Vets Without Borders has an open Communications Advisor volunteer position at Ghana Poultry Network (GAPNET) in GhanaDownload Volunteer Placement PDF
Volunteer Placement Details
Position Title: Communications Advisor
Location: Accra, with travel throughout the country
Partner Organization: GAPNET
Duration: 3 months
Start Date: October 2023 (or upon availability)
Pre-departure Training: VWB/VSF will provide training orientation.
Eligibility: Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Language: English (essential)
Academic Requirements: At minimum, a bachelor’s 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.
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.
The primary purpose of the Communications and Public Relations Advisor position is to support GAPNET to publicize project achievements and acknowledge GAC’s contribution to economic and social wellbeing of beneficiaries
- Lead GAPNET team in the development of information education communication (IEC) materials
- Train GAPNET staff in graphic design, press releases, newsletters, social media, and more
- Support GAPNET to review communications plan from 2024-2025
- Train GAPNET Communications officers and staff on the use of social media account management to disseminate information
- Develop, review, and enhance content for print, electronic, and social media to communicate information to target audiences such as VWB, CAHWS, community beneficiaries, Canadian volunteers, and funders in Ghana and overseas
- Prepare radio talks on animal health for CAHWs and GAPNET staff
- Proficient in Microsoft office (Word, PowerPoint, graphic design etc.) and media tools.
- Proficient writing, presentation, and verbal skills.
- Ability to develop newsletters, policy briefs, social media content and manage social media pages.
- Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance, and environmental sustainability
- Previous international work / volunteer experience in Ghana or other 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.
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.