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Volunteer role: Capacity Building Adviser – Education Programmes

Type of role:Business, management and IT
Application Closing Date:31 Jan 2018
Interview date:ongoing
Start date:Jan18/Feb18/Mar18

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

Through improved access to quality education along the education continuum, the programme envisions that marginalised adolescent girls from our working project areas will transition from basic to secondary education, and secondary to upper secondary, empowered to leave school to either secure a sustainable livelihood or continue with education. They will be equipped with skills, bolstered by strong learning outcomes that improve employability, enhance confidence and self-esteem to act as leaders, and enable them to influence and control their own Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). To achieve this, the programme aims to create secure, conducive learning environments for marginalized1 adolescent girls, with schools, teachers, parents and communities more actively engaged in helping girls to excel and committed to supporting girls’ education through addressing the socioeconomic barriers that prevent adolescent girls from achieving learning outcomes and transitioning through key education milestones and beyond. The project aims to address are:
• From primary to lower secondary education
• From lower-secondary to upper secondary education
• Into education for out-of-school girls
• Into vocational training, further education or sustainable livelihood for older Out-Of-School (OOS)girls and girls leaving school
Underpinning all the educational transition points above, the project will also support transition from adolescence to adulthood for the girls from a SRH perspective, boosting girls’ self-worth so they do not only see themselves (or are seen) as wives or mothers and recognise that they have a choice when it comes to deciding when to get married, have children and how they would choose to plan their futures.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• At least 5 years of experience in capacity building of institutions and community mobilisation and engagement
• advanced understanding of a wide range of capacity building approaches, best practices and lessons learned
• Experience in designing and conducting technical and financial capacity needs assessments of individuals and institutions; Skills in developing and using technical and financial capacity assessment instruments, and adult learning methodologies
• Demonstrated experience in developing competency based training packages;
• Experience in measuring capacity building achievements
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships across multiple levels internally and externally
• Ability to work effectively across teams with inter cultural and inter disciplinary sensitivity;
• Good communication skills - listening, oral and written
• All applicants must possess strong written and spoken English language skills. Applicants may be required to take a VSO language test as part of the selection process.

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