Communications Officer - UN Women

Closing Date: 15 October 2023

Category: Marketing, Communication & Multi Media

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 
VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 

Volunteering with VSA 

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is not your typical volunteering agency.  We are committed to building sustainable communities across the Pacific. If you’re an experienced communications professional looking for an extraordinary overseas experience in the Pacific to build into your field of expertise - then read on, as we have an exciting opportunity in store for you working alongside UN Women in Fiji.
Our Partner Organisation - UN Women-Fiji Multi Country Office (MCO)
UN Women’s Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) works with governments and civil society organisations across 14 Pacific Island countries and territories to address gender inequality, empower women and build more inclusive societies.
UN Women Fiji MCO focuses on delivering on four interlinked programme areas underpinned by support for intergovernmental and normative processes:
  • Governance and Participation in Public Life (GPPL)
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)
  • Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG)
  • Peace, Security, Humanitarian and Resilience (PSHR) 
The Assignment
In this assignment the VSA Volunteer - Communications Officer (CO) will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Communications and Media Specialist in the Multi-Country Office (MCO), in close collaboration with the UN Women Representative and communication officers in programme teams.

The Volunteer will support the provision of strategic communications advice and capacity building to ensure that teams can effectively implement the corporate communications strategy and other UN Women media, social media, and communications guidelines and protocols.

To achieve this, the VSA Volunteer will provide technical advice and capacity building on communications and advocacy activities to influence the development agenda, promote public and media outreach, and mobilise political and financial support for UN Women.

Examples of capacity building and technical advice may include training on effective media relations, developing social media campaigns, and crafting compelling messaging on gender issues.

The Volunteer
Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community. You will need to be patient, flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 

We're looking for a volunteer with the following:

  • Master’s degree in journalism, Communications, International Relations, Social Sciences or other relevant subject and/or bachelor’s degree or equivalent in fields outlined.
  • Significant work experience in media and communications
  • At least 3 to 4 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy.
  • Training and capacity-building experience.
  • High-quality written and verbal communication skills
Previous experience as communications officer in a social development field and/or working in the Pacific is desirable.

The Country - Fiji
Fiji is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, renowned for its stunning natural beauty and warm hospitality.  The capital, Suva, is a vibrant urban centre located on the southeastern coast of Fiji's largest island Viti Levu.  With a rich blend of Fijian, Indian, European, and Chinese cultures, Suva is a diverse and multicultural hub and encapsulates the spirit of Fiji combining tradition with modernity. 

Since 2013, VSA begun sending volunteers to Fiji through our Business Development partnerships with international agencies. One of our key partner organisations based in Fiji is UN Women. VSA volunteers have supported this organisation working in climate change, Convention for Ending Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) reporting, communications, monitoring and evaluation and ending violence against women.

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • 12-month volunteer opportunity in Fiji
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Opportunity to work with fantastic organisation and make a real difference.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.