Thousands of teachers around the world do not get the necessary training and support, and as a consequence pupils do not reach their full potential. VSO is working to change this.

During a VSO placement, 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

The education specialist trains and supports teachers, education management and community members to respond to these challenges in order to unlock the talent of every child. The ideal candidate has excellent teacher trainer skills, experience with education management, the ability to support teachers and learners in the use of technology and is passionate about improving children’s learning through digital education technology (DET).


  • Plan and facilitate frequent fact-based Review and Capacity-Development Meetings with the district team of national volunteers.
  • Undertake school visits alongside national volunteers demonstrating effective mentoring activities for primary teachers of English and Mathematics
  • Support national volunteers to implement their own professional development activities for teachers.
  • Lead the national volunteers in preparing and implementing high-quality training workshops for primary teachers of English and Mathematics and high-quality school visits.
  • Participate in various meetings for headteachers and district and sub-district education officials and advise on teachers’ professional development, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Develop and communicate ‘success stories’ and produce regular and reflective individual and district volunteer team reports incorporating both quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Lead and support SLFs planning their work including how to reach out to all schools to implement Building and Learning Foundation (BLF) activities without compromising the quality.
  • Significantly contribute to the reporting system In place( weekly review meeting reports and DEM-DTA report monthly).

Skills, qualifications, and experience

The ideal applicant will have

  • At least 5 years’ experience working in the education sector
  • Teaching and classroom management experience especially in the early grades (first and second year of primary school)
  • Experience in using different and innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes
  • Prior experience in using technology and community in education would also be a plus
  • Experience in the use of data/research outcomes to make and implement initiatives that would enhance learning
  • Ability to self-manage, set targets and self-monitor would also be ideal
  • Teacher training, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation experience

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. Click here for more information about how we battle Corona.

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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