Volunteer role: Marketing and Communications Officer
|Type of role:||Communications and fundraising|
|Application Closing Date:||27 May 2019|
|Start date:||As soon as role is filled|
VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.
You will promote VSO’s work improving the livelihoods of poor and marginalized people by editing and proofing project implementation guides for our offices, and generating written, audio and video content that will engage a variety of audiences globally.
Skills, qualifications and experience
Demonstrable experience of producing compelling media / communications content using a variety of channels.
Experience and knowledge in livelihoods projects, such as those involving entrepreneurship, employability, agri-business, value-chain work, and sustainable agricultural production.
Proven strong analytical and writing skills.
A minimum of bachelor degree in social science, communication studies, development studies or equivalent.
An understanding of livelihoods terminology, or experience supporting livelihoods projects in a communications capacity.
Minimum of 8 years relevant work experience with at least 5 years spent in a similar role
Current knowledge and understanding of media and communication tools and approaches.
Demonstrable ability to work independently, think strategically as well as work with in team
High level of interpersonal and diplomatic skills along with awareness of political sensitivities in different settings.
IT literate in Word, Excel and PowerPoint as a minimum.
Strong written and verbal English
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.
As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.
VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.
Some background about VSO
Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.
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