Social Accountability, Gender & Inclusion Advisor- Experteering Opportunity
Team Member (Typically 6+ months)
You must be able to speak English.
When Can You Start?
You can start as soon as possible and stay for 12 months to 12 months
Description and Impact
Background and contextual information
The health status of the people of Sierra Leone is still among the worst in the world. Infant and maternal mortality rates remain among the highest in the world. According to the Sierra Leone demographic health survey 2013, life expectancy is 47 years, infant mortality rate is 92 per 1000 live births, under-five mortality rate is 156 per 1000 live births and maternal mortality ratio is 857 per 100 000 births. Fertility rates are high due to low contraceptive prevalence rates. The situation of adolescent health is also of great concern as early child bearing and teenage pregnancy is one of the more pervasive problem affecting the health, social, economic and political progress and empowerment of women and girls in Sierra Leone. One in every three teenage girls in Sierra Leone is pregnant – 34% of all pregnancies occurs amongst teen age girls ; 26% of women age 15-19 have already had a birth; 40% of maternal deaths occurs as a result of teen age pregnancy .
The Social Inclusion and Gender advisor will work with international, national volunteers and team in VSO to conduct Social Exclusion and Gender Assessment (SEGA). The advisor will also help the country office, CSO partners and local authorities to build their capacity in social inclusion and gender equality in order to improve sexual reproductive health services and education for young women and girls programming its implementation.
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Key Performance Indicators
- Social Exclusion and Gender Assessment (SEGA) analysis conducted and programme activities are aligned to address key recommendations from SEGA
- Increased access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health and services for adolescents and young people
- Created safe space for girls for open family conversations on life skills, girls education, and sexual reproductive health issues – promoting intergenerational relationship
- Improved access to quality SRH, Protection and Education services for adolescents /young people.
- Comprehensive age appropriate information and education for adolescents and young people disseminated.
- Adolescents & young people empowered to prevent/respond to teenage pregnancy Key process indicators:
- SEGA analysis Objectives will be confirmed in a three way discussion between the volunteer, employer and VSO in the first two months of the placement.
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This is a sponsored position from our partner VSO International, subject to its own application and selection process.
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All questions related to this project should be directed to VSO International at email@example.com. Although MovingWorlds does not oversee the application and selection process for this project, we make sure that all projects shared on our platform meet our rigorous standards for ethical, skills-based volunteering.
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Skills, experience and qualifications:
- Graduate in social science / development studies / social work with at least 5 years’ experience in programme design, implementation and monitoring related to social accountability.
- Good understanding of rights based approach, proven record in effective community engagement programme design.
- Good understanding of SDGs and its various reporting and monitoring mechanism. 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.
- Organisational experience: Knowledge of African context
- Experience in leadership and management,
This is a International Volunteer position
We Provide These Local Benefits
- Living Stipend
- Travel Stipend
- Learning Opportunity
- Good For Groups
- Good For Families
VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.
This is a International Volunteer position. Monthly Allowance and Daily Sustains Allowance when travel out of Duty Stations
All volunteers have an allowance paid in local currency. The allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home.
VSO will cover all your travel expenses
From VSO you’ll get something few other volunteering organisations offer. An opportunity of using your skills and experience to have a long-lasting impact on peoples' lives.
You'll do something very different. You'll bring inspiration, energy and vital practical skills to help secure better healthcare, more valuable education and broader opportunities for poor people in Africa and Asia.
- We provide comprehensive medical insurance and support for all volunteers.
- Each country office has an appointed medical adviser
- You'll also get a list of recommended doctors, clinics, dentists and pharmacies.
- The VSO country office provides emergency contacts and medical emergency procedures 24/7
- The VSO country office is always there to help with major personal, medical or security problems.
- Minimum of 3 weeks annual leave
- VSO constantly assesses security in each of the countries we work in to ensure that our volunteers come to no harm.
- At VSO we are committed to ensuring the experience of our organisation is one that is free from any form of abuse or exploitation.
- Everyone who comes into contact with any person associated with VSO should at all times feel respected and safeguarded.
Training during your placement
There's a detailed in-country induction by your local VSO country office when you arrive, which covers:
- Locally-important issues
- Medical and security procedures
- Language and cultural training
- Meeting other local volunteers
- Specific objectives of your placement