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Volunteer role: Unlocking Talent Communications Specialist - Malawi


Type of role:Communications and fundraising
Location:Lilongwe, Malawi
Partner organisation:Royal Norwegian Embassy
Application Closing Date:31 May 2019
Interview date:To be advised
Start date:01/09/2019

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

VSO is currently implementing the Unlocking Talent Project in various primary schools in Malawi. The projects uses tablet technology to improve core competencies of reading, writing and mathematics for Standard 1 and 2 (early grade) primary school children. This is an exciting initiative that will among other things provide real time data to teachers and school administrators on learner’s progress. This therefore provides new and different opportunities and challenges that educators need to respond to. Therefore, the project is looking for a communications specialist to develop a Marketing and Communications strategy and other materials for VSO Malawi to support our Unlocking Talent through Technology project’s visibility.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Qualifications:
Essential

•A minimum of Master’s Degree in Marketing / Sales / Communications with over 6 years of experience in fundraising and communication.
•Excellent knowledge, skills and proven experience in applying successful public relations, marketing and communications strategies.
•Experience of current global development views in general and the funding situation in Ghana
•Proven and practical knowledge of peer-to-peer support to share experience and learning;
•Good interpersonal skills combined with a flexible and adaptable attitude;
•Excellent communication skills with good command of both spoken and written English.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.

Accommodation

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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