Veterinarians without Borders – Communications/ICT Specialist.

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Job Title: Communications/ICT Specialist

Project: Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS)

Country: Kenya

Partner Organization: Meru Dairy Co-operative (MDC)

Placement Location: Kenya

Duration: 6 months

Start Date: April 2021 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure/ placement Training Dates: VWB covers the pre-placement training session

Eligibility Requirements: Open to Kenyan Citizens only

Overview

Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans frontières – Canada (VWB/VSF) is a charitable, humanitarian organization whose mission is to work for, and with, those in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. More information about the organization can be found at www.vetswithoutborders.ca.

VWB/VSF sends many Canadian volunteers overseas to work with partners help create integrated animal health systems. The Canadian volunteers include professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, animal nutritionists, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, and gender specialists. While universities, community organizations—even government agricultural extension workers benefit from this initiative, the primary focus is on improving the lives of small-scale livestock producers.

The Volunteers Engaged In Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) Project will directly improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries in Africa and Asia, through support to animal, human and environmental health (One Health) initiatives. The Project will use the skills of Canadian volunteers to support smallholder farmers, primarily women, to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition principally through improved production of livestock and crops. By working with local women’s organizations and associations, as well as local partners that work with and support the identified women’s groups, the Project will also help women assume greater leadership and control over their livelihoods. The Project is built around the One Health (OH) concept which recognizes that the health of people, animals and the natural environment are interconnected. It promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development. Between 2020 and 2027, Canadian volunteers will work with national volunteers and selected country partners in Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Laos, Senegal and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that benefit small scale farmers.

Overall Goal:

Support in analyzing ICT aiming to improve their processes with new or upgraded software or systems.

The Communications Specialist Volunteer will also assist with collecting information for report writing and proposal development and this will likely entail extensive writing.

Objectives:

  • Support the management of ICT related assets through budgeting, procurement and tracking.
  • Oversee the maintenance and use of communication equipment at the union and societies
  • Monitor developments and usage of communication equipment, applicable to the local
  • situation, and make recommendations to the relevant people and departments within the union.
  • Ensure the security and integrity of all the program information systems and data.
  • Support in development, if appropriate, relevant guidelines and policies e.g. online security, passwords, back-up procedures, anti-virus solutions, etc.
  • All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in IT-related field (Computer Science, Computer Networking,
  • Programming, and Information Systems)
  • College, Bachelors, or Masters-level program – OR WORKING EXPERIENCE – in a relevant field such as: Communications or Journalism in International Development, or; Development Studies, International Relations or Public Health with a strong focus on Communications

Desirable:

  • Able to define systems and approaches that are sustainable and relevant to the local context.
  • Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with work colleagues, service providers and other stakeholders.
  • Professional Background/Skills

Essential:

  • Some work experience in Communications, journalism, photography, and/or advocacy and dissemination
  • Ability to develop new systems for communication management
  • Literacy in Windows-based or MAC-based computer applications
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience is considered an asset

How to apply

Application Procedure

Please submit via email your resume/CV and a motivation letter to recruitment@vetswithoutborders.ca

Please note the following:

The subject line of your email should read “ICT/Communications Volunteer-Meru.”

The file name for your resume should read: “(last name)(first name) “Resume”

The file name for your cover letter should read: “(last name) (first name) Cover Letter”

(Your letter should state why you wish to be considered for the role and how you meet relevant skills)

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants invited to an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline is 8th April 2021

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