Volunteer role: Policy and Advocacy Specialist

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Various Countries
Partner organisation VSO International
Application Closing Date
Interview date Soonest Possible
Start date Soonest Possible

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

As a volunteer, you will provide technical support to Programme Managers to integrate policy and advocacy into the programme design and delivery of VSO programs. This will include supporting the development of tools and approaches that enable programs to capture evidence from the ground and translate it into programme messages and strategy for influencing policies. This will ensure that marginalised and vulnerable people and communities have a voice on policies and practices that affect them.

Skills, qualifications and experience

You have:-
A degree in Social Sciences or relevant qualifications.
Over 5 years experience in advocacy and campaigning, strategy development, policy analysis, social research or communications.
Experience of working for an NGO at local, national or international level.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Experience in organizing workshops and meetings.
Good knowledge of participatory action research.
Flexible and creative person.
The ability to handle problems, obstacles and frustrating circumstances.

Allowance and accommodation

All volunteers have an allowance paid in local currency. The allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home.

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

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.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description to read more details about the position and the skills and experience we’re looking for. To submit your application, click on ‘Apply now’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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