Volunteer role: STEM Specialist ( Talent Pool )

Location Cambodia
Application Closing Date
Interview date To be confirmed
Start date Talent pool role
Mode of delivery Working at project location

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 in Africa and Asia 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

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.

As Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Specialist, you will provide technical support and guidance on inclusive STEM teaching methods informed by global and Cambodian context-specific analysis.
You will conduct research to co-design inclusive STEM 21st-century teaching and training packages, coach and mentor to build the capacity of volunteers and government partners to implement STEM teaching methods in 50 targeted secondary resource schools. You will also collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Regional School Improvement Team, regional school improvement advisors and relevant stakeholders’.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Are you a STEM Specialist who understands Cambodian education systems and policies, focusing on upper secondary education on STEM pedagogy, inclusive education and teacher professional development?
If you have a good understanding of international development organisations, specifically volunteering for development, you will be ideal for this role.

At VSO, we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open-minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Please note that this is a speculative job to help build a talent pool of prospective candidates for the upcoming volunteering jobs.

The details of any personal considerations specific to the placement (if any) will be communicated to you at a later stage. In addition to the job description, the following information should be used when considering whether a placement is suitable for you.
VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

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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