Application closing date
To be confirmed
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.
The Social Cohesion and Tolerance Advisor will work with local partners to promote peaceful coexistence, communal harmony and tolerance. The volunteer will undertake research to understand inter-communal conflicts and reconciliations in order to design frameworks and programmes to build a culture of tolerance and respect for ethnic and religious diversity to promote peaceful coexistence. She/he will explore viable and sustained community-based initiatives for reconciliation and peace-building.
Skills, qualifications and experience required
The Ideal Candidate has:
- A University degree in Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and related
- Experience and demonstrated results in technical support in conflict resolution, peace building and related work on gender equality, women participation and leadership in a developing country context
- Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to conflict, democracy, ethnic and religious tolerance.
- Experience in decision-making positions, advocacy and/or influencing a range of decision-makers e.g. national governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN organisations.
- Excellent communication and social skills, the ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders in a developing country and non-English speaking context.
- Ability to work independently as well as with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
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
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.
Sign up for the Monthly newsletter
Stay up to date with the latest news, volunteer opportunities and stories from our work across Africa and Asia, with our monthly email newsletter.
Help make a change on a global scale
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Find out about the work we’re doing in the fight against poverty.
Our most common vacancies are summarized in our vacancy bank. You will find an overview at ‘Check out all vacancies’. Because we work in a very dynamic and fast-changing environment we advise you to go to our international website for an overview of our current demand in Africa and Asia.