IT and Communications Officer
Position # 1223-036

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Tea Association of Malawi Limited

LOCATION:

MALAWI , Blantyre

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 Tea Association of Malawi (TAML) is a membership organization of tea companies, producers and processors, and it represents the interests of tea growers and producers in Malawi. TAML members buy from over 13,000 smallholder tea growers in Mulanje and Thyolo districts, and its members employ over 50,000 workers on a permanent and seasonal basis. Most workers pluck tea while others work in the tea factories. It has created practices and mechanisms for issues relating to hired labor and smallholders that have significantly improved the terms and conditions on which the estate sector engages with both groups.

TAML is looking for an IT and Communications Officer to support in the development of a website and communication strategy to increase communication and awareness of TAML’s Gender work in the tea estates

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with TAML staff to develop a website with a focus on the Gender equality and equal opportunities
  • Ensure search engine optimization of website.
  • Train TAML staff on good practices for updating the website and media links;
  • Work with staff to review and maintain the organization's information systems and communication strategy.
  • Document success stories and create related promotional materials;
  • Promote the visibility of TAML products and Gender Equality activities in Malawi and abroad;
  • 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 TAML and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Pursuing a University degree in Computer Science, IT or any other relevant field
  • Work, academic, internship or volunteer experience in the area of Web development or management
  • Knowledge of updating website content and photos/images applications
  • Ability to train IT procedures is an 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.