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Communications Specialist

Job Title

Communications Specialist

Project

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Country

Lao PDR

Partner Organization

Health Poverty Action (HPA)

Placement Location

The volunteer will be located at HPA Lao PDR Country Project Office, Vientiane

Duration

6-12 months (If the selected candidate is unable to fill the required time period, s/he cannot be considered for this position)

Start Date

January 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session, available once a month:Sept 15 – 19, 2017 / Oct 13 – 17, 2017 / Nov 10 – 14, 2017 / Dec 8 – 12, 2017 / Jan 12 – 16, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements

Essential:
English

Desirable:
Willingness to learn basic communication in Lao language

The volunteer will work with a local counterpart, who will provide translation support when traveling and performing duties in the rural communities.

Academic Qualifications

Essential:

  • Bachelors or Masters-level (or equivalent) program in a relevant field such as: Communications or Journalism in International Development, or; Human Rights, Development Studies, International Relations or Public Health with a strong focus on Communications

Desirable:

  • N/A

Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Some work experience in Communications, journalism and/or advocacy and dissemination
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team but also with the ability to work proactively on tasks individually
  • Literacy in Windows-based computer applications
  • Excellent (mother tongue or equivalent) English language skills and high-level writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Desirable:

  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Laos or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To increase the capacity of HPA’s communications, particularly by collecting, editing and distributing English-based materials, articles and publications for the HPA Laos office. However, the Communications Specialist Volunteer will also assist with collecting information for report writing and proposal development and this will likely entail extensive writing.


Objectives:

  • Coordinate closely with the Country Director on raising the profile of HPA Lao PDR
  • Support staff to design, edit, publish and disseminate promotional materials, including the possible development of a quarterly newsletter
  • Flag up important ‘Upcoming Events’ for sharing information and highlighting HPA’s work throughout the country
  • Assist in maintaining, updating and improving communications between HPA Laos and HPA’s international HQ in London, including actively sharing promotional information HPA Laos for international publication and the HPA website 
  • Create and maintain an HPA Donor Directory and profile of various donors with funding allocations for Lao PDR
  • Write articles about HPA and GoL partner activities to include in HPA promotion materials and associated media
  • Provide assistance with drafting documents, reports, articles, letters or other types of materials as needed
  • Take meeting minutes and participate in workshops, meetings and conferences as deemed necessary
  • Assist and carry out other duties as requested by the Country Director. To improve the livelihoods and help alleviate the extreme poverty of 400 beneficiary households of the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor (RLP) project in Sepon District, Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB covers the majority of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
  • Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A modest monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.

Fundraising

VWB expects each volunteer to raise $500 prior to departure with a goal of $2,000 towards the overall project costs. In addition, VWB/VSF offers an award for the top volunteer fundraiser of the year.

How to Apply

If interested, please send your resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position you are applying for, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of this posting. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Monique Charron This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Veterinarians Without Borders

For about ten years, Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) has been sending Canadian Veterinarians and Vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely.

VWB/VSF-Canada works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environment that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to improve animal health knowledge, livelihoods development and public health.

About the Project: Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2) project is a five-year program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program (VCP). For five years (from 2015 to 2020), Over 100 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in six developing countries to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of livestock small-scale farmers.


This program operates in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam. We work hand in hand with subsistence farmers (small-scale livestock producers) most of whom are women in developing capacity and increasing knowledge on promoting healthy relationship between animals, people and the environment. Majority of our partners are in remote and rural areas with very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Our volunteers work with our partners to identify and alleviate challenges around livestock farming as well as providing knowledge and education on zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. Through this program, VWB strives to promote food security, gender equality and sustainable ecosystems as well as making meaningful contributions towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.


We will be looking to recruit professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal and human nutritionists, laboratory experts, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, gender specialists, animal & public health professionals and other technical experts to support the specific needs identified by our local partners.

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