Communication and Social Media Officer
Position # 1220-169


Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants


Girls Empowerment Network


MALAWI , Blantyre


3 months


The expected start date and duration are flexible and subject to change. The departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Please note that we are currently recruiting for Summer 2019 assignments


February 5, 2019


Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 170 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:

The Girls' Empowerment Network Malawi (GENET Malawi) is a rights organization and a grassroots movement working to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable and marginalized girls in Malawi. The organization does this by empowering girls and young women to advocate for gender equality and justice. GENET aims to strengthen and amplify their voices by empowering them to be advocates for their own rights and to claim those rights from duty bearers.

The Communication and Social Media Officer will support GENET in developing and improving tools and strategies that will help to effectively communicate with its stakeholders on their girls empowerment initiatives


  • Work with GENET staff in developing and improving communication tools
  • Capture success stories on GENET projects for publication.
  • Support in developing communication materials such as newsletters, blog posts etc
  • Review the current social media strategy and propose changes based on evaluations of similar organizations.
  • Revamp the Facebook page i.e.developing content and changes to structure
  • Propose a strategy to be implemented in order to increase the followership of Facebook page
  • Develop training for staff on social media strategies and updating
  • Support periodic field visits for program implementation and monitoring
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and
  • Write reports required by GENET and the Uniterra program.


  • Pursuing a University degree in Communications or Information and Communication Technology, Social Science or any other relevant field
  • Work, academic, internship or volunteer experience in the area of report writing and/or publications.
  • Work, volunteer in using web tools or audio and documentaries, an added advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Written and oral fluency in English


  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!


  • Send us your Curriculum vitae, and a cover letter at the attention of Students Without Borders at


    This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may still be eligible to apply. Please contact for further information.

    To apply, send us your Curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, and two letters of reference to the attention of Students Without Borders at .

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    Successful candidates will be expected to make a financial contribution of $5000.00 to the Uniterra program. With this contribution being made, Uniterra will cover applicable costs, such as: flights, accommodations, a monthly living allowance, vaccinations, visas, and medical insurance coverage.

    If you are in an academic program that is partnered with Uniterra, the conditions of your application and financial contribution may differ. Please follow the instructions you've received from your academic program, or contact for further information.