Resilience Expert - Pakistan

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Islambad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, IT and ICTProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st August, 2018

Job Description

VSO is the world's leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It's a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

The purpose of this role is to strengthen understanding of the concept of resilience across VSO Pakistan programme areas through participated action planning which will be the basis of resilient programming approaches. You will conduct a national/ district level risk analysis and work with national volunteers and partners to undertake participatory risk analysis to community level to complement the macro-risk information.

Skills, qualifications and experience

  • Bachelors or Master's degree in research, social science or business studies, with proven affinity of social awareness.
  • Experience with reviewing current development programmes and identifying areas for improvement;
  • Experience working in fragile context with expertise of different approaches as (DRR/CBDRM, Conflict transformation, Peace-Building etc)
  • Several years of experience in conducting large survey / fieldwork (data collection, validation, entry and analysis), leading field staff teams implementing surveys in the field;
  • Strong affinity with and preferably expertise in resilience issues in developing countries;
  • Ability to communicate with different stakeholders on different levels within organisations
  • Knowledge on resilience and risk management in developing countries is required as a core skill;
  • Know-how of participatory assessment / development approaches is required;
  • General software knowledge (e.g. Microsoft Office), and knowledge of statistical packages such as Excel, SPSS or STATA.


Previous experience of living or working in Pakistan or South Asia


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.


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