Volunteering Opportunities Mwanza and Shinyanga at VSO International Tanzania | Deadline: 18th May, 2020



Volunteer role: Interactive Theatre and Advocacy Adviser
Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Application Closing Date 18 May 2020
Interview date TBC
Start date
June 2020
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. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you 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 as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.


Interactive Theatre and Advocacy Adviser will create theatrical creative tool (interactive theatre, drama, to aware different groups including youth and community). She/ He will guide the development of creative stories/ drama from information collected by youth within their local communities; that focus on youth empowerment and equitable power relationships within the household, Community and local government authority. Theatre and Advocacy Adviser will also apply theatrical approaches to engage Local authorities and communities to support youth agenda and issues that will be raised within youth groups/clubs and through performances. Likewise He/she will work closely with youth, partners, and staff on ensuring youth friendly theatrical communication tools are developed and implemented.

Skills, qualifications and experience
Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience in youth advocacy using Interactive Theatre approach
• Capacity to design, organize and facilitate theatrical workshops/trainings

• BA or MA on Theater Arts/Performing Arts.
• Experience of 3-5 years in Theatre for Development Program/Projects
• All applicants must possess strong written and spoken English language skills. Applicants may be required to take a VSO language test as part of the selection process.
• Proven experience of working with youths from a wide range of backgrounds with proven ability to facilitate learning in a non-formal environment.
• Experience of working cross-culturally and able to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between cultures 

• Experience in planning agreed objectives and a track record of keeping deadlines and involving key individuals in the planning process.
• Commitment to team work, coaching, and mentoring others.
• Ability to handle problems and Good facilitation skills 

Desirable Criteria:
• Experience of 3-5 years in Theatre for Development Program/Projects.
• Experience in the NGO sector
• Understanding of development issues around Youth empowerment,
• Understanding socio-economic issues,
• Knowledge of issues which are common to communities in developing countries, possibly achieved through working within an NGO.

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.
This role is open for Nationals only of Tanzania.

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 C0V1D-I9

We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the C0V1D-I9 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 C0V1D-I9  statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the C0V1D-I9  pandemic here.

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

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.
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 (PDF).


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