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Volunteer Role: Youth Engagement & Empowerment Adviser

Job Summary

Support partners in developing knowledge products (definitions, guidance, tools, trainings, research, etc.).

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Volunteer, internship
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

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 lift 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.


Role overview

Programme information
The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) https://fundforyouthemployment.nl/, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), aims to create new jobs and make jobs more accessible for 200.000 youth (half of these for women) in the ministry’s priority focus countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and the Horn of Africa. The fund is open to Private sector and (I)NGO applications (or mixed consortia). VSO will strengthen the work of the selected Implementing Partners through strategic VSO volunteer engagements.
The aim of the Fund will be achieved by supporting youth employment initiatives in these regions. Initiatives will offer youth, particularly young women, opportunities for decent work that delivers better prospects for personal development, is productive, and offers a stable income, social protection and safe working conditions.
Strengthen the private sector to engage with youth and to create decent work for youth that meets their aspirations and provides them voice and agency. Develop knowledge products for youth empowerment and support the implementation of these tools within private sector companies, micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and target communities.


Expected Responsibilities (to be confirmed and refined):
As a Youth Engagement & Empowerment Adviser you will:

- Support partners in developing knowledge products (definitions, guidance, tools, trainings, research, etc.).
- Research barriers in youth empowerment.
- Advise on career paths for youths and preserve them for the companies.
- Conduct on the job training for the target audience and support the revision of the training modules for capacity building of the private sector, to ensure that they are gender and youth responsive.
- Ensure that the lessons learned are retrieved from within the organization and are applied in the programs.
- Make sure that there is an effective M&E report and monitor the learnings on youth engagement and empowerment within employment programs.
You work in a multidimensional project team, with experts on different kind of areas.


Skills, qualifications and experience

Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Open-minded and respectful
• resilient and adaptive to new situations
• facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• seek and share knowledge

Qualifications:
• You have a Bachelor/ Master’s degree in Behavioral and Social Science, HR or Business Administration.

Experience:
• You have experience (2+ years) with youth engagement policies and strategies, implementation and advisory and/ or youth economic empowerment.
• Private Sector experience is essential.
• You have experience with monitoring and evaluation.

Desirable:
• Experience with Corporate Social Responsibility

Equal Opportunities
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Terms & Conditions
In- country National volunteers
• You will be sharing your skills with implementing partners and other stakeholders on a full-time basis. VSO covers your pre-placement preparation (training, medical and security clearance), arrange and covers your accommodation, medical insurance costs, work related expenses and a local living allowance.

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 organisation. 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 organisations, 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 country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.


Your application and COVID-19

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

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