05 Jan Volunteer Communications Coordinator – Philippines


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 Philippines
Location: Goa, Camarines Sur, Philippines, with frequent travel to project locations
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 Philippines is seeking a results-oriented Communications Coordinator with strong story-telling and video production skills. The Communications Coordinator will support the project office in the Philippines to communicate the impacts of the project to donors, partners, and stakeholders. This includes the development and distribution of communication materials and other communication assignments for ADRA Philippines and ADRA Canada.

The volunteer will be based at EMBRACE project office in Goa and will live and work overseas in the Philippines 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:

  • Lead the development and delivery of accurate, clear, and compelling communication and media materials, including videos, human-interest stories, case studies and photos;
  • Proactively identify potential media stories from the field;
  • Communicate the project’s progress to all ADRA Philippines staff members and project partners through regular bulletins;
  • Archive communication materials, such as press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, etc.;
  • Maintain written, photographic and video documentation of workshops, seminars, campaigns, and other project events as necessary;
  • Represent ADRA Philippines at the Global EMBRACE Communications Sub-committee;
  • Perform other duties as designated by the Project Manager.

What you need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, public relations or a related field, or equivalent experience;
  • 1-3 years of related work or volunteer experience;
  • Excellent English speaking, writing and editing skills with the ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex issues to the public;
  • Multi-media production and editing expertise, including photos and videos;
  • Experience with a variety of communications media, including email, social, online, and traditional communications channels;
  • Advanced computer skills, including proficient use of photo and video editing software – experience working with Adobe Lightroom and Premiere Pro is required;
  • 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:

  • Predeparture 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 communications 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.