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Volunteer role: Early Childhood Education Advisor

Type of role:Teaching and education
Location:various Districts, Rwanda
Interview date:10th February 2020
Start date:18th April 2020

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

The overall purpose is to provide high-level technical inputs to improve learning outcomes for pre-primary children by supporting teachers to adapt play based and learner centred teaching, inclusion, gender, social accountability and resilience in the delivery of the programme and overall quality of education.


• Train and mentor national volunteers deployed as ECE learning facilitators across several districts of Rwanda in each aspect of their role.
• Train and mentor ECE / pre-primary teachers and school leaders to support play based, inclusive and learner centred approaches
• Make frequent school visits alongside National volunteers / ECE learning facilitators to support the achievement of the programme
• Provide technical support to the training for community volunteers targeting social economic development officers (SEDO) and friends of family (IZU) for improved coordination of parental engagement in children’s learning and management by local education authorities.
• Support the facilitation of inclusion, gender, social accountability and resilience for teachers, head teachers and community volunteers.
• Innovatively and creatively support the reach to 15,000-20,000childen in 1 year
• Collect data and evidence, including supporting the development of success and case stories, to inform evaluation, learning and communications regarding the programme

• Contribute to local level and central level reviews of the progress of implementation and impact of the programme

• Produce accurate and reflective reports regarding progress on the implementation of the programme

Skills, qualifications and experience

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in pre-primary/ lower primary Education preferably or with related qualifications in early childhood education
• At least five years’ practical experience in early childhood education / kindergarten and/or primary education.
• Advanced knowledge of understanding play based, inclusion and learner centred approaches
• Proven ability to write high level quality reports generating evidence and change case stories
• Fluent English speaker with good written skills and the ability to explain complex concepts to audiences of different levels of experience and knowledge.
• Proven ability to technically train, coach and supervise others- we discourage applicants that lack this practical experience.

• Data collection and project monitoring experience and a structured approach to documenting progress and learning.
• Mentoring colleagues and teachers to gain experience

• Strong ICT skills and knowledge of using tablets, smartphones and computers for data collection
• Integrating core approaches of social inclusion, gender, social accountability and resilience
• Influencing, negotiation and facilitation skills
• Steering teams to maximise their contribution
• Sensitivity to working in developing countries
• Working in a team to lead planning and implementation
• Facilitation


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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