Social Accountability-National Volunteer at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO): (Deadline 30 June 2021)


Social Accountability-National Volunteer at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO): (Deadline 30 June 2021)

Nyagatare District, Rwanda
Working at project location
2 weeks
VSO Rwanda

About VSO

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. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmers in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Mode of Delivery overview

Working at project location – In this role, you will provide on-site support in the project location and/or VSO office, (full-time unless otherwise specified) for a set period of time.

Role overview

The volunteer will provide support and capacity building at the country level and consortium partners, Civil Society Organisations, especially youth-focussed/led organizations to enable them to: 1. gain skills and knowledge in social accountability relevant to the needs of the Intersectionality Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programme; 2. Have the necessary tools for undertaking social accountability activities within the programme; 3. Raise awareness and promote dialogue among different stakeholders to respond to the needs and priorities of vulnerable youth with compounded vulnerabilities across the programme; and, 4. To engage and mobilise vulnerable youth groups to lead their own advocacy agendas.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)


  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a related subject preferably Policy, Political Science, Law, Gender or Development studies.


  • At least three years’ experience in advocacy and policy space as well as developing responses to SRHR issues in a development context.
  •  Demonstrated ability to effectively convene, coordinate and communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders and identifying their needs and using their own voice to express their priorities.
  • Strong background in participatory community consultation.
  • Experienced in designing and delivering community consultation programmes.
  •  Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  •  Excellent written and communication skills especially when explaining complex concepts to audiences of different levels.
  •  Proven ability to train, coach and supervise others.


  • Building and sustaining working relationships: foster teamwork and collaboration with others for the benefit of a common goal.
  •  Open-minded and respectful: a non-judgmental approach that values other people and culture.
  • Seeking and sharing knowledge: recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.
  •  Demonstrated organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Facilitating positive change: the ability to analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.
  • Adaptability: a flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.
  • Resilience: the self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity

People with a lived experience of marginalization based on their identities (gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, etc) are encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunities:

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

AllowanceAs 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

Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

Application closing date: 30th June 2021

July 2021

Interview/Assessment date(s)

Start date

July 2021




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