Volunteer role: Education Technology and Communication Specialist

Type of role Teaching and education
Location Various Countries
Application Closing Date
Interview date Ongoing
Start date Ongoing

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 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

VSO is currently implementing the Unlocking Talent Project in various Countries. The projects uses tablet technology to improve core competencies of reading, writing and mathematics for Standard 1 and 2 (early grade) primary school children. This is an exciting initiative that will among other things provide real time data to teachers and school administrators on learners progress. This therefore provides new and different opportunities and challenges that educators need to respond to. Therefore the project is looking for an education advisor who will be able to train and support the teachers and school administrators to be able to respond to these challenges and to mainstream this new approach into their teaching as well as the overall school activities. As an Education Technology and Communications specialist, you will train and support teachers, education management and community members to respond to Education challenges in order to unlock the talent of every child.

Skills, qualifications and experience

•At least 5 years’ experience working in the education sector
•Excellent teacher trainer skills, experience with education management, the ability to support teachers and learners in the use of technology and communication in improving children’s learning through digital education technology (DET).
•Teaching and classroom management experience especially in the early grades (first and second year of primary school)
•Experience in using different and innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes
•Experience in using data/research outcomes to make and implement initiatives that would enhance learning
•Ability to self-manage, set targets and self-monitor
•Teacher training, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation experience

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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.

How we support our in-country volunteers

VSO provides a support package which includes a basic living allowance, accommodation, medical cover and travel expenses. 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. You can also click here https://unlockingtalent.org/about to see a short video on VSO’s Education work in Malawi.
Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

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