Volunteer Position - Communication and Media Specialist | CARE Laos
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Communication and Media Specialist | CARE, Laos

Vets Without Borders is looking for a Communication and Media Specialist volunteer to work with CARE International in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

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Volunteer Placement Details

Position Title: Communication and Media Specialist

Country: Lao PDR

Location: Vientiane

Partner Organization: CARE International

Duration: 6 months (flexible)

Start Date: June to September 2023 (or upon availability)

Pre-departure Training: VWB/VSF will provide training orientation.

Eligibility: Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language: English (essential). Willingness to study Lao as additional language.

Academic Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in communications, media relations, or another related field

Fundraising: VWB/VSF encourages each volunteer to raise funds towards the organization’s operations.

Volunteer Terms & Conditions 

VWB/VSF covers most of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Return airfare to placement country 
  • Visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication, and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple housing, basic food requirements, and other typical monthly living expenses.

Volunteer Application: Communications and Media Specialist, CARE, Lao PDR

Our Commitment 

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontière is an equal opportunity employer and values the diversity of our team.

We are committed to inclusive and equitable employment practices and strive to create a workplace that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. VWB/VSF Canada welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure an equitable hiring process. Thank you for your interest in VWB/VSF Canada.

Overall Goal

The Communication and Media Specialist leads the internal and external communication and media initiatives, working collaboratively with the program department.


The volunteer will ensure that the project results and impact are clearly communicated, distributed, and promoted to a variety of audiences. Strong focus will be placed on developing content in innovative formats, including working to facilitate credible and authentic voices from various communities from ethnic women and girls to donor, staff, and partners.

  • To support various activities related to the Green Action through Media and Civil Society in Laos (GAMCIL) project activities
  • To support the communication and media relations activities through the organization, including education and advocacy
  • Work closely with the program team to support the design of key messages, IEC materials, or media productions including for advocacy purpose

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.



  •  At least 2 years of experience working in the development sector
  • Experience in engaging with community development through communications activities
  • Experience with different stakeholders/partners including donors, government, and international development partners
  • Representational skills including developing networks and relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality and a commitment to CARE’s approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrated high level organizational and time management skills, including the ability to plan and manage workflows and balance competing priorities to ensure timely processing to meet deadlines in a complex environment
  • Demonstrated characteristics in honesty, reliability, trustworthiness with the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
  • Willingness to study Lao as additional language and maximize the opportunities to communicate effectively to increased learning objectives


  • Previous international work/volunteer experience in Laos or other developing countries
  • Willingness to work in remote and difficult to access areas
  • Oversee the implementation as well as increasing understanding of project staff on communication strategies and plans and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) framework
  • Support reviewing, proofreading, and formatting consistency of documents and key contents utilised for reports, social media, and marketing

About the Project: VETS

Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS), funded through the Volunteer Cooperation Program at Global Affairs Canada, will engage 190 volunteers to work with local partner organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Volunteers will help create integrated animal health systems to increase the livelihoods and household nutrition of small-scale farmers. The VETS program utilizes the skills of volunteers to build local partner capacity to support community members, primarily women, to reduce poverty. Through improved production of livestock and crops, volunteers help improve family income and nutrition.

The VETS program is built around the One Health concept, which recognizes that the health of people, animals, and the natural environment are interconnected. This project promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development.

Learn More About The VETS Project

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 percent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers. However, small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services.

Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock that provides important protein and/or income for low-income households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) works for and with communities in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal and public health.

VWB/VSF provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal and public health professionals.

Learn More About VWB

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