Communications Officer


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Communications Officer
WUSC Caribbean
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about and skilled in communications, graphics, photography, and videography? Are you open to volunteering with an International Organization making a big difference in the lives of women and youth?  

WUSC Caribbean Guyana invites you to apply today to make an impact!

As the National Communications Volunteer with WUSC Caribbean Guyana Inc., you will work with WUSC staff to roll out some critical components related to graphics and messaging over a ten (10) month period.

Apply today to make an impact in fostering climate-resilient agricultural markets in the Caribbean!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Capturing, and editing, still imagery and video footage around Sustainable Agriculture in the Carribean programme (SAC) activities, including field visits, depicting stakeholders, market actors, products, and processes. The communication volunteer will document the programme activities for reporting and visibility purposes
  • Deliver short, edited videos of the key activities related to the Sustainable Agriculture in the Carribean programme as well as that of selected agricultural markets depicting people, products, and processes
  • Developing related communications materials under the direction of the Regional Communications Advisor and WUSC staff
  • Assist in the management of the country office social media profiles including supporting case studies, news articles/newsletters and Facebook postings 
  • Support in the fine tuning of the design of country office brochures, banners and business cards
  • Produce a miniseries of brief audio-visual communications products in partnership with key program collaborators addressing issue; pest management and pre and post-harvest handling
  • 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
  • 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

  • Photography training and/or experience 
  • Video production and editing skills
  • Experience with social media and information technologies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • An Associate Degree would be preferred
  • Knowledge of the agriculture sector and Guyanese creole would be an asset
  • 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, with excellent writing skills

Partner Description

WUSC Caribbean is implementing a five-year project – the Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) project, which will promote climate resilient agriculture for equitable economic growth to increase the economic prosperity of women and youth (female & male) in more sustainable agricultural markets in the Caribbean. The project builds on learning from the WUSC Caribbean’s Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project and is a multi-country economic growth project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), being implemented in Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Suriname.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Team prior to assignment and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Pre-assignment 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
  • WUSC country orientation
  • Modest monthly living allowance
  • Pre-assignment medical exam
  • Health insurance
  • 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.

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.

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

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated 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.

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