Business manager

We're currently looking for experienced management professionals to work with organisations in poor communities.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years.

For most roles, you’ll need at least four years' senior management experience, as well as a relevant degree.  Our partners are looking for people with skills and experience in areas like partnership development and networking, change management, people management, strategic planning, organisational development, financial management and stakeholder engagement.

Additional experience in areas like fundraising, advocacy, governance, monitoring and evaluation, or coaching and training others is highly desirable, as is the ability to speak French. Experience of working with small non-governmental organisations, or grass-roots organisations with limited resources would also be advantageous.

What you'll be doing

Placements vary according to our partners’ requirements. You could be helping community organisations become stronger and more effective. You might work with local governments, helping them set up systems to serve their populations better. Or you could be advising small businesses to become more productive and sustainable.

You could be working in countries such as Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria or Sierra Leone.

  • Example role

Please note this is just an example placement to illustrate the kind of roles that may come up in your skill area. To view our live roles, click ‘Get started’ below.

Management adviser

Bangladesh has a rapidly rising population of over 140 million, half of whom live below the poverty line. The provision of basic rights such as education and health are often limited, especially for the minority indigenous population.

Moanoghar is an orphanage established in 1974 by a group of Buddhist monks to provide shelter, education and primary healthcare for indigenous orphans and destitute children in the Chittagong Hill area. The organisation undertakes programmes to create education and employment opportunities. As a volunteer at Moanoghar, you’ll improve the management capacity of the organisation and help it meet its objectives more effectively.

What you'll be doing

  • Providing on-the-job management training and mentoring to Moanoghar’s management committee
  • Developing a long-term organisational strategy for Moahnoghar together with the management committee
  • Developing appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems for the organisation’s programmes
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other organisations and potential donors

What you'll need

You’ll need a degree-level qualification as well a minimum of four years' experience in a mid-to-senior level management role. You’re management skills and experience need to be broad and include organisational strategy, HR, financial planning and monitoring and evaluation. Cultural sensitivity, patience and a good sense of humour are important qualities in all VSO volunteers as these should help you to work well with limited resources and adapt to live and work in a different culture. Good interpersonal and team working skills are also essential as you’ll need to build strong relationships with your colleagues and a variety of stakeholders.

And the rest...

Bangladesh is a lively, friendly and hospitable country, teeming with people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and religions. The lives of many people are dominated by the rivers that flow through the country on their way from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. Rangapani is a small town in the Chittagong Hills in south-east Bangladesh with good basic facilities like a bank and two big market places for groceries and other basic goods. Fresh fruit and vegetables are cheap and plentiful.

We’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our support package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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How do VSO placements work?

We place professional and skilled volunteers with local partner organisations, from grassroots groups to government ministries, to build their capacity and ability.