Volunteer role: BLF-Sector Learning Facilitators

Type of role Teaching and education
Location Rwanda
Interview date TBA
Start date 03/1/2021

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.

Role overview

The overall job purpose is to facilitate implementation of improved teaching in English literacy and numeracy skills in line with the Building Learning Foundation project.


• Undertake school visits to mentor primary teachers of English and Mathematics and support their own professional development activities (Teaching observation and one to ones and group meetings; community of practices; etc.)
• Contribute effectively to weekly team Review and Capacity-Development meetings

• Implement training of English and Mathematics teachers and School Subject Leaders ensuring distribution of relevant materials

• Contribute to head teachers’ professional learning community meetings reporting on progress of English and Mathematics teacher professional development

• Provide logistical support for trainings and other professional development activities of teachers and school leaders

• Undertake school and community visits to regularly collect accurate data on progress towards English and numeracy performance goals

• Monitor the use of BLF toolkits including It materials

• Attendance, contribution with foundation one inputs and logistic support to the HTs professional communities of practices

Skills, qualifications and experience

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)

• Bachelor’s degree in Education
• Fluent English speaker with good written skills
• Relevant internship and/or work experience
• Differentiated teaching and learning experience to meet the diverse needs of children
• Good IT skills
• VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we are protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy.

Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)

• A flexible and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations

• Familiar with Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) and English and mathematics in early primary grades

• Participatory teaching with good questioning techniques
• Mentoring and training
• Data collection experience

• The self-confidence to work in a variety of situations and diverse people
• Recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.


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.

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.

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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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