Communications Advisor
Position # 1229-089


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


Centre for Women's Research


SRI LANKA , Colombo, Sri Lanka


Flexible duration


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.


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


CENWOR is a non government organisation established in 1984. Since its inception CENWOR has been engaged in conducting policy-oriented research and action research, training, information dissemination, advocacy, sensitisation for change. It works with state agencies, multilateral and bilateral agencies, local and international non governmental organizations and civil society organisations, and the private sector to achieve its objectives and the vision of empowering women to achieve gender equity. CENWOR’s focus areas are: poverty, employment, law reform, women’s rights, gender- based violence, education and skills development, and the use of information and communication technology for women’s empowerment. CENWOR has several flagships programs. One is the bi-annual women’s studies that is now in its 17th year.


  • The Volunteer will function as the Communication Advisor and will be responsible to the Board of Directors through the Working committee of CENWOR.
  • Develop project proposals and seek funding support;
  • Develop a communications strategy for CENWOR;
  • Coordinate the next National Convention on Women’s Studies;
  • Develop marketing products using a variety of media;
  • Support ongoing research on gender-based violence in the workplace;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth in all program activities; and
  • Write reports requested by CENWOR and the Uniterra Program.


  • Degree in social sciences with a specialization in communication or marketing
  • 1-2 years’ experience in a NGO or development sector
  • Experience in development of proposals
  • Experience in using social media
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills


  • 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!


  • 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.


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