Communications Officer
Position # 1220-171

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Uniterra Malawi

LOCATION:

MALAWI , Lilongwe

DURATION:

3 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

February 5, 2019

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 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: Uniterra.ca.

The Communications Officer position will support the Uniterra program objectives and provide support in developing and capturing relevant program information for stakeholders.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Capture and disseminate success stories on social media platforms;
  • Document lessons learned and share with relevant stakeholders;
  • Provide training to Uniterra program and partner staff on social media and communication strategies and tools;
  • Promote the visibility of Uniterra activities in Malawi and abroad;
  • Develop documentaries for enhancing program visibility
  • 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 the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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

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!

TO APPLY:

  • Send us your Curriculum vitae, and a cover letter at the attention of Students Without Borders at swb@wusc.ca

FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE STUDENT WITHOUT BORDERS PROGRAM:

    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 swb@wusc.ca 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 swb@wusc.ca .

    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 swb@wusc.ca for further information.