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(WUSC) Volunteer recruitment: Communications Advisor

Assignment ID: VA - 105764

Assignment Title: Communications Advisor

Partner: Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD)

Country: Vietnam 

Duration: 9 - 10 months

Time commitment: Full time

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about improving the quality of life for vulnerable communities? Do you have communications skills to share? 

As the Communications Advisor with the Center for Sustainable Rural Development in Vietnam, you will support the promotion of their community development programs to improve their ability to mobilize more resources for disadvantaged Vietnamese.

Apply today to increase opportunities for marginalized people in Vietnam!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the development of a communications plan 
  • Support the development of communication materials
  • Support the documentation of lessons learnt 
  • Collaborate with the partner to reduce the environmental footprint of the work associated with this assignment
  • Use an intersectional lens to ensure the inclusion and participation of young women and other marginalized youth, as well as their representation, in all activities related to communications
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after their volunteer assignment. You will be equipped with tools, training, and support to achieve these goals 
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Participate in pre-assignment training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree in Communications, Marketing, Development/Social Studies, or related field 
  • Minimum 3 years of related working experience in communications 
  • Expertise and experience with the use of different media (magazines, digital learning platforms, social media);
  • Good written and verbal communication in both Vietnamese and English
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world. IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, women's organizations, and youth groups. In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.

Partner Description

The Center for Rural Development (SRD) is a Vietnamese non-profit, non-governmental organization that is dedicated to working with disadvantaged communities, assisting them to improve their quality of life and manage their resources sustainably. SRD currently has two operational offices – the head office in Hanoi and Hue-based office – and maintains an extensive network of consultants and collaborators, locally and overseas. SRD also chairs a number of Vietnamese and International NGO networks.. SRD provides support for community-based organizations to achieve the best possible results for its projects.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Team prior to assignment and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-assignment training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and network with other volunteers
  • WUSC country orientation
  • Modest monthly living allowance
  • Pre-assignment medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • Criminal record verification
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Debriefing after completion of assignment
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International and national volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DEPARTURES HAVE RESUMED

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! After a pause on travel since March 2020, international volunteer departures to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean have resumed.

All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Volunteers must meet Canadian and Assignment Country Government and airline requirements related to PCR testing.
  • Volunteers must agree to follow all COVID-19 mitigation instructions as issued by the Canadian Government, WUSC and by the local authorities in the country of assignment.

See available international opportunities below and click here for our international volunteer FAQ.

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