Volunteer managers

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 or Cambodia.

Example placement

Placement for: Organisation and programme management adviser

Country: Cambodia

Working with Youth Star Cambodia you'll help to strengthen the capacity of the organisation and ensure its continuing development as a leading and professional Cambodian non-governmental organisation.

What does the role involve?:

  • Supporting the director in providing quality leadership and management to the organisation
  • Advising on operational and strategic planning processes and reviews
  • Supporting the development of a post-volunteer programme
  • Providing training and mentoring to programme staff in areas such as volunteer and placement assessment, supervision and management
  • Support the implementation of an effective monitoring and evaluation system

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You'll need at least five years' experience of working as a manager in a voluntary organisation, ideally in a social or youth development context. Experience in staff management, operational and strategic planning as well developing monitoring and evaluation systems is essential. You'll beed excellent facilitation and communication skills and the ability to build relationships with a wide range of people, especially young people. Previous volunteering experience would be beneficial. Patience and flexibility and the willingness to learn the Khmer language are important, as it will help you to build strong relationships with  colleagues and understand Cambodian society and working culture.

And the rest...

Cambodia is a small country in Southeast Asia, bordered in the west by Thailand, in the east by Vietnam and in the north by Laos. Most of the country’s area is flat. You'll be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital where French style villas and street-style cafes perch along tree-lined boulevards with the occasional majestic Khmer building thrown in.

Cambodian cuisine is quite similar to that of Thailand with lots of curries and coconut milk, but not as spicy. Cambodia also produces some excellent coffee and French-style baguettes can be bought at most street corners. The Youth Star off ice is modern and comfortable with air-conditioning and Internet access.

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