National Volunteer-Youth Engagement and Participatory Research Specialist
01 Vacancy based on Rangpur, Bangladesh
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 lifting 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.
The purpose of the Youth Led Participatory Research is to understand how young people are engaged in programmes, organizational operations and governance, and also to inform decision making on youth-related matters. This will serve as part of evidence gathering on best practices on youth engagement, exploring further opportunities, enablers and barriers for meaningful youth engagement within VSO and in community, regional, national, continental and global levels, and to facilitate development of VSO’s Youth Engagement framework and articulation of youth contribution to VSO’s Global Engagement Framework
The Youth Engagement and participatory Research Specialist will work directly with the country programme team, M&E focal person and youth volunteers, guided by Global Youth Engagement Officer and Global Youth Engagement manager, and in collaboration with Knowledge for Impact team, Programme Development team and Engagement and Partnership team
Skills, qualifications and experience required
- Educated at Masters Level in social sciences, research for social sciences or equivalent.
- Minimum 3+ years’ experience in Youth participatory action research and community advocacy with and by young people
- Sound knowledge of the current participatory research approaches and methodologies.
- Experience in youth coaching and mentoring
- Experience and knowledge in Positive Youth Development Framework
- Experience working with/training low capacity teams/grass root organisations
- Excellent documentation and report writing skills
- Skills in the application and use of various data analysis tools, SPSS, Epi-data
- Good training and facilitation skills
- Proven planning, organizational and systems management competencies.
- Ability to work with minimum supervision
- Strong interpersonal skills and suitable character to work in a slow-paced environment which can be bureaucratic (requiring patience and tenacity).
- Conceptual and analytical thinker
- Ability to adjust and adapt easily to a new environment, culture and situation; address multiple challenges in the workplace and be able to work with minimal supervision.
- A team player able to work alongside their local colleagues in a spirit of partnership
- Proactive, supportive and accommodative
Under National Volunteer contract this role will start from 01 October 2018 - Wednesday, 31 March 2019. The duration may be extended or shortened according to project demand.
Facilities & Allowance
As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your business travel, accommodation, medical support, insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in the local currency of BDT 18,300. This allowance meets reasonable food & living expenses in the country, but will not be enough to send money home.
VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which mean 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 organization. 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 organizations, 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 the country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.
How to apply
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Application closing date
19 Sep 2018
Tentatively in between 23 September 2018 - 27 September 2018
01 October 2018
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