Youth Development Facilitator

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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

Youth Development Facilitator

About VSO

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

Development of Networks with Youth and Youth Organisations 
• Organise youth outreach activities in different contexts including: youth enterprises, youth sport and entertainment, and other avenues that bring youth together. 
• Participate in youth activities organised by stakeholders including youth organisations, government and private sector partners. 
• Support the Youth Advisor to identify and reach out to different organisations that are involved in youth development. 
• Identify and engage youth clubs in higher learning institutions 

Planning, Facilitating and Organising Meetings/workshops 
• Organise logistics for meetings/workshops to generate ideas for youth development interventions. 
• Support the Youth Advisor to plan, organize and conduct internal and external consultative and validation meetings for the youth programme. 
• Support the youth advisor to plan workshops, identify participants and develop relevant content. 
• Facilitation during youth meetings/events/workshops 

Research/Data Collection 
• Gather information from primary actors in rural and urban areas on youth issues/challenges. 
• Collect and review secondary information on youth development plans, strategies and other relevant reports 
• Prepare brief reports on micro-contexts for youth livelihoods in different rural and urban contexts of Rwanda. 
• Provide insights or recommendations for interventions to support youth in accessing employment or starting their own business 

• Prepare progress reports on youth outreach activities and update the youth advisor

Skills, qualifications and experience required

Successful candidates will be a Rwandan and would have the following skills, knowledge and experience: 

• Young persons with Bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma in social sciences, management, business, economics or other related courses 
• Dynamic diploma holders with ambition, youth engagement skills, and exposure are eligible 
• Leadership experience in the community or in School or other setting 
• Meeting facilitation skills 
• Familiar with Youth programmes and initiatives in Rwanda 
• A good level of spoken and written English 
• Ability to use MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint 

• A good network with youth organisations in Rwanda 
• Previous experience or current involvement in youth sport and entertainment clubs or organisations 
• Previous or current involvement in volunteering work in the community 
• Experience in facilitating meetings and group discussions. 
• Experience in Youth Mobilisation and Training. 

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 

Equal Opportunities 

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.



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.

How to apply

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25 Apr 2019

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