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Volunteer role: Secure Livelihoods Advisor


Type of role:Agriculture and natural resources
Application Closing Date:31 Dec 2017
Interview date:TBD
Start date:TBD

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

To guide the operationalisation of the Resilience Livelihoods Framework in the lab countries, and ensure that VSO is learning from its own work and good practice in the sector. The technical guidance is carried out through participatory research and desk reviews, and as suggested by the Country Directors of the lab countries in order to ensure evidence based piloting outcome represents the voice of the primary actors. The Regional Adviser will work closely with the Lead Adviser Secure Livelihoods to oversee the implementation of the recommendations from a recent external review of VSO’s livelihoods work.

Skills, qualifications and experience

You have experience of direct work in livelihoods, with particular experience of supporting research, planning and implementation of programmes at all levels.
You experience of implementing an assets and capabilities approach to livelihoods development
Have understanding of current issues and trends in livelihoods and development, demonstrates skills and knowledge at equivalent level to a post-graduate qualification.

• Master’s degree in Sociology, Economics, MBA with 6 years working experience in
agriculture/youth/markets, value chain/livelihoods projects
• Demonstrated ability to design research projects, including livelihoods/ HEA/ Socio-Economic baselines studies under challenging conditions.
• Strong communications skills
• Demonstrated capacity in technical support and coordination
• Excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English

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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