Special Needs Education Coordinator UK-aid at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

By | December 18, 2019
Type of role: Teaching and education
Location: Various Districts, Rwanda
Interview date: As soon as possible
Start date: TO BE ADVISED

VSO is the world’s leading international development organization 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 organizations 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 lifting 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.

Role overview

The Building Learning Foundations programme (BLF) is funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and aims to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in all of Rwanda’s government-supported primary schools. BLF seeks to recruit Special Needs Education Coordinators.

The SNECO will:

  • Mentor P1-P3 English and Mathematics teachers on the 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 the education of CWDs
  • Support sensitisation of communities and schools against stigmatisation of persons with disabilities
  • Train and mentor headteachers in regard to their roles in achieving effective inclusion of CWDs
  • Collaborate with SEOs on support for SGACs on holding headteachers to account for effective 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 prioritization 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 the implementation and impact of work.

Skills, qualifications and experience

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 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 mean 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 organization. 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 organizations, 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.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

The post Special Needs Education Coordinator UK-aid at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) appeared first on JobWebRwanda.