05 Jan Volunteer Communications Coordinator – Cambodia

Are you looking for a transformational opportunity? Do you want to expand your skillset, while contributing to an innovative development project? Do you have an interest in global health or projects with a focus on women and children? If so, the position below might be just what you are looking for!


Role: Communications Coordinator
Partner: ADRA Cambodia
Location: Rovieng District, Preah Vihear province, Cambodia
Travel: Position includes daily travel within the project’s 168 villages and to the ADRA Cambodia head office in Phnom Penh up to a once a month
Duration: 5 months
Start Date: March – May 2018
Eligibility Requirements: Volunteer must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Application deadline: Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the position is filled



EMBRACE is a four-year project designed to improve the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) of vulnerable women, girls and boys in Cambodia, the Philippines and Myanmar through improving access to essential health services, building the capacity of local health workers, and providing community education programs. Funded in part by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, EMBRACE is a project led by ADRA Canada and implemented in partnership Youth Challenge International (YCI) and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (HDC).

About the opportunity

EMBRACE Cambodia is seeking a results-oriented Communications Coordinator with experience developing effective communications materials, preparing and delivering presentations and leveraging PR and media to create public engagement and awareness. The volunteer will work collaboratively with the EMBRACE Cambodia team to document the program’s activities, benefits and impacts for families and communities throughout Cambodia. The volunteer will leverage photography, video, and journalistic story telling to communicate the impacts of the project to donors, partners, and stakeholders.

The volunteer will be based at EMBRACE project office in Rovieng and will live and work overseas in Cambodia for the duration of the role. ADRA Philippines is a Seventh-day Adventist faith-based organization, employing professionals from different faiths. The volunteer is expected to respect and reflect the values and lifestyle of the organization while in the field.

What you will be doing:

  • Develop and execute a communications plan to create project awareness and deliver on key objectives;
  • Collect information and stories from program locations to document the key project interventions and the positive impacts of PD Hearth, Safe Delivery, WASH, home gardening for dietary diversity, and other participatory methods;
  • Create new and compelling media content for use by ADRA Cambodia and ADRA Canada;
  • Build the capacity of local staff members to identify, curate, plan, and deliver communications content and presentation techniques to external audiences;
  • Champion the integration of new methods of journalistic storytelling to integrate into the project qualitative monitoring and evaluation plans as needed;
  • Work with the project management team to identify communications information that can be integrated into the project reporting process including activity process and progress documentation;
  • Perform other duties as designated by the supervisor as needed.

What you need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, public relations or a related field, or equivalent experience;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with with the ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex issues to the public;
  • Basic photography and videography skills;
  • Experience with a variety of communications media, including email, social, online, and traditional communications channels;
  • Demonstrated experience effectively documenting processes;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work autonomously or in groups with initiative to improve work processes;
  • Self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail;
  • Flexible and adaptable to a challenging and high-pressure working environment and unpredictable workload;
  • A passion for social justice and community service delivery;
  • Experience travelling, living, working or volunteering abroad;
  • Willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings.

What we offer:

This is a five-month subsidized skilled volunteer position. YCI will provide the volunteer with:

  • Pre-departure training and debrief in Toronto (including travel and accommodation)
  • In-country orientation
  • Return airfare and visa/permit fees
  • Vaccinations allowance (up to $300 CDN)
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Support and mentorship while in country
  • $1,200 CAD/month stipend to cover accommodation, food, work-related communication and transportation

YCI does not cover the following:

  • Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Social activities
  • Personal travel

How to get involved:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please complete our volunteer application form. We thank all applicants for their interest, but will only contact those that have been selected for an interview. We will not accept any phone calls about this position.

About us:

Youth Challenge International (YCI) is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Over the past 25 years, YCI has supported youth-led initiatives and volunteer engagement with over 250,000 youth in 13 countries around the world. YCI’s programs are a unique and effective opportunity for individuals to participate in development programming. By combining the energy and skills of volunteers with local youth and partners, YCI provides volunteers with the opportunity to contribute to innovative programming while developing personal and professional skills.


Note: Program participation is completely voluntary and is by no means and shall not be construed as an employment contract and that he or she is not entitled to claim for any wages, indemnity, payment, notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice of termination, or any other benefits and agrees that he or she may not be considered as an employee under employment laws including the Act respecting, Labour Standards and the Civil Code of Quebec.