Communications and Advocacy Advisor
Position # 1226-093

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

LOCATION:

GHANA , Tema

DURATION:

7 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:

Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

OVERVIEW:

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 200 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: Uniterra.ca.

PARTNER DESCRIPTION:

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) is a national body created to coordinate and oversee technical and vocational education and training in Ghana. COTVET formulates policies for skills development across the spectrum of pre-tertiary and tertiary education, formal, informal and non-formal sectors. It is also establishing Ghana's Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the skilled workforce and raise the income generating capacities of people, especially women and low income groups, through the provision of quality, demand-driven and competency-based training programs and complementary services.

The Communications Advisor will guide the development of a strategic communication plan and build the capacity of partners in capturing and communicating their achievements, as well as building a knowledge base for their advocacy efforts.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and coordinate communication and advocacy plan development for the Uniterra program in Ghana and COTVET;
  • Liaise with volunteers and partners to conduct communication needs assessments;
  • Develop accessible tools for capturing the progress of work done by Uniterra partners;
  • Support COTVET to develop content for their communication and advocacy plans;
  • Capture and document stories from program subsectors, partners and volunteers;
  • Develop a factsheet for the Uniterra program in Ghana and COTVET;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Produce reports required by COTVET and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree and/or formal training in communications, public relations or a related discipline
  • Experience with and knowledge of institutional-level strategic communications
  • Experience in the use of information technology and websites development
  • Experience in participatory training methodologies
  • Demonstrated interest in networking and relationship building
  • Interest in and understanding of gender equality and youth inclusion principles
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:

  • 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!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

TO APPLY:

  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.