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Cuso International is a North American leading international development agency that works through volunteers to overcome poverty, operating in Nigeria for more than 60 years.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communications Advisor

Location: Calabar, Cross River
Length of Placement: 6 Months, starting in 2021

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.

Residency & Citizenship
Residency:

  • The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
  • We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.

Citizenship:

  • Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of traveling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
  • By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before traveling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.

Essential Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, College Diploma in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or related field

Essential Professional Background:

  • At least 2 years of professional experience working in development communications in an NGO or other reputable organization
  • Experience developing diverse communication and promotional materials
  • Experience in media relations and media campaigns
  • Excellent reporting skills

Terms & Conditions:

  • Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training program and in-country orientation (more details below)
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months.

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Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.

In 1961, a group of Canadian university graduates had a vision of a more connected world. A world where the social constraints you are born into don’t dictate the entirety of your life. Where each human being has the opportunity to reach their full potential.These young people took a great leap of faith, rallied hundreds of other young graduates across this great nation and founded CUSO, Canadian University Students Overseas. Each young volunteer took their role as a Canadian “ambassador” very seriously as they filled skill gaps in developing countries as teachers, nurses and agriculturalists.Over the next few decades, as our partners became the educators, health care professionals and farmers, so evolved the role of the volunteers. Today, our volunteers are experienced professionals who focus on building skills and transferring knowledge to our partners across Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. And, our name Cuso International reflects this change.

OUR VISION

A world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society

OUR MISSION

Working in inclusive partnerships to eradicate poverty through equitable and sustainable development

OUR VALUES

Partnership: We believe in the power of people. We employ a people-centred approach to development and the challenge of overcoming poverty and inequality. We support our partners by allowing them to drive their own development. We recognize that we all have a stake in effective development, and we seek to build on each other’s capabilities.

Respect and Integrity: We value diversity. We recognize and care about the rights and dignity of others. We strive to live up to our commitments, to be fair and transparent in our work, and to act consistently in applying our principles.Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. We perform consistently to standards and seek to achieve and inspire excellence. We are dedicated to continually drawing from our experience, sharing knowledge and applying it to improve our work.

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0 USD Calabar, Nigeria CF 3201 Abc road Full Time , 40 hours per week Cuso International

Cuso International is a North American leading international development agency that works through volunteers to overcome poverty, operating in Nigeria for more than 60 years.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Communications AdvisorLocation: Calabar, Cross River Length of Placement: 6 Months, starting in 2021
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.
Residency & Citizenship Residency:
  • The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
  • We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.
Citizenship:
  • Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of traveling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
  • By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before traveling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.
Essential Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree, College Diploma in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or related field
Essential Professional Background:
  • At least 2 years of professional experience working in development communications in an NGO or other reputable organization
  • Experience developing diverse communication and promotional materials
  • Experience in media relations and media campaigns
  • Excellent reporting skills
Terms & Conditions:
  • Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training program and in-country orientation (more details below)
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months.
2020-10-10

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