Work Readiness Advisor - Career Counselling


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VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.


Role overview

Assess the needs and build the technical (and operational) capacity of instructors (and staff) and the overall organisation within the vocational training institute so they can deliver quality, market relevant, entrepreneurial and work readiness skills training and services; so the local population have increased preparedness for employment in the oil and gas and related sectors.


Skills, qualifications and experience


  • A degree relevant field
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience in supporting people to develop soft skills (customer care; time management; communication; teamwork; planning and organisation; problem-solving; conflict management; workplace attitudes)
  • Experience of coaching people to develop CVs; interview skills; 
  • Experience in delivering welfare to work programmes or equivalent
  • Proven coaching and mentoring skills 
  • Experience of working with/training low capacity teams
  • Effective communications skills (including IT skills and report writing)



  • Experience of coaching people financial literacy
  • Experience of Health Safety Security and Environment training
  • Experience within vocational training organisations especially those offering C&G and/or NVQ
  • Experience of conducting and rolling out organisational capacity assessments
  • Experience of Preparation for work
  • Experience of delivering Training of Trainers 
  • Experience of working with/training low capacity teams/grass root organisations 
  • Prior experience of working in developing countries (in Africa, in an NGO
  • Motorbike experience or willingness to learn


Allowance and accommodation

All volunteers have an allowance paid in local currency. The allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home.

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic but meet VSOs standards for security and facilities




Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)


Outside Nigeria


NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years