Communication and Digital Media Advisor (E-Volunteer)

Sri Lanka

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Assignment ID:
VA-105504
Assignment Title:
Communication and Digital Media Advisor (E-Volunteer)
Partner:
Institute for Development of Community Strengths (INDECOS)
Country:
Sri Lanka
Duration:
4 months (with the possibility of extension)
Time Commitment:
5 to 35 hours per week (flexible)
Volunteer Location:
Matara, Sri Lanka
Eligibility:
  • Support in developing the organization’s presence on the web and social media platforms
  • Assist with the development and implementation of digital content promoting the organization’s programs which target youth
  • Increase engagement on social media platforms through posts and communication campaigns
  • Conduct storytelling workshops

Assignment Context

Do you have communications experience and a passion about gender equality and economic opportunities for all? If so, this might be the role for you!

 

As the Communication & Digital Media Advisor (E-Volunteer) you will support the Institute for Development Community of Strengths (INDECOS) in promoting and communicating their activities and programs in order to increase the engagement of women and especially young women. INDECOS is a long standing NGO in the Southern province of Sri Lanka.

 

Apply today and support youth and women in Sri Lanka!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support in developing the organization’s presence on the web and social media platforms
  • Assist with the development and implementation of digital content promoting the organization’s programs which target youth
  • Increase engagement on social media platforms through posts and communication campaigns
  • Conduct storytelling workshops
  • Participate in pre-assignment training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
  • Set up a personalized volunteer fundraising page on the WUSC fundraising platform and share it in your networks. Volunteers will be supported with the tools, training and support to achieve the fundraising goal.
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Support partners to empower young women and promote a culture of gender sensitive representation in all activities and program benefits.
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

●  Degree and/or training in Communications, Digital Marketing or a related field

●  Experience in Communications, Digital Marketing or related experience

  • Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group
  • Comfortable using online working platforms
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset
  • Experience living and working internationally considered an asset.

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world. IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, women's organizations, and youth groups. In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.

Partner Description

INDECOS aims to improve the quality of life of community members through capacity building, participatory, and gender equity approaches through the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. INDECOS achieves this objective through practical skills development programs, education programs and awareness raising on important topics; particularly those that help address social and economic problems. Sustainable and running as a microcredit program, INDECOS serves women, children, youth, persons with disabilities and many vulnerable target populations. Transparencies, quality of work and accountability are major features of INDECOS. They have projects in water sanitation to supply water tanks across the community, women’s entrepreneurship, and care packages with basic household items to help support natural disaster-stricken communities.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to assignment and from the WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-assignment training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for e-volunteering in an intercultural context and meet other e-volunteers
  • Country orientation to better understand the cultural context of the country
  • E-volunteers who contribute a minimum of 21 hours per week are eligible to receive an allowance of $35 CAD per day, up to a maximum of $700 CAD per month. This allowance is taxable income.
  • Debriefing after completion of assignment
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

International Volunteer Departures Have Resumed

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! After a pause on travel since March 2020, international volunteer departures to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean have resumed with the lifting of Canada’s non-essential travel restriction: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated (two vaccine doses) against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Volunteers must meet Canadian and Assignment Country Government and airline requirements related to PCR testing.
  • Volunteers must agree to follow all COVID-19 mitigation instructions as issued by the Canadian Government, WUSC and by the local authorities in the country of assignment.

See available international opportunities below and click here for our international volunteer FAQ.

WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada as well. As an e-volunteer, you can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s e-volunteering program! See available e-volunteer opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.

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