Volunteer role: Technical Vocational Training Adviser

Type of role
Location Various Countries
Application Closing Date
Interview date Soonestpossible
Start date To be confirmed

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. 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

You will assess the needs and build the operational and management capacity of staff, management and board members of the vocational training institute so they have the leadership, policies and practices to support the delivery of quality, market relevant, internationally recognised (e.g. City and Guilds) and industry demanded standards of skills training and services; so the local population have increased preparedness for employment

Skills, qualifications and experience

Essential
• A degree in a relevant field
• 5+ years of experience in Welding and Metal fabrication or Motor vehicle repair/Mechanical Eng or Carpentry and Joinery or Building and concrete Technician or Plumbing and Pipe fitting.
• Familiarity with governance practice
• Proven coaching and mentoring skills
• Experience within vocational training organisations especially those offering C&G and/or NVQ
• Experience of delivering Training of Trainers

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 but VSOs standards for security and facilities

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.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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Volunteer Dr Kiran Cheedella in Sierra Leone
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