Volunteer role: Education Gender Adviser - Bilingual (Portuguese/Spanish/French and English speaking)

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Mozambique
Application Closing Date
Interview date February-March 2020
Start date July - August 2020

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. In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.
Volunteering with VSO is your opportunity to improve lives and gain unforgettable experiences. You will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and build new friendships whilst doing something truly fulfilling.

Role overview

The role is to support and advise local education providers and community leaders in integrating inclusive education practices for people with disabilities. The project specifically focuses on guaranteeing accessibility of quality education for girls between the age 15 to 19, who have been excluded from the Educational System for different reasons. You’ll team up with a national volunteer to coach our local partners in shaping more inclusive teaching practices. Through collaboration with the partners you’ll build increasing participation level and achievements of children with disabilities and special needs in education. Together with the national volunteer you will keep a specific focus on Gender related issues during the project implementation cycle: protection against early marriages, early pregnancies and sexual abuse.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Essential:
• University degree in Social Sciences, preferably in Gender and Development
• Knowledge in human rights
• Excellent analytical writing skills
• Good knowledge of international gender forums
• Ability to organize training/workshops and lead them with interactive facilitation skills
• Resilience, flexibility, adaptability and a sense of humor when faced with problems, obstacles and frustrating circumstances
• Fluent in English and minimum basic knowledge of Portuguese

Desirable:
• Experience of working in a development context
• Willingness to master the Portuguese language to at least an intermediate level


Experience:
• You have at least 5 years’ experience in gender activities
• You have proven experience in project implementation
• All applicants must possess strong written and spoken English language skills. Applicants may be required to take a VSO language test as part of the selection process.

How we support our volunteers
VSO provides a support package which includes a basic living allowance, accommodation, medical cover and travel expenses. For this volunteer job the accommodation will be on a shared bases: you'll have a private room in a house which you will share with other international/national volunteers. You'll get extensive training before leaving and support from local staff when you're overseas. When you return, we'll help you resettle.


Some background about VSO

In the last 60 years, we have worked in over 90 countries and supported over 50 million people. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation.
Our proven approach works with volunteers of different skillsets, from overseas consultants to youth. These volunteers work alongside community organisations, local and national governments, and global partners.
Right now, VSO is bringing justice to rape survivors in Pakistan, building resilient disaster prevention and relief in Mozambique, ending stigma against children with disabilities in Ethiopia and tackling the youth skills gap in Uganda and Bangladesh.
Today over 50% 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: create a fair world for everyone.

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

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