Volunteer role: National Early Childhood Care and Education Facilitator

Type of role Teaching and education
Location Rwanda
Application Closing Date
Interview date TBA
Start date September 2022
Mode of delivery Working at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a fair world for everyone.

Role overview

Working at project location – In this role, you will provide on-site support in the project location and/or VSO office, (full-time unless otherwise specified) for a set period of time.

We're looking for a National Early Childhood Care and Education Facilitator to join our new exciting Education programme in Rwanda - Let's Learn through Play.
Your role is to provide high-level technical input to improve learning outcomes for pre-primary children. You will be supporting teachers to adopt an integrated play-based and learner-centred teaching, inclusion, gender, social accountability, and resilience in delivering the programme's overall quality of education.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential:
• Bachelor’s degree in pre-primary/or with related qualifications in early childhood education from the Teacher Training College (TTC) in Rwanda
•At least two years’ practical experience in early childhood education / candidates without any teaching experience who qualified in early childhood education course are encouraged to apply
•Practical Knowledge of understanding play based, inclusion and learner centred approaches
•Ability to write good reports generating evidence and change case stories
•Fluent English and Kinyarwanda speaker with good written skills and the ability to explain play- based learning concepts to relevant audiences of different levels
•Demonstrate the ability to learn to adapt practical training, mentoring, coaching

Desirable:
•Data collection and project monitoring experience and a structured approach to documenting progress and learning.
•Open to learning tips of better approaches
•Mentoring colleagues and teachers to gain experience
•Write a letter for your motivation, the district of origin/preferred district placement
Knowledge/qualifications:
•Strong ICT skills and knowledge of using tablets, smartphones and computers for data collection
•Integrating core approaches of social inclusion, gender, social accountability and resilience
Experience:
•Influencing, negotiation and facilitation skills
•Working in teams to maximise their contribution
Skills/Abilities:
•Sensitivity to working with multi -cultural colleagues and adjusting to working under pressure
•Working collaboratively in a team to lead planning and implementation
•Adapting good Facilitation

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.

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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