Volunteer role: Communication specialist
Type of role Communications and fundraising
Interview date TBC
Start date January 2021
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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.
The Communications Personal is responsible for
maintaining internal communications strategies to keep project
beneficiaries and partners informed of CLARITY projects presence,
information and events. The Adviser will be expected to investigate
preferred communications channels and ways for delivering information to
different target groups as well as do research and write stories that
capture the impact of the project. The ideal candidate will ensure the
production of quality communication materials and information’s
throughout the project working hand in hand with other volunteer who
will be engaged in a similar Project.
Skills, qualifications and experience Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
• Strong verbal and written communication skills in English; experience of developing compelling, high quality documentation,
• Guidance and practice notes; concept notes; case stories,
presentations for different audiences. Strong representation skills.
• Relevant professional experience in a communication position.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Experience in developing print and digital communications materials.
NEW TANZANIAN JOBS, INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES 2020 (1,253 POSTS)Knowledge/qualifications:
• Bachelors or Master’s Degree in communications, public relations, journalism or a similar discipline.
• 3 years of experience in relevant position,
• Excellent oral and written communication skills,
• Desk and qualitative research skills,
• Understanding of multimedia communications,
• Sound working knowledge of digital and social media,
• Presentation and influencing skills in order to obtain buy-in of recommendations.
• Able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed
objectives within deadlines, involving key individuals in the process.
• IT (MS office) proficiency.
• Able to travel, including work away from the home base for up to 50%
of time, both within the country and occasionally internationally and
some weekend and evening work.
• Proven experience in developing and implementing communications strategies
• Proven ability in delivering relevant content to digital and social media
• Strong in expressing creativity in all different communication channels and ability to quickly switch between them.
• Experience of working in a developing country and/or an NGO.
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
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.
Your application and C0V1D-I9
are continually reviewing our ability to safely programme and implement
projects during the C0V1D-I9 pandemic. Many local restrictions are
being implemented in several VSO locations, which impacts VSO’s existing
We will continue to follow the advice of the
World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governments to protect the
wellbeing and safety of all communities, employees and volunteers.
continuing to build a talent pool of prospective professional
volunteers so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we’re
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your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch
to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.
You can read VSO’s COVID-19 statement and frequently asked questions about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic here.
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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).
Application Closing Date 13th November, 2020.