Communications Advisor
Position # 1228-189

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Education for Development

LOCATION:

TANZANIA; UNITED REPUBLIC OF , Zanzibar

DURATION:

Flexible duration

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:

Education for Development enables access to quality education services for children, youth, and adults. Through education and training, Education for Development allows participants to acquire personal and professional knowledge and skills in order for them to achieve their dreams, and contribute to the social, cultural, and economic growth of Zanzibar.

The Communications Advisor will support the development and implementation of communications tools to be used in documenting and sharing best practices in the area of marine conservation.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Liaise with the program and communication teams to implement new communications tools;
  • Provide hands-on support to the field team, broadcasters, and project officers in effective utilization of interactive communication tools;
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative digital platforms within the organization to increase interactivity and access to information for the public;
  • Assist in the mapping of coastal area environmental conservation activities to determine scaling up opportunities and possibilities;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities and all program benefits;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Write reports required by the partner organization and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree and/or training in communications, international development, social sciences, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in web communications and developing communications strategies
  • Experience with geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Proven and demonstrated ability to develop fresh approaches and innovations
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • Written and oral fluency in English

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.