Volunteer role: Women, Peace and Security Advisor
|Type of role:||Advocacy policy and research|
|Application Closing Date:||31 Aug 2019|
|Interview date:||To be Confirmed|
|Start date:||April 2019|
VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.
The Women, Peace and Security Advisor will work with CSOs and Media organizations to strengthen national capacities for increase women participation in peace processes and security reforms. The Volunteer will work to enhance the skills and knowledge of women to participation and influence decision in peace processes and national reconciliation.
Skills, qualifications and experience
The Ideal candidate has:
A University degree in Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and related field like security sector reforms, International Negotiations, International relations, social science experience in a related sector or context
Experience and demonstrated results in technical support in conflict resolution, peace building and related work on gender equality, women participation and leadership, and transitional justice in a developing country context
Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to conflict, women peace and security.
Experience in decision making positions, advocacy and/or influencing a range of decision-makers e.g. national governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN organisations.
Excellent communication and social skills, the ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders in a developing country and non-English speaking context.
Ability to work independently as well as with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
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.
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