Special Needs Education Coordinator Volunteer Job

Various Districts, Rwanda

VSO Rwanda (Rwanda)

About VSO
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.

Mode of Delivery overview

Role overview
• Mentor P1-P3 English and Mathematics teachers on identification of in-school CWDs
• Coordinate and support screening and assessment of in-school CWDs through engagement with school level and external stakeholders and organizations
• Mentor P1-P3 English and Mathematics teachers on effective teaching of CWDs
• Train and mentor one teacher per school to deepen their knowledge and skills of identification and teaching of CWDs
• Support one teacher per school to be able to provide support to other teachers in their schools in relation to identification and teaching of CWD
• Coordinate involvement of parents and other community stakeholders to support education of CWDs
• Support sensitisation of communities and schools against stigmatisation of persons with disabilities
• Train and mentor head teachers in regard to their roles in achieving effective inclusion of CWDs
• Collaborate with SEOs on support for SGACs on holding headteachers to account for effectively inclusion of CWDs
• Support collection and use of data on inclusion of CWDs at school, sector and district levels
• Support district and sector education officers with prioritisation of improving inclusion of CWDs in their performance management functions (eg planning, monitoring, evaluation)
• Coordinate with BLF field level staff and volunteers to deliver a coordinated programme of support to schools and communities
• Generate learning on their work to support scale-up of deployment of SNECOs by government.
• Report to both the District Director of Education and BLF District Engagement manager on implementation of activities
• Participate in monthly BLF review and planning meetings to evaluate implementation and impact of work.

Skills, qualifications and experience required
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.

How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

Application closing date
03 Feb 2019

Interview/Assessment date(s)
As soon as possible

Start date
1st March 2019

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