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Volunteer role: Business Development Advisor – Vocational Training Institute

Type of role:Agriculture and natural resources
Location:Arua, Uganda
Application Closing Date:21 Jun 2019
Interview date:March 2019 onwards
Start date:July 2019 (earlier preferred)

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

Assess the needs and build the business skills and practice of the Vocational Training Institute (VTI), to develop and implement strategies to become a self-sustained VTI that delivers, quality, agricultural market relevant, industry demanded standards of training skills and services.

This project is part of a 3 year youth livelihood project, funded by private supporters of VSO’s work in Uganda.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• A degree in Business, Administration, Organizational management or related field
• 5+ years of relevant experience
• Experience in supporting organisations to develop and implement strategic- and business plans
• Experience of Change Management, organisational transformations.
• Strong networking and partnership building skills and experience
• Proven coaching and mentoring skills
• Experience of working with/training low capacity teams
• Effective communications skills (including IT skills and report writing)

• Knowledge and experience in agri-business sector; markets and value chain
• Experience within vocational/agricultural training organisations
• Experience with youth / livelihoods projects
• Experience of delivering Training of Trainers
• Prior experience of working in developing countries (in Africa, in an NGO
• Motorbike experience or willingness to learn

Personal Qualities
• Strong interpersonal skills and suitable character to work in a slow-paced environment which can be bureaucratic (requiring patience and tenacity).
• Professionalism
• Conceptual and analytic thinking
• Initiative, self-motivated
• Ability to adjust and adapt easily to a new environment, culture and situation; address multiple challenges in the workplace and be able to work without much supervision.
• A team player able to work alongside their local colleagues in a spirit of partnership.
• Proactive, supportive, adaptive and accommodative


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.

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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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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