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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.
The Social Cohesion and Tolerance Advisor will work with local partners to promote peaceful coexistence, communal harmony and tolerance. The volunteer will undertake research to understand inter-communal conflicts and reconciliations in order to design frameworks and programmes to build a culture of tolerance and respect for ethnic and religious diversity to promote peaceful coexistence. S/he will explore viable and sustained community-based initiatives for reconciliation and peace-building.
Skills, qualifications and experience
The Ideal Candidate has:
A University degree in Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and related
Experience and demonstrated results in technical support in conflict resolution, peace building and related work on gender equality, women participation and leadership in a developing country context
Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to conflict, democracy, ethnic and religious tolerance.
Experience in decision making positions, advocacy and/or influencing a range of decision-makers e.g. national governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN organisations.
Excellent communication and social skills, the ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders in a developing country and non-English speaking context.
Ability to work independently as well as with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
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.
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.
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