Communications Officer
Position # 71242-020

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Asociación Amigos del Lago de Atitlán

LOCATION:

GUATEMALA , Sololá Department

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 3, 2019

OVERVIEW:

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

Amigos del Lago de Atitlán is a private organization founded in 1990. Its goal is to preserve and protect the region’s natural resources through outreach, education and development projects which also benefits the people living near Lake Atitlan and its basin. The organization’s projects fall into three categories: environmental education, scientific research and environmental remediation. It specifically targets the fifteen municipalities surrounding Lake Atitlan, one of the country’s most valuable resources, and its watersheds.

In this context, the organizations seeks to strenghten its communication by learning day to day activities from a professional who can create content like videos, photos, posts, etc, focusing on the work related to the economic empowerment of women and youth.

Amigos del Lago de Atitlán is looking to host a volunteer to support in the creation of communication content and increase the skills of staff in that sector.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analyze communication needs within the partner organization;
  • Facilitate communication-related workshops and/or training to partner organization staff;
  • Take photos and videos for case studies and share on social media;
  • Create short videos to display the type of work being done by partners;
  • Support the creation of content for various social platforms (eg. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, blogs, etc.);
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits;
  • Write reports required by partners and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Pursuing a University degree in communications, journalism, social sciences, international relations or any other relevant field
  • Work, academic, internship or volunteer experience in the area of communication and social media
  • Photography and videography experience an asset
  • Strong IT skills (e.g. Microsoft package, use of databases, website design, etc.)
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Analytical and synthesis skills
  • Ability to work in an intercultural environment
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Basic level of Spanish required

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.