Decent Work / Job Quality Adviser Nigeria (National Professional Volunteer)

Decent Work / Job Quality Adviser Nigeria (National Professional Volunteer)

Job Overview

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Decent Work / Job Quality Adviser Nigeria (National Professional Volunteer)

Location: Nigeria
Type of role: Advocacy policy and research
Start date: 15th April, 2021.

Role Overview
Programme Information:

  • The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE), initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), aims to create decent work and make jobs more accessible for 200.000 youth (half of these for women) in the ministry’s priority focus countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa and the Horn of Africa.
  • The fund is open to Private sector and (I)NGO applications (or mixed consortia). VSO will strengthen the work of the selected Implementing Partners through strategic VSO volunteer engagements.
  • The aim of the Fund will be achieved by supporting youth employment initiatives in these regions. Initiatives will offer youth, particularly young women, opportunities for decent work that delivers better prospects for personal development, is productive, and offers a stable income, social protection and safe working conditions.
  • ILO’s Decent Work agenda is a guiding principle in all CFYE programmes: “Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives, and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.” Decent work will be defined and addressed as relevant for each project context. It may not always be a static assessment, but rather a process towards improvement across various specific areas such as working hours, productivity, income, better prospects, etc.

Expected Responsibilities (to be confirmed and refined)
As a Decent Work / Job quality Adviser you will:

  • Support implementing partners in developing and implementing strategies to improve the working conditions of young people in Uganda.
  • Advise on systems to monitor working conditions, work-processes, career pathways and job motivation, -satisfaction.
  • Monitor the use and results of the implementation of these systems and if necessary, provide further support and guidance on how they should be used.
  • Support the baseline assessments in company and action plan settings to improve the labor conditions.
  • You work together in a multidimensional project team with additional knowledge and skills.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor / Master’s degree in Sustainable Development, Employment Law, Behavioral and Social Science / Anthropology / HR / Business or another relevant field.
  • Knowledge of the landscape of rules, regulations and guidelines that set standards for working conditions, such as ILO conventions, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and national labour law.
  • Knowledge on gender equality and social inclusion, particularly in relation to the workplace.


  • Work experience (2+ years) in the field of labour rights, decent work, design and implementation of CSR policies, corporate accountability, business ethics, sustainable private sector development, social auditing, business advisory, employability management and / or job satisfaction or -motivation.
  • Experience working with private sector partners and a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience in working with monitoring and evaluation.


  • Familiarity with the concept of living wage / income

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:

  • Open-minded and respectful
  • Resilient and adaptive to new situations
  • Facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
  • Seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

  • VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
  • This is a generic role description. We expect more specific jobs to become available soon for a start between April 2021 and June 2021.It is possible that the focus and responsibilities of this specific job will be slightly different. If you are interested in this, or similar positions, please express your interest by clicking on the ‘make an application’ button below. In this way we can start managing a talent pool and be prepared for future roles. Additional advert text

Terms & Conditions
In- country National volunteers:

  • You will be sharing your skills with implementing partners and other stakeholders on a full-time basis. VSO covers your pre-placement preparation (training, medical and security clearance), arrange and covers your accommodation, medical insurance costs, work related expenses and a local living allowance.
  • Advertised duration: The duration of this placement will 6 months or possibly 12 months.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Interview Date
20th January, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Your application and COVID-19

  • We are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many local restrictions are being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing programme delivery.
  • We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.
  • We’re continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re able to.
  • If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.
  • You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.
  • Please note that this advert is for a role we are expecting to become available in the near future once we have secured funding for the project.

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