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 coordinate with the project team to ensure high-quality outcomes and standards of the program in Rural livelihoods. The focus will be on outreach training to rural communities. Especially to reach the landless, youth, and women with training on food processing in horticulture. You will support the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) center at the provincial governmental body. This is to improve their services in providing high-quality vocational training to rural people, especially youth and women. This improvement of service will be through reviewing the current practice and curriculum as well as reviewing the need for rural youth and women. This is aiming at job creation, employability at the rural level, and social accountability of duty bearers.

Skills, qualifications, and experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in TVET and outreach training for cooperatives, remote communities especially, youth, women and marginalized groups, Outreach, Job market linkage/value chain, private sector engagement, and development.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Rural Development required, preferably Master’s degree with a specialization in TVET, job creation, Agricultural Economics or Rural Development.
  • Experiences in TVET and job market development for rural youth and women and lead the team with international expert or colleagues
  • Strong knowledge of stakeholder/private sector management, engagement and development
  • Experience in working with cooperatives and remote communities
  • Experience in coordination work with multi-stakeholders, multi-disciplinary, multi-level, multi-sector and cross-culture.
  • Results-oriented with the ability to deliver high targets and meet deadlines
  • Understanding about TVET context and challenges in Cambodia
  • Understanding of socio-economic issues, especially relating to Cambodia agriculture and economic development.
  • A clear understanding of climate-related risks to rice farming and mitigation strategies;
  • Valid driving license
  • Passion for volunteering and helping the development of Cambodia
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and network skills
  • High level of demonstrated competency in developing and implementing effective strategies, business plans, and budget management
  • Demonstrated ability to nature and/or build effective partnerships with different partners
  • Fluency in English and Khmer essential
  • Computer literate with additional expertise in statistical or other similar software is desirable
  • Use of ICT in value chains
  • Ability to organize farmers into business organizations, including linking them to markets
  • A clear understanding of the value of volunteering, through the personal experience of volunteering or working with volunteers and an ability to articulate how change happens through volunteering for development.
  • Ability to articulate the issues around voluntourism and harmful forms of volunteering
  • Direct and substantial experience of working cross-culturally and able to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between cultures.

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 Kirsten Schouten:

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VSO is een internationale ontwikkelingsorganisatie die door duurzame kennisuitwisseling werkt aan een rechtvaardiger wereld zonder armoede. …

VSO heeft zo’n 900 vacatures per jaar in Afrika en Azië. VSO’ers werken in vrijwel alle beroepsgebieden: onderwijs, gezondheidszorg, business en management, IT, techniek en natuur (van landbouw tot visserij en natuurbeheer).

Wereldwijd werken er op dit moment zo’n 1.700 VSO’ers aan armoedebestrijding, waaronder 120 Nederlandse VSO’ers. Sinds de oprichting, in 1958, hebben meer dan 43.000 vakdeskundigen hun kennis en ervaring gedeeld in 140 landen. Vanuit Nederland zijn er totaal 1.500 VSO’ers uitgezonden.


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