Organizational Development Advisor (National Volunteer) – VSO

Type of role
Location Uganda
Application Closing Date
Interview date 10/12/2021
Start date 4/01/2022
Mode of delivery Working at project location

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 co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, 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.

To support the collaborating partners and CSO allies of Make Way programme with an aim to strengthening their broad organizational capacity to enable them to engage in meaningful lobby and advocacy practices

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Work together with the Make Way staff to strengthen our partners’ organizational capacity to ensure their ability to engage in meaningful lobby and advocacy activities for inclusive SRHR services & policies;
• Coach our partners in terms of organizational readiness;
• Ensure our partners’ organizational set-up is up to standards to mitigate any potential risk for VSO;
• Implement required organizational development as formulated in the partnership risk assessment action plan.
• Design and implement Organizational Design principles.
• Proven knowledge and experience the implementation of the organization design interventions including change management, performance management, talent, design and restructuring processes, etc.
• Direct the needs assessment for training and staff development to enhance the effectiveness of Organizational performance in achieving the goals and objectives of the Project.
• Design and develop Human Resource training programs for the collaborating partner organizations.
• Develop learning activities, audio-visual materials, instructor guides and lesson plans.
• Make assessments of effectiveness of training in terms of organizational accomplishments and performance.
• Train collaborating partner organizations on HR issues and practices and Presents course materials.
• Conducts needs assessments to determine measures required to enhance partner organizational performance
• Undertake a full organizational capacity assessment- including but not limited to:
o Strategic Direction and Planning
o Governance systems
o Organizational mission and vision
o Finance systems, including financial reporting to donors
o HR policies and procedures
o IT and knowledge management systems
o Sustainability planning
o Partnering strategies
o Proposal writing and official communication

Skills, Knowledge and Experience
Essential criteria:
• University degree in Human Resource/ Leadership/organizational psychology or related fields.
• Minimum 5 years’ experience/background in development including significant management experience.
• Experience in organizational behaviour analysis, development & management including financial management.
• Excellent strategic planning skills and knowledge.
• Proven people-management skills, including a practical knowledge of human resource planning.
• Good understanding of capacity building and training, and building of effective and efficient teams .
• Proven capacity building and sustaining working relationships.
• Experience working with limited resources within a challenging environment.
• Excellent communication (speaking and writing) skills.
• Proven experience and capacity facilitating positive change.
• Able to work well with a variety of individuals in a challenging cross-cultural setting.
• Understanding of socio-economic and legal context at hand;
• Experience in coaching and mentoring formal and informal CSOs.
• Experience in working with youth-led and/or women-led organization;

Desirable Criteria:
• Understanding of development issues and the NGO sector.
• An interest in and commitment to volunteering for development as an approach.
• Experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds & vulnerabilities.
• Good communication and report writing skills.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to maintain good working relationships.
• Curiosity and desire to learn and share knowledge.
• Fluency in written and verbal English.
• Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information and to deliver feedback with tact, discretion and sensitivity.
• Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative, flexibility and adaptability under pressure.

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

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 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.

Your application and COVID-19

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.

We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.

We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.

If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.

You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.


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