Background & Description

About VSO

VSO is the world’s leading international development organization 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 organizations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they 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 and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty. For more details, please visit www.vsointernational.org

Role overview

To lead as a focal person in the implementation of WEE Project

The position is under the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Project, this is 5 years USAID funded project to “to promote women’s social and economic empowerment through safe and dignified access to livelihoods opportunities, information, resources and services in KP Province including Newly Merged Districts”. Targeted districts; South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Kurram (Newly Merged Districts) and settled districts; Peshawar and Bannu of KP.

The initial contract is for 1 year (Renewable based on performance).

Requirements and Skills

Education: Education to a Master’s degree level preferably in social sciences and other related fields Exposure and experience to development programs link to economic empowerment   

Experience: 

  • At least 10 years’ experience in development sector Program design, planning, capacity building and networking
  • Experience of working in a leadership position within a team structure
  • Working experience of USAID funded projects is preferable
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Proven programme & project cycle management skills - proposal and report writing skills; monitoring and evaluation skills and experience
  • Sound experience of leading the implementation of projects
  • Excellent team-working and cross-team working skills, including the ability to negotiate and influence
  • Project management skills and facilitation; experience delivering projects against time, quality and resource targets.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience of volunteering or working on international development projects

Financial and Risk Management – Sound knowledge of financial and risk management skills

Information Technology - Good level of computer skills (Windows, Excel, Power Point, Word, Outlook, Internet), and Applicants Tracking Systems (APS)

Travel requirement: Able to travel in country and internationally occasionally and spend time away from work- base location and home.

Commitment to VSO’s mission, values, People First principles and core approaches (Social Inclusion and Gender, Social Accountability, and Resilience).

VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy.

Desirable:

Program management experience.

Experience gained within a volunteering/Non- Governmental Organization context.

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

Right to work in Pakistan is required and we are unable to obtain a visa and work permit for a non-Pakistan applicant.

Equal Opportunities 

 VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce. Qualified and experienced females are highly encouraged to apply. VSO also provides medical coverage for dependants, and flexible working options.

VSO reserves the right to close this opportunity early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the job description and apply by using the following link:

https://www.vsointernational.org/about/careers/team-lead-wee-project-a0m3z00000dxqx1aah

 

About Organization

Voluntary Service Overseas, VSO was set up in the UK in 1958. Today we work to improve education, health, livelihoods, gender and social inclusion and resilience in 24 countries across the globe. VSO believes that people are the primary agents of change. Volunteers, giving their professional expertise, serve marginalized communities in more than 20 countries across the world. They share their skills with carefully selected partner organisations: learning their assets, strengths and needs, developing solutions and supporting national volunteers to lead the change.

VSO Pakistan was established in 1987 with the support of the British Council and in 1991 started working independently. Four years later VSO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Pakistan, which was renewed in 2016 with MoI and EAD as per new INGO regulations enforced by the Government of Pakistan.

In Pakistan, VSO has engaged the skills and expertise of over 500 international volunteers and over 100 national volunteers, primarily to support initiatives in education, participation and governance, youth social cohesion and peace, health, resilience building, HIV and AIDS, and women empowerment. These experts in their fields have been placed with a diverse range of over 70 partner organisations across Pakistan.

Currently, VSO Pakistan envisions to present itself through its initiative as an organization which is able to reach the most marginalized primary actors for bringing a meaningful change in their lives through youth engagement, promoting social cohesion, women empowerment, secure livelihoods, resilience/disaster risk management and inclusive education programmes. Enabling us to promote gender equality a culture of inclusion, youth employment and enterprise, enhance voice and accountability and develop community resilience.