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Volunteer role: Health Policy and Advocacy Adviser - Talent Pool

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Kenya
Partner organisation VSO International
Application Closing Date
Interview date TBC
Start date TBC
Mode of delivery Working from home and at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

Working from home and at project location -  In this role, you will spend some time providing part-time remote support (e.g. from your home) to VSO projects or partners, and also a set period working full-time in the project location and/or VSO office.

The ideal candidate for this post is skilled in networking within government or semi-government bodies and support them in structuring processes, strategic planning, and budgeting and strategy implementation. Next to this, you will be interpreting and reviewing relevant policies, evaluating options and making recommendations for new policies. Extra tasks might consist of proactively participating in organising topical policy dialogues with Youth, local partners, sectoral stakeholders, or the government. If you have excellent skills in policy and Governance, reviewing current policies, advising and providing support to improve local Government processes and planning, this is your job!

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in development studies, political sciences, public management or other related business studies;
• 3-4 years of Experience in Organization Development, Policy and Governance, working with Government Institutions etc.
Experience in developing policy for Health programming in particular sexual reproductive health.
• Ability to quickly analyse Tanzanian development sector and governance mechanisms;
• Proven experience in training and development of staff ensuring continuous learning;
• Proven track record in planning, developing and implementing organisational structures and sustainable improvements;
• Strong communication, documentation, report writing and presentation skills including excellent written and spoken English;
• Experience with ongoing advocacy initiatives in different development sectors in developing countries.

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.

Allowance

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.

Accommodation

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.

Your application and COVID-19

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

Please note that this advert is for a role we are expecting to become available in the near future once we have secured funding for the project. If you are interested in this, or similar positions, please express your interest by clicking on the ‘make an application’ button below.

Make an application

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).

A young man and young woman stand outside, conversing in Rwandan Sign Language
VSO/Mussa

Why volunteer?

Find out about the benefits to yourself and people in poverty.

Volunteer role: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Livelihoods Talent Pool

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Kenya
Partner organisation VSO International
Application Closing Date
Interview date To be Confirmed
Start date Soonest Possible
Mode of delivery Working from home and at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. 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

Working from home and at project location -  In this role, you will spend some time providing part-time remote support (e.g. from your home) to VSO projects or partners, and also a set period working full-time in the project location and/or VSO office.

The role seeks to assist VSO program teams in developing and implementing a robust monitoring and evaluation system that can provide systematic processes, and clear data and evidence of their project’s outcomes and impact.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• You have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in M&E or equivalent in social sciences and or social research
• You have extensive (5+ years) experience with research, monitoring & evaluation approaches and methodologies.
• You have experience of working in Livelihood.
• Skilled in the use and management of qualitative and quantitative data collection, participatory methodologies analysis and reporting.
• Proven people-management and people interaction skills, to produce cohesive action and high- level outputs
• Good understanding of capacity building and training, and building of effective and efficient teams.
• Experience working with limited resources within a challenging environment.
• Excellent communication (verbal and writing) skills
• Able to work well with a variety of individuals in a challenging cross-cultural setting.

Allowance

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.

Accommodation

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.

Your application and COVID-19

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Please note that this advert is for a role we are expecting to become available in the near future once we have secured funding for the project. If you are interested in this, or similar positions, please express your interest by clicking on the ‘make an application’ button below.

Make an application

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).

A young man and young woman stand outside, conversing in Rwandan Sign Language
VSO/Mussa

Why volunteer?

Find out about the benefits to yourself and people in poverty.

Volunteer role: Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Learning (MERL) Specialist- Talent pool

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Kenya
Application Closing Date
Interview date TBC
Start date TBC
Mode of delivery Working at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

Working at project location – In this role, you will provide on-site support in the project location and/or VSO office, (full-time unless otherwise specified) for a set period of time.

The MERL volunteer will work with Early Language Profile Toolkit (ELPT) team and broader VSO Knowledge, Evidence and Learning Team to ensure relevant project data is collected, analysed, and used as evidence to inform adaptive programming, design of related projects and development of knowledge products for internal and external dissemination.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Knowledge/qualifications

• At least a bachelor’s degree in M&E or equivalent in social sciences, health related and or social research.
• You have an advanced understanding of research, monitoring and evaluation approaches and methodologies (e.g., MILE).
Experience:
• You have (2+ years) experience with research, learning, monitoring & evaluation approaches and methodologies.
• Experience working in a disability inclusion project/programme is an added advantage
• Skilled in the use and management of qualitative and quantitative data collection, participatory methodologies, and reporting
• Strong Data analytical skills (both Qualitative and Quantitative data) & dissemination and use
• Great presentation skills (PPT, data visualization)
• Excellent communication (verbal and writing) skills.
• Attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities effectively and efficiently.
• Experience working in a consortium arrangement is a plus
• Experience and awareness of commitment to gender & social inclusion in research, monitoring and evaluation processes.
• Proven people interaction skills, to produce cohesive action and high- level outputs.
• Able to work well with a variety of individuals in a challenging cross-cultural setting.
• Good understanding of capacity building and training and building of effective and efficient teams.

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.

Allowance

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.

Accommodation

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.

Your application and COVID-19

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

Please note that this advert is for a role we are expecting to become available in the near future once we have secured funding for the project. If you are interested in this, or similar positions, please express your interest by clicking on the ‘make an application’ button below.

Make an application

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).

A young man and young woman stand outside, conversing in Rwandan Sign Language
VSO/Mussa

Why volunteer?

Find out about the benefits to yourself and people in poverty.

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