Volunteer Opportunities

Position - COMMUNICATION AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS ADVISOR

VCP

Field of Work (sector): Communication and marketing
Location: Lusaka
Country: Zambia
Duration: 12 months
Language: English
Deadline: May 16, 2021

***IMPORTANT ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA:

Be living currently in Zambia and meet one of the following criteria:

  • a) Be a citizen of an African country other than the country where volunteer mandate will take place (for example a Kenyan living in Zambia could apply for a volunteer mandate in Zambia) OR:
  • b) Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

 

Crossroads International is a leading Canadian international cooperation organization, advancing equality for women and girls and eradicating poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa where women and girls face great adversity: unequal access to resources and economic opportunities, gender-based violence and limited participation in political and public life. Crossroads International works in partnership with local organizations in 9 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, in order to draw on the skills, expertise and resources, from the North and the South, required to enable people, particularly women and girls, to overcome poverty and defend their rights.

Crossroads is a registered charity supported by government and non-government funders, and many individual donors around the world.

OUR VISION

ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails, and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.

 

Project description and context:

Crossroads International’s 2020-2027 Volunteer Cooperation Program (VCP) entitled Championing Gender Equality Together, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), will engage Canadian women and men, Canadian stakeholders, Crossroads staff and volunteers, local partner organizations and women and men in sub-Saharan Africa to become Gender Equality Champions. Collectively these Gender Equality Champions constitute a global community of strong change agents and advocates for the advancement of gender equality both in Canada and overseas.

 

The Project aims to reduce gender inequalities and alleviate poverty by addressing gender-based violence, inequalities in access to resources and economic opportunities, and barriers in exercising strategic forms of choice, voice and influence, which are the culmination of unequal and discriminatory power relations entrenched in society.  Crossroads will address the root causes of gender-based inequalities and discrimination through a multidimensional holistic approach in the VCP that will, 1) promote women’s rights; 2) advance access to justice and the reduction of gender-based violence (GBV), 3) promote equal representation of women and men, and 4) target inequalities that limit women’s ability to participate in and benefit from economic activities.. Crossroads applies a rights-based approach to programming, which extends to promoting, protecting and defending women’s rights, including strengthening the capacity of women’s rights organizations to participate in and influence policy formulation and hold accountable those who have a duty to act.

Description of the partner:

Women for Change (WFC)  is a gender focused NGO that works to build capacities of women and girls in rural communities to achieve sustainable development. WFC have a vison of  society that upholds gender equity and equality. To achieve that, WFC will work to promote gender equity and equality in society considering that development is not sustainable without the full participation and benefit of women, girls, men and boys.

Values:

  • Gender sensitivity
  • Rural focus
  • Participatory
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Social justice and human dignity
  • Women’s rights and solidarity
  • Nonpartisan
  • Mutual respect

The mandate is intended to enhance the capacity of developing bulletins, information circulars, as well as other publications on WFC activities for regular circulation to all stakeholders and to enhance understanding of the organisation’s objectives and initiatives.

 Main responsibilities:

  1. Design, develop and evaluate broadcast materials and other culturally relevant program communication materials.
  2. Build capacity in the appropriate and timely dissemination of the programme communication materials to target audiences and participate in the evaluation of their impact.
  3. Develop systems to maintain regular communication with the funding community by distributing regular updates, reports, following up on verbal communication methods.
  4. Develop advocacy material for donor communities and partners.
  1. Develop relations with current donors. Identify and contact potential funders for fundraising engagement.
  2. Develop plans for annual internship action plans, prepare all documentation related to the agreements and follow-up of students’ during their internships.
  3. Social Media training including the effective use of Facebook, Twitter, or other social media and marketing networks, in accordance with WFC guidelines.
  4. Build capacity by taking part in developing communication material, maintaining relationships with external media, taking part in communication plans and initiatives.

 

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in related fields.
  • Previous experience with development of various broadcast material
  • Previous experience in development of systems that maintain regular communication with external stakeholders
  • Previous experience in Africa with demonstrated understanding of country context and culture is considered a strong asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/skills and/or experience in training and facilitation is considered an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of programs in advancing women’s equality and economic autonomy.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or training in international cooperation, preferably in a non-profit environmental at the local level is an asset.
  • Excellent ability to work autonomously and willingness to take initiative.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with a team, in person and from a distance.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to support volunteers, including mentorship and counselling.
  • Exceptional intercultural competencies and attitudes, including patience and respect for local expertise and work culture and intercultural communication.

Ability to cope with cultural isolation

Eligibility criteria:

***IMPORTANT : Be living currently in  Zambia and meet one of the following criteria:

    • a) Be a citizen of an African country other than the country where volunteer mandate will take place (for example a Kenyan living in  Zambia could apply for a volunteer mandate in Zambia) OR:
    • b) Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Share the commitment of preventing and addressing sexual misconduct
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)
  • The volunteer needs to bring their own computer

 

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads’ experience includes the following:

  • Monthly living living allowance of approximately 2100 $CAD
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Pre-assignment online training.

Crossroads International is committed to addressing gender-based violence by supporting the innovative work our partner organizations in ending violence against women and girls.

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APPLICATION

To apply for this position, please send motivation letter and resume to volunteer@cintl.org

Please contact our Volunteer mobilization team if you have any question: volunteer@cintl.org

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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