Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from on-site volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting in one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Bolivia
Start Date May - Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 2 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Cover letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Cuso International Bolivia is looking for someone like you to be their e-volunteer and help build and maintain an interactive social media presence for Cuso International in Bolivia.
You'll get the chance to dive into the work being done in Bolivia so that you may successfully create content for all their social media platforms and highlight Cuso International Bolivia's online presence on a constant basis.
Currently, we use media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube. You'll be working in collaboration with our Program Manager in Bolivia and our Communications Manager - Latin American and the Caribbean, to develop online materials based on the needs and activities of Cuso International Bolivia. The objective is for you to successfully increase the awareness in our volunteers' work as well as the impact that our partner organizations in Bolivia are making in their own communities, contributing to our overall brand awareness. As you might expect, this is the perfect online placement for a communications guru with a high level of both Spanish and English!
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Prepare online publications in Spanish on our dedicated partner organizations and the work the volunteers are doing.
- Ensure all materials developed are gender-inclusive.
- Develop guidance materials and training to internal staff for on-going maintenance of the social media platforms.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Higher education degree in graphic design, marketing, communications, media, or another related field or experience.
Essential Professional Background:
- Minimum 1 year of experience working in marketing with a focus on content strategy and development
- Advanced design skills required (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator)
- Good communication & presentation skills. Computer savvy: PowerPoint, Word and Excel
- Ability to draft copy and create long and short form content.
- Knowledge on how to publish across multiple channels – web, blogs, search, social, email, etc. will be highly valuable.
Cuso International Bolivia
Cuso International Bolivia has been operating for over 40 years with local partners supporting development through the efforts of professional volunteers from Canada and Latin America. During the 2015-2019 period, Cuso International Bolivia is working under the Volunteer Opportunities for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) Project. Within this project, Cuso International Bolivia is focusing on two project areas: 1) Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) and 2) Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).
Tips for working in an online environment are available in our E-volunteering Toolkit found on our website, http://www.cusointernational.org/docs/default-source/publications/Training-Resources/e-volunteering-toolkit.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Based on approval, we will provide reimbursement for communications expenses related to your placement, such as Skype minutes, photocopying, and mail. We will reimburse to a maximum amount of $20 per month, with receipts, to a maximum of $100 for the length of the placement. Long-distance telephone call expenses will not be covered.
Technical requirements and considerations: E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience will be required for this placement.
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