Friday, 1 March 2019

Volunteering Opportunity DSM at VSO International - Social Accountability and Youth Engagement Specialist Adviser

Social Accountability and Youth Engagement Specialist Adviser  Volunteering Opportunity Dar es salaam at VSO International | Deadline: 21st March, 2019

Volunteer role: Social Accountability and Youth Engagement Specialist Adviser
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Application Closing Date: 21 Mar 2019
Interview date: To be announced
Start date: 1st of July, 2019

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
VSO Tanzania is recruiting a technical adviser to grow and develop VSO’s work on social accountability and youth engagement at country level. The role will provide technical support to VSO’s Programme Managers, Project Managers and Volunteers in participatory approaches and transformational programme design, and methodological support in social accountability analysis. Additional support in other areas may be needed, such as power, stakeholder mapping, resilience and systems approaches to development. The role will involve some training and capacity building of key staff, volunteers and Primary Actors specifically youth in line with VSO’s global social accountability approach and People First Principles. 

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Experience of social accountability/ governance programme design, implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation
• Policy, Social Accountability & Governance Knowledge of policy, governance, and social accountability issues which are common to communities in developing countries.
• Commitment to community-led development processes of social change. Understanding of participatory approaches to working with communities
• Strong understanding of rights based approach to development. Recognition of the role of power and politics (vested interests) in constraining locally-led change.
• Direct and substantial experience of working cross-culturally and able to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between cultures.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; experience of developing compelling, high quality documentation: guidance and practice notes; concept notes; case stories, presentations for different audiences. Strong representation skills.
• Leadership experience at senior levels, building effective inter-organizational relationships, and working collaboratively with other organizations.
• Able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed objectives within deadlines, involving key individuals in the process.
• IT (MS office) proficiency.
• Able to travel, including work away from the home base for up to 50% of time, both within the country and occasionally internationally and some weekend and evening work.

• Master’s degree in Public Policy, Governance, Law, Development Studies or other relevant subject
• Training in Policy/Advocacy, fundraising, or M&E
• 4 years+ experience of community development /social accountability, or policy/governance work

• Knowledge of Political economy analysis would be an asset.
• Experience of preparing compelling, high quality documentation; concept notes & proposals, presentations, budgets, reports, etc.) for different partner and donor audiences
• Volunteering experience and working cross culturally


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.