Communications Advisor

Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Start Date Sep - Nov 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

 

As the Communications Advisor, you will play an important role in supporting internal and external communication efforts during the final phases of the Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) project. This is a unique opportunity to apply your communication skills during the wrap-up period of a project with numerous success stories to write.

Based in Dar es Salaam, you will also bring your communications lens to support the T-LED project team in drafting new material – in the form of writing new beneficiary profiles, social media content, infographic development, etc. You will also support in the coordination and planning of public events as a form of outreach to the communities and beneficiaries that have been impacted through T-LED.

Come showcase your writing, editing, and coordination skills in Tanzania!

As a volunteer, you will:

-   Coordinate the knowledge management of existing communication materials for the T-LED project team use

-   Conduct informal interviews with project partners, international and national volunteers, and local SMEs to write success stories

-   Identify opportunities for local media content – radio, newspaper, advertisements – and draft supporting marketing content

-   Collaborate with international and national volunteers in delivery learning workshops to TCCIA, TWCC, and SIDO

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or another relevant field

Essential Professional Background:

- 2 – 3 years’ work experience in a communications or marketing position

- 2 – 3 years’ work experience in developing promotional content – written, visual, audio, etc.

- Facilitation and training skills; experience in development and delivering workshops

 

About Our Partner

 

T-Led Project - VSO Tanzania and Cuso International

The Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-Led) project is aimed at developing enhanced equitable and sustainable economic growth and prosperity for women and men in the Mtwara, Lindi, Mwanza and Iringa regions of Tanzania. This aligns with our project partner, the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), along with goals of increasing private sector development, small industry development (SIDO) and women-led business growth (TWCC).

The project aims to increase economic growth and prosperity in two ways:

1) By increasing the income and growth potential of female and male entrepreneurs in the value chains related to foreign direct investment in agriculture and the extractive industries and

2) By enhancing small and medium-sized enterprises support services provided by Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC), SIDO and TCCIA in the target regions.

 

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.

 

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 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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

 

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 and 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.