Do you have you experience working for community organisations in Ireland and want to expand on your skills overseas? If so, VSO Ireland wants to hear from you!

Where you'll be located

Karamoja is one of the poorest and least developed regions in Uganda. Many children are not able to go to school – in one district, only 6.4% of girls finish primary education at all. Our upcoming inclusive education programme aims to change that. We’re looking for experienced community development volunteers to share their skills with local professionals and help more marginalised children get the education they deserve.

What you'll be doing

These volunteers, who will be placed in both Kotido and Moroto districts, will collaborate with the Community Development Office to ensure that local communities have a voice on education services and more marginalised children are able to go to school. This will include promoting community dialogue about inclusive education and resolving conflicts, particularly in relation to girls’ education. They will work closely with other VSO volunteers, as well as community based organisations, members of School Management Committees and Parent Teacher Associations. 

Typical tasks will include: 

  • Facilitating community consultations to ensure that community voice on marginalised children is heard.
  • Implementing and monitoring an agreed community development operational plan.
  • Ensuring community mobilisation and education promotion is conducted at sub-country and school level- Strengthening local council and village support systems to resolve conflict situations for marginalised children
  • Strengthening the capacity of local CBOs and sub-country offices to promote inclusive practices
  • Planing and organising outreach support services to girls and boys in the community.

What skills you need

Our Community Development Specialist roles are ideal if you have a degree in social sciences, social work, community development, gender or special education and at least five years’ experience in community development. You should be able to interact easily with people from diverse rural groups and be able to work effectively with minimum supervision.

How VSO supports you

The successful applicants will receive pre-departure and in-country training to ensure they develop the soft skills required to thrive in their new working environment. Costs, including flights and accommodation, are covered and a monthly volunteer allowance is also provided.

You can find a detailed job description and make an application here here:

If you would like to discuss the role further or find out more, please contact Annette O'Sullivan on or call 01 640 1073 now! 

Position to commence in August 2017.