Volunteer jobs at VSO (Deadline: July 20,2018)

Job pack: Youth Development Facilitators (2 Vacancies)- National volunteer and career growth at VSO

Location: To be advised,Rwanda
Application Closing Date: 20 Jul 2018
Interview date: To be advised
Start date: To be advised


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

Development of Networks with Youth and Youth Organisations

  • Organise youth outreach activities in different contexts including: youth enterprises, youth sport and entertainment, and other avenues that bring youth together.
  • Participate in youth activities organised by stakeholders including youth organisations, government and private sector partners.
  • Support the Youth Advisor to identify and reach out to different organisations that are involved in youth development.
  • Identify and engage youth clubs in higher learning institutions

Planning, Facilitating and Organising Meetings/workshops

  • Organise logistics for meetings/workshops to generate ideas for youth development interventions.
  • Support the Youth Advisor to plan, organize and conduct internal and external consultative and validation meetings for the youth programme.
  • Support the youth advisor to plan workshops, identify participants and develop relevant content.
  • Facilitation during youth meetings/events/workshops

Research/Data Collection

  • Gather information from primary actors in rural and urban areas on youth issues/challenges.
  • Collect and review secondary information on youth development plans, strategies and other relevant reports
  • Prepare brief reports on micro-contexts for youth livelihoods in different rural and urban contexts of Rwanda.
  • Provide insights or recommendations for interventions to support youth in accessing employment or starting their own business


  • Prepare progress reports on youth outreach activities and update the youth advisor

Skills, qualifications, and experience

Successful candidates will be a Rwandan and would have the following skills, knowledge and experience:


  • Young persons with Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma in social sciences, management, business, economics or other related courses
  • Dynamic diploma holders with ambition, youth engagement skills, and exposure are eligible
  • Leadership experience in the community or in School or other settings
  • Meeting facilitation skills
  • Familiar with Youth programmes and initiatives in Rwanda
  • A good level of spoken and written English
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint


  • A good network with youth organisations in Rwanda
  •  Previous experience or current involvement in youth sport and entertainment clubs or organisations
  •  Previous or current involvement in volunteering work in the community Experience in facilitating meetings and group discussions.
  • Experience in Youth Mobilisation and Training.

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.

How to apply

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

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