Communications Advisor

Position: Communications Advisor

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Mongolia

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: October 15, 2017

Full Description

Brief Description:

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT: Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants


DURATION: 6 months

Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) are working in partnership to implement the Mongolia: Enhancing Resource management through Institutional Transformation (MERIT) initiative. MERIT is a multi-year initiative that will enhance the public sector management of the Mongolian extractive sector to maximize its contribution to sustainable economic and social development. With the technical support of qualified Canadian volunteers, MERIT is working closely with several partners to build capacity in a number of areas, including gender equality, monitoring and evaluation, environmental management, delivery of quality training, public consultation and inter-agency collaboration, with the overall objective of responsible resource management in Mongolia.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is responsible for establishing Mongolian environmental laws and regulations to promote environmental balance and sustainable use of natural resources by encouraging cooperation to ensure a healthy and safe environment. It is the government ministry primarily responsible for Mongolia’s environmental protection activities and remains responsible for green development. MET’s mission is to ensure a balanced environmental approach, the sustainable use of natural resources, further help develop tourism and promote green growth through cooperative efforts.

There has been a great deal of change to environmental requirements and their enforcement in Mongolia over the past few years. The public has very high expectations of MET to carry out its mandate, but there is a lack of public understanding regarding MET’s policies and regulations, due to inconsistent management and political changes.

In pursuit of enhanced coordination and communication between key public sector agencies, the public and other stakeholders, MERIT is requesting a Communications Advisor to provide assistance to MET, to build the capacity of their staff to develop and implement a communications strategy (audience segmentation, targeting, key messages, channels and media) to ensure effective content and outreach to diverse audiences.

Embedded within the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Communications Advisor will work closely with managers and communications staff, to support the Ministry’s external and internal communications programming to better inform and engage different target audiences about the MET’s priorities, and to maintain a positive public perception of the MET’s environmental policies and activities. The Communications Advisor will undertake the following key tasks. This is not an exhaustive list and additional tasks may be required during the assignment:
- Provide advice and guidance to the MET (and other partners) on developing and implementing a communications strategy;
- Provide coaching and mentoring to communications staff in the delivery of communication products and information materials;
- Build internal capacity by sensitizing Ministry managers and staff on communications strategy;
- Facilitate skill development of communications officers through on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring;
- Support implementation of related plans, tools, and activities of the MERIT project;
- Encourage the participation and inclusion of women and youth in all activities.

- Work experience in communications, public relations and public administration, preferably in the environmental sector;
- Expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating communication plans;
- Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
- Ability to work independently and to exercise judgement;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Cultural, gender, religion, nationality sensitivity and adaptability;
- Experience working with websites, databases and web-based communication tools would be an asset.

- Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
- Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
- Language training in-country where required.
- Return flights, visas and work permits.
- Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
- Health insurance.
- Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
- Accommodation while overseas.
- Vacation leave entitlement.
- Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

- Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
- Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
- With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


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