Volunteer Opportunities

Position - Communications and Advocacy Advisor

VCP

Field of Work (sector): Advocacy, Communication and marketing
Location: Accra
Country: Ghana
Duration: 1 year
Language: English
Deadline: May 9, 2021

***IMPORTANT ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA:

Be living currently in Ghana 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 Ghana could apply for a volunteer mandate in Ghana) 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:

Crossroads collaborates with WiLDAF Ghana which is part of a Pan Africa Women’s Rights network called Women in Law and Development in Africa, whose mission is to use the law as a tool for development to ensure that women’s rights are respected, promoted and protected by way of fostering and reinforcing strategies that link law and development, in order to increase women’s participation and influence at the local, national and international levels. WiLDAF is operational in several African countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This volunteer mandate is needed because the volunteer will assist in the coordination of all communication activities and strategies of WiLDAF Ghana to ensure that the impact and scope of their work is captured to first keep network members, partners and donors informed, as well as to preserve institutional memory.

 

Description of the volunteer mandate

The volunteer we are seeking should support in the designing and execution of communications strategies and outputs for visibility on WiLDAF’s social media platforms, and within the organization’s network ecosystem.

The volunteer we are seeking will:

  • Coordinate the gathering of information and write project impact stories for WiLDAF Ghana to capture the essence of the organization’s work
  • Coordinate all publications of WiLDAF Ghana such as media publication of articles and press releases
  • Support the Project Team with communications output components in the preparation of project reports
  • Develop and deliver creative media strategies and campaigns
  • Coordinate all communication strategies and activities of the organization
  • Provide technical advice and insight on communications related matters to WiLDAF Ghana

 

Qualifications

  • A degree in communications studies, journalism or marketing
  • At least three (3) years post qualification working experience in a similar position
  • Ability to design and develop communication strategies
  • Communication, lobbying and advocacy skills
  • Experience in Gender, Gender Based Violence and women rights issues.
  • Ability to design innovative social media campaigns
  • Computer literacy is essential
  • Graphic design is an asset

Eligibility criteria:

  • ***IMPORTANT : Be living currently in  Ghana 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  Ghana could apply for a volunteer mandate in Ghana) 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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