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Volunteer role: Videographer

Type of role:Communications and fundraising
Location:Bangladesh, Nigeria, Cambodia, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:29 Apr 2019
Interview date:TBD
Start date:As soon as role is filled

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

Can you help tell the stories of some of the world’s most resilient, courageous and inspiring people - sensitively, creatively and with impact - through film? Do you want to support one of world’s leading international development organisations to communicate its impact and approach to creating resilient rural livelihoods in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities? If so, we could be looking for you.

The volunteer filmmaker will play a crucial role helping VSO build a powerful framework of stories and evidence that bring to life our impact in creating rural resilient livelihoods in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Cambodia. You will work in all three countries, making short impact films, case study portraits, and mini project documentaries. You will be responsible for film, sound recording, lighting and editing of films which will help drive action with key audiences. Supported by VSO’s Global Marketing team and working closely with communications volunteers, you will proactively look for opportunities to reach a broad audience with these films.

You will be supported and work from a framework including clear briefs, but have creative freedom of interpretation within these.

In additional to making films, you will play an important role building the capacity of local volunteers, staff and primary actors in storytelling.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a talented and mature filmmaker to make a real social impact with their truly rewarding work as a VSO volunteer.

Skills, qualifications and experience

You are;
Highly skilled in using video effectively to tell stories, create an emotional impact and drive action.

Excellent technical skills as a filmmaker and editor, including capacities as a videographer, sound recordist, lighting technician, colour grader, motion graphics artist and editor, with knowledge of applications including Adobe Creative suite including Premiere Pro (or equivalent), After Effects and Photoshop.

Able to develop interpersonal relationships with subjects being filmed, respectively, sensitively and professionally, making them feel at ease and informed throughout the filming process. Team player.

Strong communication skills with demonstrable ability to negotiate, persuade and influence

Strong project management skills, such as experience delivering projects against time, quality and resource targets, especially working to tight budgets and timeframes.

Understanding of optimising video content for different audiences including decision-makers and digital audiences

Combines creativity with technical skills and a meticulous, organised work style.


At least 3+ years professional experience as a filmmaker and editor

Varied portfolio of completed film work, ideally including experience of video case studies and impact films.

Experience self-shooting with responsibility for managing sound and lighting to a high standard.

Highly experienced in editing video to a very high standard with quick turnarounds.

Experience of interviewing, research and fact checking.

Experience of managing own busy workload independently and meeting short deadlines.

Some experience volunteering overseas, working in developing countries or demonstrable interest in international development issues
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.


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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