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Volunteer role: Resilience Adviser

Type of role:Agriculture and natural resources
Location:Khulna, Bangladesh
Partner organisation:DFID
Application Closing Date:31 Jan 2019
Interview date:TBA
Start date:10/07/2018

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

the volunteer will perform the following tasks:
1. Review the existing resilience related activities in VSO Bangladesh and how these are implementing in field level through partners
2. Conduct study to find different shocks and stresses both natural and human made threaten wellbeing now and in the future
3. Conduct mapping in identifying the groups that are most vulnerable, and why
4. Develop strategy to cope, adapt and recover shocks and stress
5. Identify the challenge of vulnerable groups and develop guidelines on how the challenges can be mitigated and monitored
6. Develop capacity of VSO and its partners staff to cope, adapt through holistic and people-centred approaches to address the diverse factors, both positive and negative, that influence wellbeing
7. Work closely with VSO and implementing partners to embed resilience in the organization and program activities
8. Conduct context mapping and develop interventions to reduce the impact of the hazard or stress based on the local perspectives

Skills, qualifications and experience

• At least Bachelor degree in relevant field
• Clear knowledge on resilience interventions
• Experience on conducting study on shocks and stresses assessment
• Clear understanding on resilience interventions based on local context
• In depth knowledge on shocks and stresses both natural and human made
• Conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think
• Having development experience in South Asia context
• Experienced on livelihood of the poor communities


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.

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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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