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  • Posted: Jul 30, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Voluntary Service Overseas is the world's leading development charity fighting poverty through volunteers. Join us to create a world without poverty.
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    Youth Engagement Advisor - Remote

    Role Overview

    Working from home and at project location -  In this role, you will spend some time providing part-time remote support (e.g. from your home) to VSO projects or partners, and also a set period working full-time in the project location and/or VSO office.

    To support in project implementation with an aim to enhancing meaningful youth engagement for improved accountability, advocacy and influence

    Skills, Knowledge And Experience

    Skills, qualifications and experience

    Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)

    • Bachelor’s degree in development, social studies, health, or related field required field. Relevant Master’s degree preferred.
    • Experience with sectoral youth development strategies & policies, particularly around Adolescents & Youth Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights
    • Experience implementing youth engagement capacity building approaches, and youth focused trainings,
    • Strong understanding of youth network formation, different youth platforms at regional/global levels focused on SRHR agenda
    • Strong understanding of Social Accountability, policy engagement & advocacy approaches.
    • Experience in coaching and mentoring youth, youth-led CSOs, on meaningful youth engagement & participation

    Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)

    • Willingness to work in a difficult environment where basic amenities (electricity, internet etc.) is a challenge
    • Experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds & vulnerabilities
    • Good communication and report writing skills
    • Ability to work independently
    • Ability to maintain good working relationships
    • Curiosity and desire to learn and share knowledge.
    • Fluency in written and verbal English

    Competencies and Behaviour

    Whether You Want To Join Us As An Employee, Or As a Volunteer Working In Your Own Country, Overseas Or Online, Our Selection Process Includes An Assessment Based On These Core Competencies

    At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together.

    • Ability to be open minded and respectful
    • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
    • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
    • Ability to seek and share knowledge

    Equal Opportunities

    VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

    Allowance

    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.

    Accommodation

    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.

    Your application and COVID-19

    We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

    We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

    We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

    If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

    You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here .

    Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

    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).

    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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Voluntary Service Overseas on www.vsointernational.org to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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