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Volunteer role: Research Volunteer


Location:Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Application Closing Date:26 Sep 2017
Interview date:To be announced
Start date:1st of January, 2018

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

The ideal person for this position will conduct a nationwide context analysis on social accountability for the youth in Tanzania. The researcher will conduct a (quantitative) desk research as well as consulting and conducting informative interviews with key stakeholders. This consultation will help draw learnings and good practices for future programming. This analysis will help us to make the critical decisions as to where the most vulnerable are, their needs and therefore our choice for the geographical focus in our programming. The findings from this assessment will help inform VSO Tanzania country strategy on social accountability for the youth and will reflect VSO’s people first strategy.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Knowledge on social accountability related to youth is required as a core skill;

Know-how of participatory assessment / development approaches is required;

Thorough understanding of social accountability and governance in order to comprehend the landscape that is reviewed;

General software knowledge (e.g. Microsoft Office), and knowledge of statistical packages such as Excel, SPSS or STATA;

A recognized undergraduate or master degree or comparable qualification (master degree is preferable) in a relevant discipline;

Minimum of 3 years of experience in conducting large survey / fieldwork (data collection, validation, entry and analysis), leading field staff teams implementing surveys in the field;

Proven experience and expertise on quantitative and qualitative methods;

Willingness to travel to field sites during the fieldwork phase;

Good interpersonal / human relations skills.

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.

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