Start date: To be confirmed

Duration: 12 Months


This program supports the improvement of the overall quality of education in Rwanda and especially the learning of children with disabilities. You can click here to see some volunteer stories from Rwanda on Youtube.

As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your expertise, and often also management skills while doing something truly fulfilling. The local office or partner’s need will decide your exact job description.

Role overview

You will train and mentor the VSO national volunteers deployed as Special Needs Education Coordinators (SNECOs) across several districts of Rwanda in each aspect of their role, including on their training and mentoring of school inclusive education focal teachers and school leaders (including governing bodies), and on engagement with district and sub-district officials. For this, you make frequent school and community visits alongside the Special Needs Education Coordinators to support the achievement of the programme. (Note that this position involves working across several districts of the country.  To travel to districts you would usually travel on local buses. Travel within districts will usually be as a passenger on motorbike taxis. You will also provide inclusion-related technical advice to the Building and Learning Foundation staff on each component of the programme.

Besides this you:

  • Work on teacher development and classroom practice
  • Enhance school leadership by headteachers and School General Assembly Committees (SGAC’s)
  • Improve coordination and management by local education authorities
  • Support development of training and professional development materials for the Special Needs Education Coordinators, local teachers, headteachers and school governing bodies.
  • Collect data and evidence, including supporting the development of success and case stories, to inform evaluation, learning, and communications in regard to the programme
  • Contribute to the local level and central level reviews of the progress of implementation and impact of the programme.
  • Produce accurate and reflective reports in regard to the implementation of the programme.

Skills, qualifications, and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education preferably with Special Needs
  • At least five years’ practical experience in inclusive education and/or special needs education.
  • Advanced knowledge of understanding disability as a social as well as a medical experience
  • Fluent English speaker with good written skills and the ability to explain complex concepts to audiences of different levels of experience and knowledge.
  •  Proven ability to train, coach and supervise others.
  • Strong ICT skills and knowledge of using tablets, smartphones and computers for data collection
  • Experience:
  • Influencing, negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Sensitivity to working in developing countries


  • Data collection and project monitoring experience and a structured approach to documenting progress and learning.

Besides these skills, you need to be openminded, respectful, resilient and adaptive to new situations. It is important that you can facilitate positive change, build sustainable working relationships and are willing to seek and share knowledge. For further information about this job, download here the detailed job description.

Terms & conditions

The experience of a placement is a one-of-a-life-time experience and will benefit you in multiple ways. You will have the chance to learn to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. There is often the opportunity to develop your teamwork-, leadership- and management skills. This can be helpful for career opportunities after your placement.

VSO will cover and support you in all preparations: training, visa, work permit, registration in-country, flights, vaccinations, anti-malarial treatment, PEP treatment, medical and security clearance. In-country VSO will provide induction and support in placement, arrange secure accommodation (often shared with another VSO professional), full medical insurance (including repatriation cover), medical indemnity insurance, work-related travel costs, and a living allowance which will enable you to live a basic but healthy lifestyle, but which is not sufficient to cover ongoing commitments at home.

What we do at VSO

Our programs 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 programs. 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.


The world currently faces challenges on a scale not seen in a century. As a global organization, efforts to control COVID-19 will certainly result in changes to VSO’s activities and operations in the coming months. At this moment we are not sending international professional volunteers abroad. We have dedicated teams monitoring the situation, working across locations, programmes and projects to ensure we respond appropriately and responsibly – and that no one is left behind. We’ll continue to recruit professional volunteers and maintain a talent pool, to be prepared to work with them in the face of this uncertainty to plan for the future and build a fair world for everyone. If you have any questions about our current programs and where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact our recruiter Kelly.

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