Lead Technical Adviser – Rural Livelihoods at Voluntary Service Overseas 

Lead Technical Adviser – Rural Livelihoods at Voluntary Service Overseas

Lead Technical Adviser – Rural Livelihoods at Voluntary Service Overseas. As a matter of fact, Voluntary Service Overseas (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. 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Lead Technical Adviser – Rural Livelihoods

Location: VSO Office Abuja, Nigeria or Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Based within the Knowledge for Impact Team as well as the Resilient Livelihoods Core Programme Area Team

Contract type: Permanent

Full Time: 35 hours per week

Start date: ASAP

Role Purpose

  • You will provide technical leadership in resilient livelihoods to a globally dispersed team of staff and volunteers to identify, test, and document new and promising practices across VSO’s Rural Livelihoods programmes, specifically in Nigeria, but also in Cambodia and other countries in Africa and Asia that have Resilient Rural Livelihoods programme activities.

  • The overall aim of the position is to support improvement in the quality and impact of VSO’s Resilient Rural Livelihoods programmes globally to enable VSO to document, replicate and expand effective approaches, with the aim of helping more of the world’s poor and marginalized people to achieve their livelihood aspirations.

Skill Required


  • Master’s in Development Studies, Agriculture or other relevant qualification, or equivalent experience.

  • Extensive experience and knowledge of innovations in assets and capabilities enhancement in rural livelihoods programming, especially on-farm and off-farm; enterprise development; market-led approaches.

  • Proven experience of securing external funding and grants, including proposal development. Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and contract management and the implications for programme management.

  • Proven experience in financial management, including building a budget, monitoring and managing expenditure. Experience of having compiled financial reports.

  • Also, Excellent understanding and demonstrated experience of project cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and M&E tools and processes.

  • Also, Experience of compiling donor reports.

  • Leadership and people management skills; including handling complex situations to an effective conclusion; experience of developing, coaching and managing high performing teams.

  • Also, Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative, flexibility.

  • Also, Strong representation and negotiation skills; ability to negotiate and maintain relations with external stakeholders.

  • Oral and written fluency in English, with ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.

  • Able to travel, including work away from the home base for up to 30% of time, both within the country and occasionally internationally with some weekend and evening work.

  • Excellent coordination and planning skills with experience of working under pressure. Time management skills.


  • Practical experience gained within a volunteering NGO context and of managing a volunteer programme.

  • Evidence of ability to provide effective support to international and national volunteers.

  • Also, Experience and knowledge of the country and region.

  • Finally, Experience of working in a matrix organization with multiple reporting lines across different locations.


Application Closing Date
27th June, 2019

Interview Date


How to Apply
Furthermore, Interested and qualified candidates should:
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