Communications Advisor (Canadian Citizens)

Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Communications Advisor (Canadian Citizens)

Location: Calabar, Cross-River

Length of Placement: 6 Months

Language Requirements: English Level 4 - Advanced

The Volunteer’s Role

  • If you are passionate about implementing communication initiatives, this could be the role for you!
  • As the Communications Advisor you will use your skills to support all internal and external communications, support the YouLead and B.LIVER project websites, as well as all social media platforms.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Identify and analyze the communication needs of stakeholders (including staff, donor agencies and community, members), and develop materials to respond accordingly.
  • Work with the Communications Intern to manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic materials.
  • Along with the project team, organize media events including press conferences, talk show interviews, documentaries, etc.
  • Work with the project team to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the project’s communication strategy.
  • Track and respond to general inquiries from the public.

About the Project

Project - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE):

  • Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Pre-departure Training and Briefing:

  • We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:

  • Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program - A 45-hour training program that uses a blended learning approach including 4 days of in-person sessions and online e-modules to be completed before and after the in-person session.
  • Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal
  • Online health briefing
  • Fundraising 101 Webinar

In-Country Training and Learning

  • You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities.
  • In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.

Fundraising:

  • 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.