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Position: National Peace Building and DRR Advisor
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Volunteer
Place of Work: At project location - Ethiopia
Posted date: 6 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

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 coordinate collective action, from local organizations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peacebuilding, 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 at project location – In this role, you will provide on-site support in the project location and/or VSO office, (full-time unless otherwise specified) for a set period of time.

Provide technical expertise, capacity building and accompaniment on conflict sensitivity, peacebuilding, social cohesion, disaster risk management and inclusion.

Ideal Applicant Summary

The required Competencies and Behavior

  • Knowledge and understanding of peacebuilding, social inclusion, social accountability, disaster risk management and/or resilience.
  • Knowledge of conflict-sensitive approaches and Do No Harm principle.
  • Knowledge of conflict dynamics along the Kenya-Ethiopia border
  • Knowledge of peace architecture in Ethiopia
  • Experience of effective community development programming in a fragile or conflict-affected context.
  • Previous experience of working in peacebuilding, disaster management and resilience community development projects in fragile or conflict-affected contexts.
  • Experience of facilitating participatory, inclusive activities using a range of methodologies and techniques.
  • Experience of capacity building and enabling young people and primary actors to be active citizens

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
  • Excellent communication skills with a good command of spoken and written English, Oromo and or any other local languages in Moyale.
  • Community development techniques and skills
  • Ability to work in a team in a collaborative way
  • Ability to build effective working relationships, inspiring confidence and credibility with communities, partners and stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to support delivery project activities in collaboration with implementing partners and stakeholders
  • Data and system management; IT literacy (Microsoft, finance, project management software and preferably Salesforce system)
  • Able to work professionally with a high degree of confidentiality
  • Excellent coordination and planning skills with experience of working under pressure. Time management skills are essential

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 the country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your ongoing 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 global development organization. In 2021/22, more than 3 thousand people from all over the world volunteered with VSO to deliver services to over 8 million people in the 28 countries where we work. Our programs focus on health, education and livelihoods, emphasizing 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 organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 40% of our people are recruited from within the country where they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. 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.