VSO targets senior managers for short-term, specialist assignments

International development charity VSO is searching for senior managers to carry out short-term specialist assignments in the world’s poorest countries.

The charity is looking for 300 senior and board level managers to volunteer for two weeks to six months as troubleshooters in the developing world.

Volunteers would be working in areas such as government departments, private business, local non-government organisation, co-operative, women’s group or youth project.

They could be mentoring and advising senior staff, developing new HR policies or financial systems, or completely reviewing how an organisation works and making recommendations for improvement.

Judith Brodie, director of VSO UK, said the move was a “significant step”.

“It enables us to offer our partner organisations overseas a more flexible and effective service,” she said.

“We are increasingly being asked for more senior volunteers who can provide high-level consultancy on distinct projects. We also recognise that professionals at this level may not be able to make a one- to two-year commitment,” she said.

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