Friday, June 17, 2011

Call for Application: PROGRAMME SUPERVISOR – Youth Xchange

Through the International Volunteer Exchange, the Global Xchange builds active global citizens, committed to working for positive change. Global Xchange is a partnership programme between, VSO the British Council and an implementing partner. This programme works with 18-25 year olds from the Nigeria and the UK giving young people the opportunity to live and work together in communities as volunteers on a six-month exchange, with 3 months in each country.

Based 3 months in Calabar, Cross River state in Nigeria and 3 months in the UK, we are primarily looking for someone with substantial experience of working with young people and people from different cultures, to start a 9-month contract in September 2011.

Volunteers will work in each of the communities; the work will be of practical value to the people in each community.  They will also develop values, which will help them play a positive role in their own societies and gain experience and skills which will enhance their future employability.

Each cross-cultural team of volunteers is supported by two Programme Supervisors, one from Nigeria and the UK. The Nigeria Programme Supervisor is responsible for developing the programme in the Nigeria host community (Calabar) and, with his/her UK counterpart, for facilitating the implementation of the 6-month programme in Nigeria and the UK.

The programme supervisor will be expected to live in the Nigeria host community (Calabar) for the planning and preparation phase and during the three months of the Nigeria part of the exchange.  Hours of work will be irregular and the Programme Supervisor will need to be available on call for volunteers and take a lead in providing support during the Nigeria phase of the programme.

It is important for applicants to realize that this is a very demanding role – and definitely not a typical 9-5 job!


1. Project development in the host community
  • Work with a community partner to design and implement the programme.
  • Identify support for the development of the core components of the programme
  • Maximise the impact of the programme for both the participants and the host community.
 2. Volunteer Support
  • Working with the host country counterpart to provide adequate support and supervision of volunteers throughout the programme.
  •  Promoting and encouraging appropriate behaviour
  • Ensuring safety and security standards procedures are met and understood.
3. Facilitation
  • Promoting learning amongst volunteers on global, cross-cultural and intercultural issues through the delivery of training and learning tools
  • Supporting youth led and on-placement training throughout the programme.
4. Relationship Management and Partnership Working
  • Work effectively and with host country programme supervisor and act as a representative of GX and partners at all times.
  •  Ensure that all programme partners and stakeholders are kept regularly informed about the progress of the in-country programmes, including any medical or health and safety issues.
5. Monitoring and evaluation
  • Ensure learning from the programme is captured from all volunteers and stakeholders
  • Record outcomes in accordance with overall purpose and objectives of the programme
6. Budget management
  • Managing budgets and undertaking accounting procedures.
  • Present monthly accounts to VSO accounts department.
  • Account for the programme development and implementation expenditure during the phase of the programme.

1. Working with Young People: Proven experience of working with and providing support to 18-25 year olds from a wide range of backgrounds with proven ability to facilitate learning in a non-formal environment.
2. Cross-Cultural Working: Direct and substantial experience of working cross-culturally and able to communicate to a range of audiences and promote sharing and learning between cultures
3. International Development: Knowledge of issues which are common to communities in developing countries, possibly achieved through working or living in a developing country. Should have experience of promoting learning about development issues
4. Communication: Possession of strong written communication skills needed for writing reports, publicity materials and corresponding with a wide-range of community members.
5. Supervision: Significant experience of working in a supervisory role. Possess the proven ability to promote self-awareness, learning and development among individuals.
6. Planning and Organising: Able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed objectives within deadlines, involving key individuals in the planning process
7. Volunteering: Sufficient experience of working with volunteers to understand the key factors which make volunteer placements viable, effective and rewarding.
1.              University degree in Social Science or related disciplines.
2.              Have a background in community development and experience working at the community level.
3.              Ability to fully engage with young people, support and supervise those who work with them.
4.              As part of this exciting and dynamic team you will be helping to make a real difference to young people and communities around the world.
5.              Minimum of 3 years experience working in an NGO and community level programs.

Experience must reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above

Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed CV and a personal statement of how your experience fit with the qualification through email to

All applications must be received not later than 12pm, 24th June of 2011.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted on 30th of June 2011 for interview.

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