Communications Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to leverage the achievement and impact of Junior Achievement Costa Rica with a solid communication strategy that allows the organization to continue growing and evolving. Junior Achievement (JA) is non-profit organization affiliated with the Junior Achievement Worldwide International Network. Globally, for over 100 years JA has been committed to support the world's youth and prepare them for a better future. In Costa Rica, JA has promoted a number of programs for over 30 years through the contribution of corporate partners, individuals and volunteers who share the same dream. Most of the programs consist of modules that develop aspects of entrepreneurship, employability and financial education. To date, the JA office does not have a proper systematization of media use and promotion. The organization also has significant gaps in branding, use of social networks, creation of media content and website development. The Peace Corps Volunteer will be fully integrated with the Junior Achievement Costa Rica work team, and will contribute to the management of multimedia content, administration of social networks and Website, the support of events and the fulfillments of administrative duties.

A PCRV with at least 2 years of professional experience in the design and implementation of institutional communication strategies and an intermediate level of Spanish is needed to serve as a Communications Specialist. As the Communication Specialist, the Response Volunteer will be responsible for carrying out, designing and beginning the implementation of an institutional communication strategy for the next 5 years. By the end of the PCRV service there should be established manuals and standards that will allow staff and future volunteers to continue developing the communication strategy for Junior Achievement.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Costa Rica together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Junior Achievement Costa Rica (Asociación de Empresarios Juveniles de Costa Rica)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s or technical degree in a field related to Advertising, Communication, Graphic Design, Marketing, Digital Marketing, Journalism or Media Management.
• 2 years of professional experience in the design and implementation of institutional communication strategies or similar.
• Intermediate level of Spanish as a second language. Your immediate work team can communicate in English but Spanish will be needed to communicate with other relevant groups (donors, students, teachers, etc.) as well as for daily life interactions (getting to work, buying groceries, developing local relationships, etc.). Most communicational materials will need to be produced in Spanish, for which the Volunteer will have the support of the work team.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Costa Rica

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Medical Considerations

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