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Social Accountability and Youth Engagement Adviser New Volunteering Opportunities MWANZA at VSO International Tanzania 2020

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Jobs in Tanzania 2020: New Volunteering Opportunities at VSO International,  2020


Volunteer role: Social Accountability and Youth Engagement Adviser
Location: Mwanza, Tanzania
Application Closing Date: 31 Dec 2019
Interview date: TBC
Start date: February 2020
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. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you 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 as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview
Social Accountability and Youth Engagement Adviser will grow and develop VSO’s work on social accountability and youth engagement at country level. He/she will champion the VSO global youth engagement and Social Accountability (SA) work to inspire staff and volunteers at all levels to positively engage and support the integration of social accountability and youth engagement work within their practice, 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
Skills, Knowledge 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.
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• Master’s degree in Public Policy, Governance, Law, Development Studies or other relevant subject
• Training in Policy/Advocacy or M&E
• 4 years+ experience of community development /social accountability, or policy/governance work.
• 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.
Desirable Criteria:
• 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

Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. 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:
• 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.

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.
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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).

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