Location Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Start Date Mar - May 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 14 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Cuso International aims to grow its constituency base and engage diverse audiences in Canada as well as Latin America and the Caribbean, where our work has become progressively more focused and effective. Through the use of appropriate channels, context and content, we aim to educate about our areas of concern and key development challenges, share learning, successes and best practices, elevate the voices of the communities we serve, as well as invite audiences to act or give. Cuso International also aims to effectively capture and demonstrate the impact and value of both international volunteering and working in inclusive partnerships to eradicate poverty.
As the Communications Advisor, your role will be to support the development and implementation of a short and medium-term country-specific communications strategy for Cuso International’s Country Program Office (CPO) in Honduras, as well as the development of high-quality, enticing and powerful communications materials (e.g. specific print and digital communications materials). We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience, so our start dates can be flexible. It would just depend on the partner organization’s needs.
In this role, you will work closely with the CPO team and other volunteers, under the guidance of the Communications, Information and Resource Development Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support the elaboration (e.g. by gathering information/photographs and drafting content) of two publications about Cuso International’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean. The later will include case studies, program insights and lessons learned, as well as recommendations for future policy and practice.
- Support the development of graphic designs, photographs, videos, interviews for Cuso International and its local partners.
- Support Cuso International with training for staff, volunteers and local partners in communication and management of technical teams.
- Accomplish any other related tasks that might be necessary for the completion of the volunteer’s mandate, as required by the Communications, Information and Resource Development Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Support Cuso International in drawing lessons learned from its communications initiatives, capitalizing experiences and sharing conclusions.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or a similar discipline
Essential Professional Background:
- 4-5 years of relevant professional experience
- Management of digital camera and audio recorder
- Experience in the realization of audiovisual products
- Strong writing, editing, and communications skills; experience in developing print and digital communications materials
- Willingness and ability to conduct training sessions on effective communications
- Sound knowledge of digital and social media
- Person with creativity, sound judgement and ability to work both independently and in a team
- Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, etc.
Cuso International Honduras
The Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program in Honduras will increase the capacity of community based and other civil society organizations, private companies and organizations as well as government to deliver innovative and sustainable/inclusive development results for poor and marginalized communities, women and youth. Our program will focus on two projects: A Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) project, which focuses on increased security for women and girls; and the Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) project, which focuses on improving access to employment (either formal or informal) that increases security, income and working conditions, particularly for youth and women including the development of entrepreneurship and inclusive businesses, and the development of value chains. Environmental sustainability, gender equality and social inclusion and good governance are cross-cutting themes of all our projects.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.