Communication Advisor
Position # 71176-014


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




6 months


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.


In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed the shelter and livelihoods of many people living in Leyte and the Samar Islands in the Philippines. The Haiyan Reconstruction Project builds on the achievements and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Typhoon Haiyan Livelihoods Response Project which was also implemented by the Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI). The Haiyan Reconstruction Project aligns with the reconstruction plans of the Government and provincial department which highlight agriculture and the fisheries as the sectors of focus for reconstruction and acknowledge the role and importance of actively engaging and providing economic activities to women. The project also works on needs identified by the local government, communities and microenterprises; in the project areas.

The project objectives are to facilitate the development of new and existing Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) led by women groups, targeting the identified economic opportunities in agriculture, livestock, fisheries, processing and other non-farm sectors.

The Project will also support Vocational Training Centers, Financial Institutions and Business Development Services in adjusting their training modules, products, services to respond to women and young womens' needs.

Reporting to the Project Team Leader, the communications advisor shall ensure the visibility of the project (and of CECI/CONCERN Inc.), as well as that of the collaborating partner organizations.


  • Elaborate and implement a communications strategy that contribute to the project’s overall communications strategy. The strategy must be adapted to the local context and take into account the specific needs of women and youth in terms of communications;
  • Put in place dynamic and effective communication tools for the project such as evacuation routes because of the risks of typhoon/tsunami/earthquake; agricultural techniques; the development of small business, “Buy local” campaign aimed at the business sector etc...
  • Develop a communication plan (gender and youth sensitive) for Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in close collaboration with their management,
  • Support the systemization and dissemination of the Project’s experiences and those of its partners by integrating a gender analysis and a youth perspective;
  • Act as an interface with the communications department of CECI with respect to staff and partner organizations:
  • Asses staff knowledge in terms of communication;
  • Train staff on communication techniques: how to use the material (camera, video, recorder); on how to get testimonies from target groups etc...


  • University degree in communications or related field
  • Experience in organizational communications and in elaborating communications plans and strategies
  • Experience with information technologies
  • Expertise in website design, an asset
  • Knowledge of gender equality issues
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).
  • Ability to work in an intercultural environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Members of the Filipino diaspora are encouraged to apply. Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Team work, interpersonal communication, intercultural interaction, animation of meetings, Analysis, creativity and innovation, time and priority management, thoroughness and concern for quality, ability to adapt


  • 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.