Volunteer role: Training Advisor - Carpentry, Joinery and site Construction
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Volunteer role: Training Advisor - Carpentry, Joinery and site Construction


Volunteer role: Training Advisor - Carpentry, Joinery and site Construction

VSO International


Organization Overview

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

When you have a passion for sharing knowledge in teaching as well as carpentry in an international setting; this is your job. With your contribution, the level of education at the vocational training centre in Lindi can be brought to a higher level. You will work collaboratively with carpentry teachers within VETA (the Vocational Education and Training Authority) in Lindi with occasional travel to Mtwara, Dar es Salaam and Morogoro. The main purpose of your role is to improve teacher training techniques, standards of carpentry education and workshops to meet IVQ (International Vocational Qualification) standards. In addition, you will directly collaborate with one other VSO technical advisor and a vocational training adviser to ensure training in other workshops and 5 new short courses (introduced in 2018) meet IVQ standards. You will provide input to VETA management and VSO on how IVQ standards can be rolled out nationally.

Skills, qualifications, and experience

Qualifications (essential): 

  • Degree ajira and/or Advance Diploma in Vocational training or QTS certification or the equivalent with particular experience in carpentry and construction or building, drawing, and mathematics 
  • Experience of three or more years in teaching methodology from vocational training facility or related institution is highly recommended for this position 
  • Have at least two years of experience in the practical vocational training.
  • Experience in installing, repair and maintain carpentry systems and fixtures in residential, commercial, institutional, industrial or public buildings. 
  • Experience in reading blueprints, drawings, and specifications to determine the layout of carpentry systems.


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 the 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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  • Location: Lindi, Mtwara, Tanzania
  • Job Title: Volunteer role: Training Advisor - Carpentry, Joinery and site Construction
  • Application Deadline: 2019-08-31
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