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Communication Advisor

12 Months | Start Date between Oct - Dec 2017


Location Condega,  Nicaragua

Start Date Oct - Dec 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 2

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


OCTUPAN is a community organization in Condega, who aims to accompany the families of small producer’s through a process of permanent reflection and organization with a strong focus on community equity. They work closely with the beneficiaries offering a wide range of support, with a very strong emphasis on gender and the environment as cross-cutting themes.

OCTUPAN is looking for a Communication Advisor with good understanding of internal and external communication processes to come and support the work they do. As the volunteer for this position, you will be asked to support the development of a communication strategy for the organization. You will help OCTUPAN structure their internal communication to ensure participation of the staff and also will help them develop their external communications to increase their visibility in the community.

The main objective of this placement is to contribute with the strengthening of OCTUPAN’s Communication proccesses with their internal and external audience.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Support Octupan in the development of a communication plan for internal and external communication

- Support Octupan in the implementation of a communication plan for internal and external communication

- Develop practical tools to be used in the field to feed the communication processes.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University degree communication or journalism

Essential Professional Background:

- 3 years of work experience in communication

- Experience in developing communication plans

- Experience managing social media


About Our Partner


Asociacion OCTUPAN

OCTUPAN develops and manages food security projects. The organization aims at incentivizing economic growth through highly-productive groups or groups that have the potential to become highly-productive. OCTUPAN’s main focus is the capacity building of both technical teams and the productive groups in Condega and Palacagüina, in order to increase local revenue and local employment. The association was formed in March 1998 and legally constituted in 2002.

OCTUPAN´s main purpose is to accompany the families of small producer’s through a process of permanent reflection and organization with a strong focus in community equity in order to contribute with the development process, improvement of agricultures and socio-economic system, and improvements in the people´s quality of life within the territories where it works.     

OCTUPAN has two main programs: "Production and Environment" and "Citizenship Promotion", both programs incorporate gender and environment as cross cutting themes.

Mission - Increase the capacities of rural families of Esteli and Madriz so that they are able to respond and solve their social and economic needs with sustainability, equity and self-management.

Vision - Octupan possesses a vision according to the changes of behavior it expects to achieve within its target population. Those changes include: target population has changed their attitude facing the different social problems and they are actively involved in the identification of solutions. The work of institutions have caused positive changes in the target population´s behavior which contributes to improve their personal, family and community relations.


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.