Communications and Advocacy Advisor

Ghana

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Assignment Type:
Canadian International Volunteer
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada only
Assignment ID:
VA-106061
Assignment Title:
Communications and Advocacy Advisor
Partner:
Farm Radio International – Ghana
Country:
Ghana
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
Full time

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about gender equality and youth development? Do you have communications and advocacy skills to share?

As the Communications and Advocacy Advisor with Farm Radio International in Accra, Ghana, you will support the development of an advocacy strategy and implement projects inline with Farm Radio International's communications plan that will ensure scale up and sustainable programming in Ghana.

Apply today to have an impact on the social and economic well-being of small-scale farmers, rural entrepreneurs and women in Ghana!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support Farm Radio International Ghana (FRI) to collect and disseminate project results and stories of change for the WUSC Innovation in Non-Traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training project 
  • Support FRI to develop an effective reporting and documentation system for their diverse projects with various donors in Ghana 
  • Support FRI to roll-out its communication strategy and identify areas for advocacy with the Innovation in Non-Traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training project 
  • Collaborate with the FRI Senior Country Representative to identify areas for advocacy and prepare policy briefs to build a strong country alliance for championing farmers and female participants in non-traditional trade areas
  • Collect and document gender equality lessons learned, good practices and stories of change from projects, particularly from female participants
  • Work with FRI to offset the environmental footprint of the planned assignment activities
  • Support the organization to consider meaningful inclusion of program participants
  • Use a gender equality lens in all stages of program design and implementation
  • 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
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or training in Communications, Journalism, Social Sciences or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in project communications and reporting
  • Previous experience in advocacy and campaign work
  • Minimum two (2) years relevant professional experience in your field of expertise
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset
  • Experience living and working internationally considered an asset
  • Written and oral fluency in English.

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

Farm Radio International (FRI) is a Canadian non-profit organization at the forefront of ICT-enabled extensions and communications for scale. FRI’s interactive rural radio approach addresses the information, communication and extension needs of millions of small-scale farmers, rural entrepreneurs and citizens. FRI’s core expertise is collaborative, results-based program development combining radio and mobile phones, and other ICTs and face-to-face interaction. FRI has developed a series of interactive radio-based approaches tailored to achieve different outcomes: awareness, knowledge; market linkages; adoption of good practice; and changes in attitude and behavior.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-departure training to learn about the volunteering for development program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and network with other volunteers
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance
  • Airfare to and from the assignment country
  • Visa/work permit
  • Pre-departure medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • Vaccinations and antimalarial medication
  • COVID-19 PCR testing
  • Criminal record verification
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • 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 and national 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.

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