Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Job Opportunity at VSO- Communication Adviser Dar Es Salaam

Location: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Application Closing Date: 8 Apr 2019

Interview date: To be announced

Start date: 6th May 2019

VSO is the world's leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you'll live and work in some of the world's poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you'll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We're not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

The ideal person for this role is somebody who has a background in communications and Tanzania media contacts. With a requirement to undertake stakeholder and marketing material s audits, in order to make recommendations that can be developed into a communications plan for VSO Tanzania to communicate cost effectively to both its internal and external stakeholders .If you are passionate about using your communication and training skills to demonstrate the positive change VSO has made in Tanzania, and keen to travel the country, in order to visit the projects, you are the ideal candidate!

Skills, qualifications and experience

Qualifications: Bachelor or Master's degree in Mass Communication, Journalism and Public relations or a relevant discipline.


  • Two years of relevant experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Desk and qualitative research skills
  • Understanding of multimedia communications
  • Sound working knowledge of digital and social media
  • Presentation and influencing skills in order to obtain buy-in of recommendations


  • Understanding of the development sector and key stakeholder
  • Experience of excel database build
  • Design and publishing experience

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

Ability to be open minded and respectful
Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
Ability to seek and share knowledge
Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We've gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That's why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

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