Resilient Livelihoods


Bangladesh, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya

Application closing date

Flexibele/ not applicable/ any time

Start date



6, 12 or 24 Months

Role overview

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

  • Review the existing resilience-related activities in the country office and how these are implemented in field level through partners.
  • Conduct a study to find different shocks and stresses, both natural and human-made, that threaten wellbeing now and in the future.
  • Conduct mapping in identifying the groups that are most vulnerable, and why.
  • Develop a strategy to cope, adapt and recover from shocks and stress.
  • Identify the challenges of vulnerable groups and develop guidelines on how the challenges can be mitigated and monitored.
  • Develop the capacity of VSO and its partner staff to cope, adapt through holistic and people-centered approaches to address the diverse factors, both positive and negative, that influence wellbeing.
  • Work closely with VSO and implementing partners to embed resilience in the organization and program activities.
    Conduct context mapping and develop interventions to reduce the impact of the hazard or stress based on local perspectives.

Skills, qualifications and experience

  • At least a Bachelor degree in a relevant field.
  • Clear knowledge of resilience interventions.
  • Experience on conducting a study on shocks and stresses assessment.
  • A clear understanding of resilience interventions based on the local context.
  • In-depth knowledge of shocks and stresses both natural and human-made.
  • Conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think
  • Having development experience on the livelihoods of poor communities

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.

For further information about this job, download here the detailed job description.

Terms & conditions

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 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.

The environment of development work is changing continuously. Our recruiter knows the actual vacancies abroad. If you have any questions about our current programs and where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact Kelly.

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