Nepal: Kathmandu

Application closing date

27 September 2020

Start date

As soon as possible


18 Months

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.

Role overview

In the role of Education Policy Adviser, you will support the Foreign Aid Coordination Section (FACS) at the Ministry of Education, Technology, and Science (MOEST/MoE) endeavor to ensure the effective coordination for School Sector Development Plan (SSDP). You will be in the lead of the coordination among Development Partners (DPs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) supporting SSDP and supporting the Ministry (MoE) to gather evidence from different sources. You will identify areas for capacity development among staff members and works with them closely to enhance their leadership capacities.

Skills, qualifications, and experience

Essential qualifications:

  • University degree in Education, at least 5 years’ experience working with multi-level stakeholders
    particularly in government;
  • Strong background coordinating with government agencies, development partners and civil society
  • Experience in conducting education policy research particularly on equity in education;
  • Strong background in building capacity of staff, particularly in government;
  • Background in Programme and policy implementation and monitoring;
  • Strong background in writing policy briefs and reports;
  • Knowledge and understanding of international inclusive education practice.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience of practical and creative solutions to deliver results in organizations with minimal
  • Understanding of School Sector Development Plan
  • Knowledge and understanding of Education in Federalism;
  • Knowledge and understanding of international gender.

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. 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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