Thursday, 3 March 2016

Communications Advisor at Cuso International

Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. Cuso International’s work is driven by authentic engagement with and accountability to the people and communities involved.

We therefore invite applications from qualified candidates for the position below:

Job Title: Communications Advisor

Length of placement (months): 7
Funding Eligibility requirements: Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

  • Cuso International has supported Nigeria’s development priorities since 1961, working in the education, health and HIV/AIDS, and secure livelihoods sectors, supporting youth employability and entrepreneurship, and is the executing agency for the YOULEAD project, supported by the Government of Canada.
  • Cuso International is currently exploring opportunities to implement a health program in Cross River State, with the potential to scale-up this work to Lagos State over the next 5 years.
  • The main goal of the health program is to increase the quality and gender responsiveness of health services for women, children and youth by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and civil society organization (CSO) partners.
The Volunteer's Role
  • The aim of this placement is to develop quality communications materials (written reports, policy briefs and case studies) in order to share learning and best practice generated by partners and volunteers within Cuso International Nigeria programs.
  • The outcome will be that Cuso International Nigeria will be better able to demonstrate the impact of international volunteering and working in partnership to tackle poverty.
The Volunteer will:
  • Support development, management of information and communication materials
  • Develop guidance materials to strengthen documentation practices
  • Develop documentation materials to raise the profile of the VOICE program in Nigeria
  • Research and write stories which capture the impact of international volunteering and of working in partnership to tackle poverty. Subjects will include north-south volunteers, south-south volunteers, national volunteers, diaspora volunteers, corporate volunteers, partners and beneficiaries
Essential Academic Qualifications:
  • University Degree on Communication, Marketing or other relevant field.
Essential Professional Background/Competencies:
  • Experience with development of information, education and communications (IEC) materials
Desirable Academic Qualifications:
  • Experience in advocacy, communications or similar field
Desirable Professional Background/Competencies:
  • Research and interviewing skills,
  • Skill and experience in photography would be an asset
  • Previous professional experience desirable
  • Proficiency skills with creating content within short time scales
Important Information for Candidates
Cuso International covers the following costs:
  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and in-country training orientation
  • Return airfare and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while overseas and upon return
  • Accommodation while overseas
  • Modest living allowance while overseas
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
  • Depending on the nature of the placement, the volunteer might be required to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement.
Language Requirements:
  • English reading - 4,
  • Writing - 4,
  • Oral - 4
Application Closing Date

Start Date

June 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online