Volunteer role: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Livelihoods Talent Pool

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Kenya
Partner organisation VSO International
Application Closing Date
Interview date To be Confirmed
Start date Soonest Possible
Mode of delivery Working from home and at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

Working from home and at project location -  In this role, you will spend some time providing part-time remote support (e.g. from your home) to VSO projects or partners, and also a set period working full-time in the project location and/or VSO office.

The role seeks to assist VSO Livelihood program teams in developing and implementing a robust monitoring and evaluation system that can provide systematic processes, and clear data and evidence of their project’s outcomes and impact.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• You have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in Monitoring & Evaluation or equivalent in social sciences and or social research
• You have extensive (5+ years) experience with research, monitoring & evaluation approaches and methodologies.
• You have experience of working in Livelihood projects focusing on either women and youth empowerment, food security, climate change, agroecology and green jobs and decent work.
• Skilled in the use and management of qualitative and quantitative data collection, participatory methodologies analysis and reporting.
• Proven people-management and people interaction skills, to produce cohesive action and high- level outputs
• Good understanding of capacity building and training, and building of effective and efficient teams.
• Experience working with limited resources within a challenging environment.
• Excellent communication (verbal and writing) skills
• Able to work well with a variety of individuals in a challenging cross-cultural setting.

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.

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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