|Type of role|
|Contract type||Fixed Term|
|Contract length||1 Year|
|Full Time||40 hours per week|
|Application Closing Date|
VSO is a leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers. We are unique in the way we bring people together to volunteer their knowledge, experience and skills to fight poverty. VSO currently works in 24 developing countries mainly in Asia and Africa. We always work in partnerships, supporting and bringing together diverse partners (government departments, community based organisations, NGOs and the private sector) who are strategically placed to advance pro-poor policies and programmes. We have been working in Mozambique since 1997, strengthening capacity to improve the quality, delivery and access of services in education, health and livelihoods. All aspects of VSO’s programming are underpinned by social and gender inclusion, social accountability and resilience to ensure sustainable, systemic change in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised.
In Mozambique, VSO is working to increase access to education and improve literacy and numeracy for out-of-school girls (OOS) and adolescents ages 15-19. This project targets marginalized girls that have had no previous schooling, dropped out of school, or failed to achieve basic numeracy and literacy skills in primary school. These girls are prevented from attending school as a result of poverty and harmful cultural norms and have prioritized economic work and household and child care responsibilities over education. Girls forced into early marriage and may be pregnant or with children are barred from regular day school as a result of existing policies, while those with disabilities face social stigma and physical barriers integrating into schools and the community. Collectively, these girls have been out of school for a number of years and often have little external engagement with actors outside their communities to gain marketable skills and generate income.
The project works in Manica and Sofala provinces in Mozambique where poverty rates are 55 and 58 percent respectively, to help girls: 1) access accelerated literacy and numeracy classes that are age and disability appropriate, 2) attain basic literacy and numeracy to support the development of business, financial, and life skills for income-generating activities, and 3) gain community and peer support for their education. We will establish learning centers for OOS girls, arrange transportation for disabled girls, and provide child care to young mothers to enable access to accelerated literacy and numeracy classes. These classes will have disability- and gender-responsive curricula that align with government education objectives.
We will provide cash transfers or in-kind benefits to retain girls in school and complement trainings in financial management, business acumen, and market-based skills development. Life skills trainings on early child marriage, child protection, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health and rights will also be provided to empower girls and promote gender equality. After these trainings, the girls will participate in village savings and loans groups and receive start-up capital and mentorship to develop their new small businesses and income-generating activities. Throughout the project, we will also facilitate monthly men’s community groups and peer support networks that involve the families and communities of these OOS girls, increasing engagement to promote girls’ education, sensitize gender equality and girls’ rights, and help men and boy’s better support education and economic opportunities for girls and women.
To provide comprehensive technical support to the EAGLE Project
Skills, qualifications and experience
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
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.
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