Job Opportunity at VSO - Project Officer

Project Officer  

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

As a project officer, you will be working directly with young and highly motivated volunteers and you can make a difference in helping communities lift themselves out of poverty. In this role, you will be responsible for the effective delivery of the ICS project by supporting several team leaders, working with partners and donors, proactively building and maintaining relationships with host homes and support volunteers by guiding them in project implementation and upholding safety, security and welfare processes in the target community. The ICS project is implemented by young people in the age of 18 to about 25, so when you are passionate about making a difference with young people and for young people to fight poverty, this is your job!

Skills, qualifications and experience

Qualifications (essential):
Bachelor degree or equivalent, preferably Sociology, Social Science, Community Development, business studies or related areas.


  • Proven experience in working with and providing support to 18-25 year olds from a wide range of backgrounds with ability to facilitate learning in a non-formal environment;
  • Direct experience of working cross-culturally.
  • Significant experience in a supervisory role, with a proven ability to promote self-awareness, learning and development among individuals and teams;
  • Knowledge of issues common to communities in developing countries, possibly through working or living in a developing country
  • Communication – ability to communicate, both oral and written, with a range of audiences in fluent English and confident in public speaking.
  • Analysis, planning and problem-solving – able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed objectives within deadlines, involving key stakeholders in the process.


  • Experience in managing budgets and undertaking accounting procedures;
  • Preferably been Team Leader, Completed 2 cycle or People Management experience
  • Experience of working as a volunteer or working with volunteers to understand key factors that make volunteer placements viable, effective and rewarding;
  • Experience of designing, monitoring and evaluating youth programmes in an international context with the help of M&E tools and processes.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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Application Closing Date: 25 Feb 2020