VSI is seeking an international EVS volunteer to join us in our Dublin office from October!

15 Aug 2018

VSI is seeking an international EVS volunteer to join us in our Dublin office! 

VSI EVS experience

We are seeking an EVS Placement Officer to start in October 2018, for up to a 9 month placement.

Role description below. All EVS rules apply (18-30 years old, must not be an Irish resident, must not have done an EVS for more than 2 months previously)

There is no funding for a visa so we can only accept applications from those volunteers who don't need a visa to live in Ireland.

Application deadline: 5th September 2018.

All applications only accepted via our application form - please send the completed form to mateja@vsi.ie.


VSI Placement Officer (EVS) Role Description 2018

Focus of the Placement Officer: International volunteer exchange and support


Overall purpose of the Placement Officer:  

To support the implementation of the VSI International Volunteer Projects (IVP) and Long-term Volunteering (LTV) programmes in cooperation with the programme Coordinators, committees and the  VSI CEO.

The EVS volunteer will be involved in volunteer recruitment, administration of volunteer placements, supporting volunteers during volunteer projects while abroad and in Ireland, supporting short-term volunteer projects and hosts in Ireland. The volunteer will support the preparation and evaluation of volunteers and projects. The volunteer will also support VSI staff and other volunteers on marketing and information giving, contributing to VSI’s social media presence and also in non-formal education on peace issues and development education.


During the EVS we expect the volunteer to acquire the following competencies:

- To gain knowledge, insight and experience of working with an international NGO and a national NGO in Ireland

- Skills in the area of ‘interculturalism’ and in areas that we work on including peace, equality, social inclusion and the environment

- Work/career skills including team-work, organisational and communication skills, skills in non-formal and informal education

- Personal skills (communication skills, autonomy, independence)

- Linguistic skills


Main Duties:

Supporting the Volunteer Programme Coordinator and Committees in running the International Volunteer Projects (IVP) programme:

 - Supporting the IVP/LTV teams in preparation, implementation and evaluation of the programmes and support of the volunteer members of the IVP/LTV Committees

- Processing incoming and outgoing volunteer applications (with the VSI Administrator) and supporting volunteers through all stages of their involvement with VSI (application, preparation, volunteering projects, evaluation, follow-up)

- Supporting host organisations and volunteers in Ireland pre, during and post projects, this involves visiting the projects around Ireland

- Supporting the IVP/LTV teams in peace education and raising awareness on peace issues through non-formal and informal education sessions

- Liaison with VSI’s international branches and partner organisations

- Publicity, this includes attending events, participating in promotional and publicity activities, representing VSI at volunteer fairs etc.

- Contributing to VSI’s social media

- Responding to enquiries to VSI (phone, email, social media, callers to office)



In cooperation with the staff team:

- Assisting with other VSI activities e.g. Annual General Meeting

- Assisting in office related duties with other staff members as appropriate, this includes answering general enquiries

- Attend staff and other meetings as appropriate



Training will be provided where appropriate, this might include international training opportunities and seminars.



The VSI Placement Officer is responsible to the VSI CEO with whom s/he will meet regularly. The EVS volunteer will write regular reports as agreed with the VSI CEO.  



Working hours: 35 hours per week

The volunteer will be based in the VSI office located in Dublin city centre, office hours are from 9.00am – 5.00pm. The volunteer will sometimes be required to work in the evenings and at weekends, time in lieu will be allocated to cover these hours.

Annual leave equivalent to 2 days per month of the EVS project plus national Irish holidays.