The purpose of this role is to build up and retain the capacity for social accountability programming within the organization.
As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges, and develop your expertise while doing something truly fulfilling. The local office’s need will decide your exact job description.
The Social Accountability Adviser will help the country office of VSO to develop a clear framework for constructive citizen and government engagement, and the concrete tools/methodologies to utilize, which could then be mainstreamed among its partners.
There should be awareness of and a focus on sensitivity to cultural contexts of the partners to ensure that interventions and products are appropriate and relevant to the cultural/historical realities of its partners. A number of VSO partners may have existing initiatives on constructive engagement, good governance, anti-corruption, and transparency agenda.
You will also provide technical and capacity-building support for VSO partners (CSOs and primary actors) for citizen groups monitoring of government’s use of public resources, using Social Accountability tools and approaches, including youth engagement.
Skills, qualifications and experience required
The Ideal candidate has;
- Proven experience of using Social Accountability Tool
- A commitment to community-led processes of social change
- Understanding of participatory approaches to working with communities
- Understanding of or experience in community development
- Strong understanding of rights-based approach to development
- Recognition of the role of power and politics (vested interests) in constraining locally-led change
- Understanding of evidence-based influencing and advocacy
- Strong listening and observation skills
- Good facilitation skills using participatory processes and techniques
- Willingness to learn and unlearn
- Self-aware and reflective
- Ability to step back and allow others to lead
Besides these skills, you need to be open-minded, 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.
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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.