Volunteer role: Researcher – National Volunteer

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Type of role Community and social work
Location Malawi
Application Closing Date 04 Jan 2022
Interview date tbc
Start date ASAP
Mode of delivery Working from home and at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

Working from home and at project location – ?In this role, you will spend some time providing part-time remote support (e.g. from your home) to VSO projects or partners, and also?a set period working full-time in the project?location and/or VSO office.

An exciting opportunity to help our Knowledge Evidence and Learning team undertake a study on ‘Measuring Impact for Learning and Empowerment (MILE) experience in VSO programmes in Malawi. In this role, you will work closely with VSO Malawi M&E lead, Global M&E lead, country implementation teams (projects and grants) and Lead Researcher (volunteer). You will support in finalising the data collection tools and apply them in collecting data from individuals and group in VSO Malawi programmes. You will also support in the data analysis and draft the report. This role will mainly be carried out through remote working and engaging through internet and appropriate technology, there may also be occasions where you may have to collect data through face to face interaction with primary actors. We envisage a time commitment of between 14 – 18 hours per week for 2 months.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
• Relevant degree in social science/development studies or related subject.
• Familiarity/experience of working on participatory M&E in the development context
• Experience in participatory research, data collection skills, understanding and use of evaluation methods in international development programmes.
• Good skills and familiarity in web-based applications necessary for producing reports in narrative, tabular, graphic and visual formats.
• Excellent command in written and spoken English and local language(s).
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work in a team
* Respect and commitment to volunteering for development as VSO’s core development methodology.

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.


VSO will provide a stipend to cover all related expenses incurred while performing the activities e.g. communications, transport and lunch.

Your application and COVID-19

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic  here .

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please  download the job description  for more information.

Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

To apply for this job please visit www.vsointernational.org .

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