Niche roles

The roles listed below are highly specialised placements that require specific skills, and fall outside the roles we usually recruit for. These are only a small number of the placements we have available, and you can find out more about the full range of roles that we typically recruit for on our opportunities page.

Animals and natural resources

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Kenya - 6 months

Use your food technologist experience to help boost commercial production among smallholder farmers and accompany them in the ongoing search for better markets.

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Nigeria - 12 months

As agribusiness development adviser you will help develop and implement small and medium scale agribusiness initiatives and policies which contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of youths in Nigeria.

Communications and fundraising

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Uganda - 24 months

Use your skills and experience in printing and graphics to support a national project in Uganda to print quality education materials.

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South Sudan - 24 months

Enhance the capacity of Central Equatorial State Teachers’ Professional Union and develop their capabilities in research and advocacy.

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Papua New Guinea - 12 months

Support the Papua New Guinea Curriculum Development and Assessment Division (CDAD) to improve reading and writing standards in primary education through the production of high quality education materials.

Community and social development

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Rwanda - 24 months

Support Rwanda Aid in providing support to the local authority, mainstream schools, special centres and community to provide quality education for children with additional learning needs.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Support Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) to continue to grow as a strong and influential organisation for deaf people in Rwanda.

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From Monday, 14 October 2013
Zambia - 12 months

This placement aims to Support the integration of the Governement of the Republic of Zambia’s decentralisation implementation plan and devolved Government departments at district level in relation to social economic development activities, and in particular the production of annual investment plans at district level which should feed into the creation of an overall provincial level annual investment plan.

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From Monday, 10 February 2014
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO Ethiopia is working with ACSOT in the Tigray province of Ethiopia to support its work of building the capacity of its member organisations in terms of planning, monitoring, fundraising, reporting and management. We are seeking to recruit an experienced volunteer to work with ACSOT to support these aims. This placement is based in Mekele.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Work with the Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) to support Deaf women in Rwanda to accurately identify their needs to develop and implement solutions.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Working as a District Disability Adviser, you’ll support local districts with the implementation of national policy through inclusive local development programmes. You will advocate disability rights and help build the capacity of local representatives.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Work with the Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) to support Deaf women in Rwanda to accurately identify their needs and develop and implement solutions.

Engineering and Technical

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Malawi - 24 months

Work with the Malawi Prison Service to support the development and implementation of strategies that will increase skill levels and production among employees and prisoners, while reducing levels of HIV transmission

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Kenya - 6 months

Use your food technologist experience to help boost commercial production among smallholder farmers and accompany them in the ongoing search for better markets.

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From Monday, 14 October 2013
Zambia - 12 months

This placement aims to Support the integration of the Governement of the Republic of Zambia’s decentralisation implementation plan and devolved Government departments at district level in relation to social economic development activities, and in particular the production of annual investment plans at district level which should feed into the creation of an overall provincial level annual investment plan.

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Ethiopia - 6 months

Share your professional skills as a Biomedical engineer to improve use of medical equipment and increase services to the community.

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The Philippines - 8 months

As a volunteer in The Philippines you will work with the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation project (DREAM) focusing on working with local staff on Disaster Risk Reduction of natural disasters.

Health

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From Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO, supported by Irish Aid, is seeking to recruit experienced general surgeons to volunteer in Adrigat in Tigray region from February 2014 on a new health programme. The volunteer will be engaged in the training and mentoring of other surgeons.

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From Monday, 10 February 2014
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO, supported by Irish Aid, are seeking to recruit experienced pediatric doctors to volunteer in Ethiopia from February 2014 on a new maternal and children's healthcare programme with the target of reducing mortality rates for mothers and babies. 

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From Monday, 10 February 2014
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO is seeking to recruit an experienced hospital administrator / manager to work with exisiting hospital administration in Hawassa University Teaching Hospital to oversee the implementation of the Ethiopian Hospital Reform Guidelines. 

This placements is an exciting opportunity for the volunteer to have a long lasting impact and to develop new skills which will be of considerable use at home in Ireland. 

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From Monday, 10 February 2014
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO Ethiopia is building the capacity of SEPDA, an umbrella organization addressing the basic health (RH and HIV/AIDS), education & food insecurity problems via its 21 member associations. The programme development/resource mobilisation advisor advisor will provide technical advice to the relevant departments of SEPDA.

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Ethiopia - 6 months

Share your professional skills as a Biomedical engineer to improve use of medical equipment and increase services to the community.

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Sierra Leone - 12 months

Based in Makeni, a centrally located district in Sierra Leone, as a GP you will be working alongside local colleagues to carry out a combination of service delivery and education to different cadres of medical staff. 

HIV and AIDS

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From Monday, 10 February 2014
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO Ethiopia is building the capacity of SEPDA, an umbrella organization addressing the basic health (RH and HIV/AIDS), education & food insecurity problems via its 21 member associations. The programme development/resource mobilisation advisor advisor will provide technical advice to the relevant departments of SEPDA.

Management, business and IT

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Bangladesh - 6 months

Assistance for the Livelihoods of the Origins (ALO)  is a community based organization working with VSOB since 2006 by implementing different project and VSOB unrestricted funded projects too. During last year two international volunteers have contributed ALO on Community mobilization and Agricultural activities in the 6 model village where 6 youth clubs are working. Presently one international volunteer is supporting to improve the on agriculture activities.  In the 6 model villages ALO has total 18 farmers group where 432 women ginger and turmeric farmers are involved.

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From Monday, 14 October 2013
Zambia - 12 months

VSO is working with the Ministry of Local Government in Zambia to upskill, train and mentor staff in new financial management software. We have exciting new roles for experienced finance managers to work on this program. 

In addition, volunteers will work on new schemes to improve transparency and accountability in the management of public sector resources in Zambia.

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From Sunday, 6 January 2013
Zambia - 12 months

Assist Zambia's Ministry of Local Government and Housing in the roll out of the National Monitoring & Evaluation framework as it becomes operational at Provincial and District levels.

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From Monday, 10 February 2014
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO Ethiopia is working with ACSOT in the Tigray province of Ethiopia to support its work of building the capacity of its member organisations in terms of planning, monitoring, fundraising, reporting and management. We are seeking to recruit an experienced volunteer to work with ACSOT to support these aims. This placement is based in Mekele.

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Uganda - 24 months

Use your skills and experience in printing and graphics to support a national project in Uganda to print quality education materials.

Flag of Ethiopia
From Monday, 10 February 2014
Ethiopia - 12 months

VSO Ethiopia is building the capacity of SEPDA, an umbrella organization addressing the basic health (RH and HIV/AIDS), education & food insecurity problems via its 21 member associations. The programme development/resource mobilisation advisor advisor will provide technical advice to the relevant departments of SEPDA.

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The Philippines - 8 months

As a volunteer in The Philippines you will work with the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation project (DREAM) focusing on working with local staff on Disaster Risk Reduction of natural disasters.

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Pakistan - 9 months

As a volunteer in Pakistan you will be co-ordinating, implementing and managing community based disaster risk management programmes for the Humahung Forum and other member organisations.

Teaching and education

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Rwanda - 24 months

Support Rwanda Aid in providing support to the local authority, mainstream schools, special centres and community to provide quality education for children with additional learning needs.

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Rwanda - 24 months

You will support project partners by providing training, monitoring and evaluation to help ensure emergent literature and maths tools and modules are effective and context specific.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Support Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) to continue to grow as a strong and influential organisation for deaf people in Rwanda.

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Malawi - 24 months

Work with the Malawi Prison Service to support the development and implementation of strategies that will increase skill levels and production among employees and prisoners, while reducing levels of HIV transmission

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South Sudan - 24 months

Using your experience in education management enhance the capacity of Torit County Education Office through staff development and support improvements in practice.

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Ethiopia - 24 months

An excellent opportunity to use your experience in education to advise on operational aspects of a nation-wide education project being rolled out in the Afar region of Ethiopia. 

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South Sudan - 24 months

Enhance the capacity of Central Equatorial State Teachers’ Professional Union and develop their capabilities in research and advocacy.

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Uganda - 24 months

You'll work with Moroto Teachers' College Teacher educators, Coordinating Centre Tutors and Regional inspectors to help improve the quality of education in the districts of Moroto and Kotido. In doing so, you'll contribute toward VSO Uganda's wider objective of achieving a complete and quality primary education for all.

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South Sudan - 12 months

You'll provide support to partner organisations and in-country VSO education volunteers to enhance good quality service delivery. In doing so, you'll help VSO education volunteers to achieve objectives laid out by the Department of International Development (DFID) and improve the standard of basic education in South Sudan.

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Papua New Guinea - 12 months

Support the Papua New Guinea Curriculum Development and Assessment Division (CDAD) to improve reading and writing standards in primary education through the production of high quality education materials.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Work with the Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) to support Deaf women in Rwanda to accurately identify their needs to develop and implement solutions.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Contribute to the development of Deaf Education in Rwanda through improving teaching and learning in schools and centres attended by Deaf children, and through engaging parents and the wider community in promoting access to education for Deaf children.

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Rwanda - 12 months

You'll work in Teacher Training Colleges (TTC) and Education Development Centres (EDC) in Rwanda to ensure that trainee and in-service teachers have the skills, confidence and capabilities to deliver quality early years teaching practice.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Working as a teaching methodology adviser you will work with trainee teachers in Rwanda to develop their approach in teaching methodology and resource management.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Working as an education management adviser, you will help progress the stakeholder engagement, relationship management, resourcing and evaluation skills of school leaders in Rwanda.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Work with the Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) to support Deaf women in Rwanda to accurately identify their needs and develop and implement solutions.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Working as an Education Management Advisor, you will help progress the stakeholder engagement, relationship management, resourcing and evaluation skills of school leaders in Rwanda.

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Rwanda - 24 months

Working as a primary teachers with experience in numeracy and literacy curriculum management, you will support and develop the skills of trainee teachers in Rwanda.

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