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Volunteer role: Voluntary Selector

Location:Kingston, London, United Kingdom
Interview date:TBC
Start date:31/10/19

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 role of the Voluntary Selector is to work as part of team to assess the suitability of candidates against VSO criteria. Our Selectors play a key role in helping VSO to assess our International Citizen Service (ICS) applicants, aged 18-25 years, who volunteer overseas on 3 month placements. Candidates attend a face-to-face assessment centre at our office in Kingston, taking part in different group activities throughout the day.

Skills, qualifications and experience

The nature of the VSO Assessment methodologies requires Selectors to have specific skills and qualities. Thus it is important you feel able to broadly satisfy the following:
• Able to identify with VSO’s purpose and values statements
• Non judgmental regarding the diverse nature of potential volunteers
• Confident in exploring sensitive personal issues
• Willing to work to VSO’s assessment methodologies (Assessment Centre and Blended Selection)
• Able to work individually and as part of a decision making team
• Able to make individual assessments and willing to reassess these in the light of additional information
• Able to work within the time constraints of the Assessment methods
• Able to meet the annual requirement for participation in Assessment Days and ongoing training of at least 6 days per year


As a VSO volunteer you will work on an ad hoc basis, performing activities for VSO / your community during your free time. Expenses you incur while volunteering for VSO are reimbursed (be more specific if applicable).


If you are not able to work from your own home, VSO will provide basic accommodation (including utilities).

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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