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VSO is looking for a Lead Advisor.


Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
From £40,000 per annum
Full Time, 35 hours per week

About VSO

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

This is an exciting new role within the newly created Volunteering for Development Team within VSO. The Lead Advisor will work with colleagues in the team to lead VSO’s thinking and practice on volunteering and people centred approaches to development.

This is a dynamic and wide-ranging role, combining internal and externally facing duties : from technical support to programmes through to strategic partnerships development and policy engagement.

Key responsibilities :

  • 1) lead the development of VSO’s evidence base on the contribution of volunteering to development ;
  • 2) facilitate the application of evidence and learning within VSO programmes and volunteer operations through knowledge exchange and innovation, and ;
  • 3) advocate for an enabling environment for volunteering for development through policy engagement and strategic partnerships.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

Essential :

Knowledge /Qualifications
  • Degree in international development or a related subject or equivalent experience.
  • In depth understanding of volunteering in an international development context.
  • Knowledge of the wider development context in which VSO operates in Africa and Asia-Pacific.
  • Experience of effective working with key stakeholders in the volunteering for development sector.
  • Experience of commissioning and managing research / evaluation
  • Experience of facilitating learning and knowledge management, including use of theories of change
  • Experience of advocacy and external representation at senior level
  • Experience of managing cross-functional teams
  • Ability to understand the complexity of different programme contexts and lead the development of systems to ensure quality, coherence and consistency across VSO.
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Able to work independently and prioritise own workload.
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills and ability to innovate.
  • Able to build consensus and resolve difference to achieve results.
  • Commitment to VSO’s work and values.

Desirable :

  • Experience of volunteering or managing volunteer programmes in an international development context.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description to read more details about the position and the skills and experience we’re looking for. To submit your application, click on ‘Apply now’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure you have the right to work in the UK before you apply.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

Application closing date

15 Mar 2015

Interview/Assessment date(s)

Week Commencing 23rd March 2015

Start date : As soon as possible

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