volunteer job -communications adviser in lusaka

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voluntary
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job details

posted
location
lusaka
job category
Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
job type
voluntary
reference number
JOB0115623
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job description

In Zambia, VSO’s work features Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Health in Prisons, Land rights and Justice, Secure Livelihoods, Entrepreneurship for the disadvantaged including women and youth. The Communications Adviser will: • Provide support in developing and maintaining systems, tools and templates to communicate stories, milestones and information to VSO Zambia staff, volunteers and other stakeholders. • Provide support in writing and producing materials such as briefing notes, newsletters, publications and web content for external and internal audiences. • Responsible for editorial planning and creation/production of newsletter content—including identifying story leads, conducting interviews, writing, editing and creative delivery (including but not limited to video production, audio clips, info-graphs). • Support the organisation’s PR effort, writing and managing the distribution of press releases. • Develop and Implement measurement tools to test effectiveness of communications. • Develops a solid and collaborative working relationship with relevant internal stakeholders at all levels

About VSO

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Allowance 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. Accommodation 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.

skills

Professional skills/competencies: • Ability to translate goals and objectives into effective messaging for communications content engagement • Experience in developing communication related strategy, objectives and tactics for positioning the organisation • Excellent in English communication, problem solving and organisational skills • Self-directed and detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects and work under time constraints • Proficiency in Microsoft Office ( Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) • Project Planning • Good stakeholder engagement • Creativity in writing and delivery • Ability to manage tight deadlines • A self-starter who learns quickly and works well in a team environment with minimal supervision • Resourceful and flexible • An effective communicator • Patient and with a good understanding of team dynamics • Able to work well with a variety of individuals Qualifications & Experience: • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, marketing or a related field • Minimum 5 years’ experience in communication and marketing