Volunteer managers

VSO understands the benefits of people volunteering within their own country, as well as the benefits of international volunteering. Right now we’re looking for experienced volunteer managers to develop effective national strategies for volunteer programmes.

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 have at least two years’ experience of volunteer management, systems and techniques (five years’ for short-term placements). You'll also need programme and project management experience, as you’ll be supporting your organisation in managing a new volunteer programme. You’re likely to work in a cross-cultural team with multiple stakeholders, so strong planning, organisational and communication skills are essential.

What you’ll be doing

You'll provide training on volunteer management systems and support volunteers to ensure their skills are put to full use. You could be working in countries like India, Nigeria and Vanuatu.

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Volunteer centre development adviser

The 2003 Human Development Report described China's recent development as 'the fastest sustained economic advance in human history'. As as result a large number of people have been lifted out of poverty, but around 200 million still live on less that US$1 a day.

VSO is supporting the development of the voluntary sector in China to encourage professionals to share their skills and expertise with poorer communities in their country. The Huizeren Social Services Centre promotes sustainable development of volunteering in China through capacity-building of volunteer involving organisations (VIOs). The organisation is setting up a volunteer centre and is looking for an experienced volunteer manager to provide support and advice for the development and management of the centre.

What you'll be doing

  • Facilitating the strategic planning process for the volunteer centre
  • Setting up management systems and procedures
  • Providing support to strategic partners and VIOs on aspects relating to volunteer programme development and management as required
  • Developing partnerships and networks with national and international VIOs to share learning
  • Supporting fundraising initiatives to ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation

What you'll need

You'll have a degree-level qualification and substantial experience in developing and managing volunteer centres, including strategic planning, partnerships and programme development and setting up management systems. Some experience in training or mentoring others would also be beneficial. You'll need to be open-minded, patient and flexible and enjoy working and living in a different culture.

And the rest...

China is a vast country with the world’s biggest population. It’s also hugely diverse, with the shop-till-you-drop metropolises in the east, the desert landscapes of Xinjiang in the west and lofty mountains ans sub-tropical climate in Sichuan Province. You'll be based in China's capital in Beijing with a population of just under 15 million.

Beijing is one of the six ancient cities of China and has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history, so there’s plenty to see in your free time. The Great Wall is also nearby and make for a nice walk on the weekends! You’ll live in a flat with reliable electricity and water supply as well as good heating in the winter.

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Bola Ojo, education manager, Rwanda

Bola Ojo (Rwanda - Education)

Giving something back to the community has been a life long passion for education manager Bola Ojo. Taking early retirement and volunteering with VSO International meant she could continue to contribute to the community – but this time internationally. She opted for a 12-week volunteer placement in Rwanda. At the same time as sharing valuable teaching and management skills that will help to improve standards in 126 local schools, she helped lay the foundations for a long-term volunteer to take her crucial work even further.



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