Strategic Communications Advisor

Position: Strategic Communications Advisor

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Ghana

Deadline: January 21, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: January 21, 2018

Full Description

Brief Description:

DURATION: 7 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.

Uniterra is a leading Canadian International Volunteer Cooperation and Development program, jointly implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:

This assignment will focus on the development of a strategic communication plan for the Uniterra program and support local partners interested in developing communication plans for their organizations. Uniterra is currently working with over 30 partners in the three sub-sectors, many of whom have expressed interest for support in capturing and aggregating the changes taking place in the lives of youth and women across the four regions in Ghana where they work. The volunteer is also expected to provide guidance and support to partners in communicating the key achievements of their work to the public and to provide a springboard for advocacy activities.

- Coordinate communication plan development for the Uniterra program and partners in Ghana;
- Complete a stakeholder needs assessment for communication strategies;
- Develop simple tools for capturing the progress of work done by partners that are not currently hosting volunteers;
- Liaise with Uniterra volunteers and partners in Ghana to determine communication needs and provide support;
- Capture and document stories and reports from the Uniterra program subsectors, or of the work of Uniterra partner organizations and volunteers;
- Develop a fact sheet for Uniterra in Ghana, detailing work within the subsectors;
- Develop a plan for Uniterra and partners' contributions to national policy issues concerning the target groups and subsectors;
- Support partners to develop content for their respective communication plans;
- Promote the equal participation and representation of women and men in all communication material;
- Write reports required by host organizations and the Uniterra program.

- University degree or diploma in communications, public relations or a related discipline
- Experience with and knowledge of organizational communication and strategic communication plan development
- Experience in the use of information technology and websites development
- Demonstrated interest in networking and relationship building
- Must be a team player

- 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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