Benishangul-Gumuz region in Ethiopia. VSO volunteers are assisting the Ethiopian government to implement inclusive education policies

Volunteer jobs in advocacy, policy and research

Use your skills to gather evidence and change policy for the benefit of others.

Make change happen

Laxmi Karki filling the record book as part of VSO research into gender based violence in Nepal
VSO/Suraj Ratna Shakya

Laxmi Karki filling a record book in support of research undertaken in Baglung, Nepal, aiming to develop an effective way to reduce gender based violence and conflict among communities.

Volunteers with advocacy, policy and research skills are vital in helping us make systemic changes that improve the lives of thousands, if not millions of people. 

Your placement might involve training staff in campaigning techniques or working with organisations to develop advocacy strategies, or campaign on behalf of their local communities. 

As a monitoring and evaluation specialist you could be working with public sector or state bodies to review current M&E practices and make recommendations for improvement or review and report on the success of specific projects or programmes.

We recruit the following specialisms:

  • Advocacy specialists, particularly working on gender, human rights and youth issues
  • Campaigners
  • Policy analysts
  • Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) specialists

I really enjoyed mentoring, coaching and working directly with people. It allowed me to see how the system worked -  and didn’t work.

Marleen Knijff
Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, Papua New Guinea

Current opportunities

How we support you

Throughout your journey with VSO, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. Our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement and our offices in each of the countries we work in and our local partners will provide ongoing support during your placement.

Before you go