Social workers and social managers

We’re looking for experienced social workers to train and provide advice to service providers working in disability, mental health or HIV and AIDS.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll need a degree in social science, as well as at least three years' work experience (five years' for short-term roles) and excellent project management, training and communication skills.

What you’ll be doing

Social services in the developing world are extremely stretched and often inaccessible to the most vulnerable people. By strengthening the capacity of community- and government-sponsored programmes or NGOs working in this field, you can help to extend these services to the people who need them the most.

You could be working in countries such as India, Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi and Sri Lanka.

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Creating opportunities for people living with mental illness in Sri Lanka

Chandani making string hoppers (Sri Lanka - Health)

VSO has supported the development of the mental health sector over the last 15 years, helping to create more clinics and rehabilitation centres as well as establishing training programmes to raise standards of mental healthcare. An estimated 2.5 million Sri Lankans have been reached by the efforts of VSO volunteers during this time. Chandani's experience illustrates how VSO's intervention has helped transform one woman's potentially bleak future into a much brighter one.



Where does VSO work?

VSO currently works in over 30 countries in Africa and Asia.