Community And Public Relations Advisor
Location Bale/Robe, Ethiopia
Start Date Feb – Apr 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The Volunteer’s Role
The objective of this placement is to develop publicity strategies to efficiently use public relations in order to meet organizational objectives; to provide support to build strong relations with the community and service users and; to train staff effectively work with service users and community based on need assessments.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Participate in developing a customer service standards and protocols
-Collect and analyze data to monitor the level of customer service
-Advise the university regarding Communication and Public Relation Materials
-Coaching/Mentoring and conduct training need assessment and capacity building sessions to staff/management
-Creating linkage and partnership with other higher educational institutions, NGO, other organizations
Essential Academic Qualifications:
M.A in Public Relations and Communications or in International Development or in Community Development or in International relations or Journalism or related field
Essential Professional Background:
-At least 2 years’ experience in public relations or related field
– Strengthening Public Relation office of the university/college, ability to communicate effectively
About Our Partner
Mission: Madawalabu University is devoted to the sustainable socio-economic development of the country through provision of quality education, understanding community based research and delivering needs based community services.
Vision: Madawalabu University aspires to be one of the leading national universities and to be recognized internationally for providing quality education, problem solving research and community services
Terms and 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.
– 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 and in-country orientation
– Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
– Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
– Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
– Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
– Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
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.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
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 assessment and training, as applicable.
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 travelling 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 an assessment day, training course, 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 travelling. 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.