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Volunteer Position - Communications Advisor | HPA, Laos

Vets Without Borders has an open Communications Advisor position with Health Poverty Action (HPA), located in Vientiane, Laos with travel to rural areas. This position also includes 3 months of remote work.

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Job Details

Job Title: Communications Advisor

Country: Lao PDR

Location: Vientiane City

Partner Organization: HPA

Duration: 1-2 months in-country, 3 months remote

Start Date: As soon as possible

Pre-departure Training: VWB/VSF will provide training orientation.

Eligibility: Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language: English (essential) 

Academic Requirements: University degree in communications and/or media

Fundraising: VWB/VSF encourages each volunteer to raise funds towards the organization’s operations.

Volunteer Terms & Conditions 

VWB/VSF covers most of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Return airfare to placement country 
  • Visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication, and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A 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.

When the volunteer can commit to 21hr/week working remotely, VWB/VSF assists volunteers with stipend of $700 CAD/month help cover expenses.

Volunteer Application: Communications Advisor, HPA, Laos

Our Commitment 

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontière is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of our team.

We are committed to inclusive and equitable employment practices and strive to create a workplace that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. VWB/VSF Canada welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure an equitable hiring process. Thank you for your interest in VWB/VSF Canada.
 
 

Overall Goal

The primary purpose of the Communications Advisor volunteer is to strengthen the institutional communications capacity of the VETS project and HPA in Laos. The role will involve working directly with HPA staff, in liaison also with the local coordinator and Asia Program Manager.

Objectives

  • Adapting the overall institutional communication strategy of the VETS project and HPA to the context in Laos through appropriate content and channels.
  • Strengthen the institutional communication of the VETS project in Laos and HPA, including the updating and creation of institutional communication materials (videos, infographics, Facebook page, for example) and the development of partnerships with local media.
  • Support project teams in the operationalization of communications activities, the development of communication materials and the organization of events (workshops, seminars, etc.).

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

Skills

Essential

  • Experience in planning and implementing communication strategies and campaigns that lead toward behaviour change
  • Mastery of communication channels, social and digital communication, and content writing
  • Skilled in digital graphics, filming, and video editing
  • Skilled in graphic design and document editing
  • Strong analytical, synthesis, and writing skills, as well as a strong adaptability to work in difficult local conditions
  • Effective intercultural communication skills
  •  Commitment to the principles of voluntary cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance, and environmental sustainability

Desirable

  • Ability to work in the team and in the field
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience and/or knowledge of landlocked rural areas
  • Previous international work/volunteer experience in Laos or another developing country

About the Project: VETS

Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS), funded through the Volunteer Cooperation Program at Global Affairs Canada, will engage 190 volunteers to work with local partner organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Volunteers will help create integrated animal health systems to increase the livelihoods and household nutrition of small-scale farmers. The VETS program utilizes the skills of volunteers to build local partner capacity to support community members, primarily women, to reduce poverty. Through improved production of livestock and crops, volunteers help improve family income and nutrition.

The VETS program is built around the One Health concept, which recognizes that the health of people, animals, and the natural environment are interconnected. This project promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development.

Learn More About The VETS Project

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 percent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers. However, small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services.

Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock that provides important protein and/or income for low-income households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) works for and with communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal and public health.

VWB/VSF provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal and public health professionals.

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    - Madison Russel

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