Application closing date: 31 August 2018
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.
If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.