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Communication Advisor

12 Month | Start Date between Jul - Sep 2017

Honduras - General

Location:  Toronto  

City  Gracias

Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English, Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

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


The Volunteer’s Role


Our partner, Fundación Vida in Honduras is currently developing a new youth project on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Western part of the country. This project is a five year partnership between USAID and Fundación Vida, with the contribution of other environmental organizations in Honduras. The objective of the project is to create a new organization that would train youth in natural resources management, leadership, etc., in order to provide them with new employment opportunities and create active citizenship in the field of environmental conservation.

Come work with Fundación Vida and create a new generation of environmental workers and support the economic development of the western region of Honduras! As a Communication Advisor, you will take part in engaging diverse audiences in Honduras, as well as overseas, to educate share learning, successes and best practices, elevate the voices of the communities they serve. You will be coordinating the communication strategy of the project including the development of high-quality, enticing and powerful communications materials to promote the exciting work being done in the communities!

You will be working with another volunteer and the project staff in Gracias, department of Lempiras. You will work out of the beautifully located office of the Centro de Ecoturismo Monte Horeb.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Carry out a quantitative and qualitative communications diagnostic/research to define a communication strategy

- Develop a short and medium-term country-specific communications strategy for the project

- Create information/communication tools

- Support the implementation of the country-specific communications strategy, including the delivery of communications and media training for the team

- Support Fundacion Vida in drawing lessons learned from the project, capitalizing experiences and sharing conclusions

- Accomplish any other related tasks that might be necessary for the completion of the volunteer’s mandate, as required by Fundacion Vida

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or equivalent experience

Essential Professional Background:

- 4-5 years of relevant professional experience

- Experience in developing and implementing communications strategies

- Strong writing, editing, and communications skills; experience in developing print and digital communications materials

- Experience conducting training sessions on effective communications

- Working knowledge of digital and social media

- Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines


About Our Partner


Fundacion Hondureña de Ambiente y Desarrollo Vida

Fundación Vida is a non-profit organization based out of Honduras that focuses on environmental sustainability in relation to development. Fundación Vida emphasizes its local efforts on management issues of protected areas, watershed management, education and conservation on water practices, as well as municipal environmental management.

These issues are considered to be the main driving forces behind the organization working both nationally and internationally. Fundación Vida supports hundreds of local organizations with the same vision. This is accomplished by forming multiple alliances with international support agencies, non-profit civil society organizations, private companies and universities, who promotes a more holistic and participatory development.

Fundación Vida partnered with Cuso Honduras to implement campaigns highlighting the significance of corporate social responsibility amongst corporations. Additionally, both Cuso and Fundación Vida would like to implement workshops supporting local farmers grow and sustain crops in drought stricken areas along the border of Honduras and El Salvador as well as the border with Nicaragua.

Mission:We are a non-profit organization of civil society, self-managed, which facilitates processes of socio-environmental improvement, generating skills and capabilities with local, national and international strategic partners, through the transparent administration of financial and non-financial, contributing to the implementation of policies on environmental issues.

To fulfill this mission, Fundacion Vida provides three specialized services: i) fund management, ii) facilitation of projects and iii) advocacy

Vision:Being a leader and proactive organization in socio-environmental issues with an impact at national and regional level; specializing in the articulation and implementation of initiatives of environmental, social and corporate responsibility, promoting integral human development.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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

- 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



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.