Overseas Communications Adviser – Solomon Islands
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.
The Solomon Islands are situated in the South West pacific and are made up of over 922 islands, atolls and cays. There is a huge disparity of availability of clean water and sanitation supplies between urban and rural areas, with nearly 70 per cent of the population lacking access. Solomon Islands Water Authority (Solomon Water) was established in 1993, their aim is to provide reliable and safe water and sewerage services within its areas of operation. They work in partnership with the community to plan, deliver and implement infrastructure that seeks to minimise the social and environmental impact.
Currently Solomon Water is at a stage where it needs to secure more loan and grant money in order to continue its work and update its services. The Communications team will be the driving force behind engaging stakeholders to ensure a smooth implementation of major projects is completed and new initiatives achieved.
In this assignment you will support the communications team in providing clear accessible water related information to community members. This will be achieved through reviewing and improving the current strategy, developing comms templates and materials, developing processes to improve monitoring and evaluation and one to one mentoring of staff to build their capability and confidence.
This is an opportunity for someone with a strong Comms background to make a real difference to a worthy and important organisation.
We are looking for a volunteer with:
– Proven experience developing best practice communications materials
– Proven experience developing and implementing communications strategies
– Proven experience as mentor and coach
– Excellent communications skills
– Experience developing communications materials appropriate for different education levels and skill sets
– Proven leadership skills including the ability to negotiate sensitive and complex issues with various stakeholders and communities
See assignment description here: https://vsa.org.nz/assets/Assignment-Descriptions-2019-2020/41343-SOL-Communications-Adviser-FINAL.pdf
VSA’s response to COVID-19:
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.
Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.
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