Disability National Survey Adviser/ Statistician

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Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity with a vision for a "world without poverty" and a mission to "bring people together to fight poverty". VSO recruits professionals to work as volunteers, living and working alongside local populations in developing countries. VSO was founded in 1958, and currently works in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

VSO started work in Rwanda in 1998 at the invitation of the Government of Rwanda and it focuses on programmes in Education, disability and youth/national volunteering. VSO Rwanda's work revolves around six development goals including, Secure livelihood, HIV/AIDS reduction, Education, Participation and Governance, Health and Disability

Volunteer role: Disability National Survey Adviser/ Statistician

Location: Yangon/Naypyitaw, Myanmar
Partner organisation: Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettleme
Application Closing Date: 31 Aug 2018
Interview date: TBD
Start date: ASAP

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

This volunteer placement is part of the VSO partnership with the Department of Social Welfare (DSW). The Volunteer will be based in the department of Social Welfare working with the Rehabilitation Division.
The Research Advisor is to provide technical support and build capacity of the Division to undertake research, national survey, and statistician aspect in areas of disability, drugs and human trafficking. 
The Research Advisor will work with the Research Division to establish and/or refine government research design and programme, enhance the quality of research and data analysis, and ensure that research in areas of disability, drugs and human trafficking informs priority policy and programming Agenda.

Skills, qualifications and experience


  • Strong background in research development, implementation, and analysis to inform decision-making (in particular policy development) to promote social development and social welfare. 
  • Technical expertise in all aspects of research design, including large-scale nationwide surveys.
  • Experienced in a range of qualitative and quantitative research approaches (especially participatory methods).
  • Knowledge and experience of the rehabilitation and disability sectors.
  • Excellent skills in using research findings to help support decision-making.
  • Good strategic planning skills for design and delivery of research programmes. 
  • Able to explain complex concepts and methods to people with a range of experience. 
  • Ability to train and coach others. 
  • Able to work with limited resources.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Committed to social inclusion and gender equality. 


  • Experience in Statistical work
  • Experience of working in Myanmar and/or SE Asia.
  • Experience of working in government 
  • Understanding of development issues


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

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