New Volunteering Vacancies at VSO International – Social Accountability Specialist | Deadline: 15th June, 2020
AJIRA TANZANIA 2020 / NAFASI ZA KAZI 2020
Volunteer role: Social Accountability Specialist – E-volunteer
Type of role: Advocacy policy and research
Location Various Countries
Application Closing Date 15 Jun 2020
Interview date TBA
Start date ASAP
VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.
Social Accountability is an important and growing part of VSO’s programme portfolio. It is one of the three VSO core approaches in addition to resilience and social inclusion and gender. Together, these approaches contribute to a more transformational approach in VSO’s programming and are an integral part of the organization’s volunteering for development (VFD) Framework. For VSO, social accountability is a process of change that empowers poor and marginalized people to lead their own development by exercising voice, claiming rights and holding people in power to account. The main purpose for this role will be to support our Social Accountability work in-country. In this role, you will contribute by supporting our networks of social accountability staff, volunteers, partners and primary actors gain the capability to operate in the digital space. This is in response to the current C0VID I9 pandemic, which has impacted and reduced the scope of conventional social accountability work due to the restrictive measures put in place as a response to the pandemic. You will support in building the capacity of our staff, volunteers, partners and primary actors to implement social accountability work using digital/online means.
Skills, qualifications and experience
Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working collaboratively. Our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• 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
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
In addition to the core competencies above, you will possess the below:
• Demonstrated expertise in development and implementation of SA strategies and tools and training staff and partners on the application tools and data analysis
• Knowledge of Political Economy Analysis, Public Governance, Community Engagement, Social Accountability tools and Participatory research.
• Ability to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between diverse groups especially through online platforms.
• Good experience in supporting community networks through capacity building and mobilization and in supporting citizen groups to undertake collective action.
• Experience of using digital and social media tools to deliver webinar.
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
This role is mainly remote working, VSO will reimburse all related expenses incurred while performing the activities e.g. communications.
Your application and C0V1D-I9
We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the C0V1D-I9 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 C0V1D-I9 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the C0V1D-I9 pandemic here.
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.
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