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Volunteer role: National Volunteer – Communications

Type of role:Communications and fundraising
Location:Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Application Closing Date:7 Mar 2020
Interview date:ASAP
Start date:ASAP

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.

Role overview

The role of the National Volunteer – Communications will be assisting ICS Project Director to promote VSO ICS Cambodia and NYEN Project Visibility in 2 provinces Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom Provinces. Communication Volunteer will work to collect all ICS Project and NYEN unique achievements, volunteer’s case study, ICS events and raising by using social media platforms to promote in country social media, regional, and global. He/she will also support VSO ICS Cambodia activities such as campaigning and public relations activities, generate content, project video capture, draft press release and any other promotional items.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Qualification in Professional Communication/ Department of Media and Communication or other related field.

Experience in communications and social media, either through education, work or volunteering

Experience working within an International development organisation or charity is an advantage

Interest in media and communications (including social media)

Interest in politics and current affairs

Innovative, tech-savvy and experienced using key social media outlets
(Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube) to engage with different stakeholders

Good organisational and research skills

Excellent communications and interpersonal skills

Good command of English and Khmer languages in both speaking and writing

Fully IT literate

Commitment to volunteering for at least 6 months

Ability to work as part of a team

Enthusiasm and willingness to learn

Competencies and Behavior
• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to
new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and
build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

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.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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