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Volunteer role: Youth Volunteer-RHTP (National Volunteer Role)

Type of role:Business, management and IT
Location:Women are strongly encouraged to apply. 12 vacancies based on Gaibandha and Rangpur., Bangladesh
Partner organisation:VSO (Bangladesh)
Application Closing Date:20 Sep 2019
Interview date:Tentatively on Thursday, 03rd October 2019 and Monday, 07th October 2019
Start date:Monday, 28th October 2019

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The purpose of this assignment is to work with the VSO Bangladesh in SRHR Project in the rural area of Bangladesh focusing on improving the SRHR of young women and adolescent girls by reducing the incidence and impact of Reducing Harmful Traditional Practices (RHTP) in Rangpur and Gaibandha. The youth volunteer will support and co-operate with the team leader in analyzing context and

• Support team leader for achieving the project outcomes.
• Keep close communication with the team leader, International Volunteers and Partner organization.
• Plan and organize the programme and take decision jointly with the team leader, international TFC Adviser and AYSRHR Adviser.
• Work very closely with the youth club, team leader, partner, and VSO international and national staffs to plan, implement, and evaluate youth action projects in the community.
• Support in conducting project design, project planning, the linkage between primary actors and community clinics and other service providers with local government Institutions, Service providers, Govt. departments and private sectors and organize the event and Community Action Day.
• Formation, mobilization, and registration of youth club to engage community youth, drive the sustainable community transformation around SRHR, capacity building of the youth clubs.
• Organize interactive theater for raising awareness and make sensible citizen attitude.
• Formation and activation of citizen committees such as child marriage prevention committee, orient and sensitize marriage registrars, religious leaders, teachers, parents on the adverse effect of child and forced marriage.
• Engage national alumni network of VSO and other youth network, youth clubs, youth volunteers under different programmes livelihood, health, education and media in policy advocacy and campaigning of Girls Not Bride issue.
• Support in conducting Social Exclusion and Gender Analysis (SEGA) research.
• Collect documents, case studies, stories, reports and document the evidence of impact and develop communication materials in coordination with business pursuit team for external stakeholder’s engagement including donor.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Mandatory requirements

• As per Govt. birth certificate, the age must be within 18 to 35.
• Must be willing to full time stay without any break including all holidays in rural communities of Gaibandha and Rangpur maximum of 4.5 months as a youth volunteer. Please note that your placement location will decide by RHTP Team of VSO Bangladesh and that will be Non-Negotiable subject to discuss further with RHTP Team of VSO Bangladesh.
• A clear interest in community development and proactive towards the development of marginalized people.
• Habituated/interested to reside in remote villages with basic accommodation, food, and other facilities.
• Committed and proactive to work in a diverse multi-cultural team.
• Commitment to share experiences with team members and proactive to take actions in the respective local community after completion of the cycle.

Key skills requirements

• Expert level of proficiency in the English language will be an added value.
• Computer literacy in MS Office (MS Word, Powerpoint, and Excel).
• Photography and Video editing skill will be highly appreciated.
• Data collection, and Research work related experience will get preference.
• Report writing, documentation skill on case studies, best practices, field experiences, newsletter, e-bulletins and other IEC materials will be added advantage.

Essential Youth Work
Proven experience of working with and providing support to 18-35-year-old persons from a wide range of backgrounds with proven ability to facilitate learning in a non-formal environment

Cross-Cultural Working
Direct and substantial experience of working cross-culturally and able to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between cultures

International Development
Knowledge of issues which are common to communities in developing countries, possibly achieved through working or living in a developing country. Experience in promoting learning about development issues.

Possession of strong verbal communication to work effectively and inclusively with an overseas colleague. Strong written communication skills needed for writing reports.

Significant experience of working in a supervisory role. Proven ability to promote self-awareness, learning, and development among individuals.

Planning and Organizing
Able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed objectives within deadlines, involving key individuals in the planning process.

Budget Management
Experience in managing budgets and undertaking accounting procedures.

Sufficient experience in working with volunteers to understand the key factors which make volunteer placements viable, effective and rewarding.

Programme Design and Evaluation
Experience in designing and evaluating youth programmes in an international context. Experience in using monitoring and evaluation tools and processes.

• Experience in advocacy for gender equality

• Capacity to design, organize and conduct workshops/training sessions

• Good facilitation skills

• Commitment to teamwork, coaching, and mentoring others.

• Ability to handle problems, obstacles, and frustrating circumstances.

Volunteering allowance & other facilities for youth volunteers

1) Cash allowance of BDT 8,000 per month
2) Free of cost basic accommodation with food
3) Free of cost medical support and Insurance
4) Official travel costs
5) Certificate after completion of the cycle


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.

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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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