Volunteer role: Education Advisor

Type of role Teaching and education
Location Various Countries
Application Closing Date
Interview date To be confirmed
Start date ASAP

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 aim to reach five million of the poorest and most excluded people by 2022.

Role overview

Education Advisor is the most desired primary skill in our Education Programme. In this role you will be part of our expert inclusive education E-volunteers group for Education programmes. The main purpose of your role will be to work with our Education Programme Team to provide quality technical support to VSO field staff members and volunteers and foster knowledge sharing, teacher training, reflection and learning to improve the quality of our inclusive education programme.
You will support our team of volunteer education specialists, focusing on training teachers, inclusion of marginalised children (children with disabilities, girls, and refugee children) by integrating social inclusion and gender, building resilience and promoting social accountability in VSO’s education works.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Our values

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together.
We’re looking for people who share our values and passion for creating a fair world for everyone and can demonstrate these core people skills and competencies:

• Ability to build and sustain positive and effective relationships
• Commitment to continuous learning
• Being open minded and respectful
• Resilience:
 Working in environments of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
 Demonstrate calm self-assurance and self-awareness, expressing own needs in changing situations
 Maintain a positive perspective, demonstrating perseverance in challenging situations
 Respond to change and setbacks in a constructive and adaptive manner
• Problem- solving mindset



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.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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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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