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Decent work advisor – VSO International

Type of role Community and social work
Location Uganda
Application Closing Date
Interview date 25/6/2021
Start date 1/7/2021
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.

Work closely with each of the 7 Challenge Fund implementing partners and the CFYE team to: Act as in-country thematic advisor on Decent work, counterpart to the Decent work Thematic lead, based in the CFYE team. Carry out an in-depth MEL baseline research for each of the 7 proposed projects, focusing on Decent work, ensuring that progress and deliverables can be tracked throughout the project’s life cycle. Assess the Implementing partner’s capability and capacity to implement their intended Decent work strategies and advise on the need for additional technical assistance needs to be provided by the CFYE consortium. Provide technical support to the implementing partners on Decent work strategies and implementation according to agreed TA plan. Provide technical support in the design and carry out of Decent work analysis, drafting recommendations, interventions and action plans – as needed. Provide technical support in the design and carry-out of Decent work sensitization and Decent work-targeted trainings – at the organizational, community and/or household level(s), as needed

Skills, qualifications and experience

Working alongside the Decent work Thematic lead and VSO Project Coordinator:
· act as Decent Work technical advisor for IPs, the wider CFYE team, other VSO volunteers and stakeholders
· ensure that all IPs and their CFYE projects comply to principles on Decent work and quality of jobs, according to ILO’s Decent work agenda both in the formal and informal sector
· ensure that VSO Uganda’s experience in applying Decent work principles when managing youth (led) programmes is embedded in CFYE’s Decent work approaches
· ensure the guiding Decent work principles and approaches developed by the CFYE Decent work team are embedded and applied to the 7 Uganda IPs
· (Assist in the) development, on-site testing and refining of Decent work framework, strategy, work plans, appropriate tools, manuals (eg IP manual, volunteer toolbox manual) and ensure integration with MEL, TA and other thematic areas

Decent work advisory
• Work alongside the CFYE Portfolio manager, VSO Uganda Project Coordinator and other volunteers to deliver advice on decent work to implementing partner (IPs).
• Conduct face-to-face visits to implementing partners and key stakeholders.
• Agree on working arrangements: roles, responsibilities, objectives and activities, activity planning, communication, reporting etc.
• Take an active role in more general and thematic activities, e.g. thematic webinars for IPs, volunteers, being the in-country counterpart to CFYE’s Decent Work Impact Lead.

Living income / wage benchmarks
In close cooperation with Portfolio manager, CFYE MEL team and decent work experts:
• Assist a third-party consultancy firm in conducting living income / wage benchmarks in different areas of Uganda, using a tool developed for CFYE.
• Work with IPs to develop decent work action plans.
• Provide feedback to CFYE teams on the use of MEL assessment tools and methodology

Technical assistance (TA) and advice
• Advise on appropriate ways to deliver TA focused on decent work to IPs.
• If needed, conduct in-depth decent work assessments.
• Contribute to the development of overall and partner specific TA plans and M&E tools for TA interventions and refinements and adjustments of TA plans during project life cycle
• Advise on Scope of Work / job descriptions for TA interventions, information packs for VSO volunteers and consultants taking up TA assignments.

Essential selection criteria:
• 5+ years experience in Decent work related programming in livelihoods/youth employment with a gender focus, including significant experience working with(in) the corporate sector
• Experience Decent work strategy/programme design, labour laws, implementation and MEL
• Sound experience in advising, coaching others, training (both at the organizational and community levels)
• Strong experience working in multi stakeholder partnerships, developing and expanding partnerships, effective relationship management

• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field
• Experience of volunteering

• Good knowledge of the social protection situation and policy discourse in Uganda, institutional set up of Uganda Social Protection institutions and the relevant stakeholders.
• Solid Experience in accompanying of change process and capacity building
• Excellent knowledge of Social Protection provision system at national and at operational levels
• Previous experience (work or consultancy) with trade unions, the ILO and other organizations active in decent work and/or social protection an asset
• Experience in capacity building for organisations

• Experience in the informal work Sector, NGOs relating to Social Protection and decent work;
• Strong knowledge of Decent Work and Social Protection

Desired selection criteria:
• experience in promoting Decent Work in Uganda
• Knowledge of the Decent work situation and policy discourse in Uganda, institutional set up of Uganda Social Protection institutions and the relevant stakeholders

Competencies and Behavior

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.

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