Volunteer – Haiti – Communications Fellow

Communications Fellowship

Project Perpetual Help Haiti

Help significantly those affected by the earthquake and other disasters in  Haiti. Contribute to the development and implementation of Project Perpetual Help Haiti. Become a member of the newly established CTF-SOS DRS community in Port au Prince where we live, work and worship together.

Overview:  SOS DRS (SOS Doctors) is an international, Catholic, non-profit disaster relief organization based in the US (http://sosdrs.org/). It is presently serving in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, cholera epidemic, and hurricane that devastated a country already experiencing chronic poverty.  SOS DRS seeks an enthusiastic, well-qualified individual with a journalism and/or communications background for a 6-month fellowship in Port au Prince, Haiti.  Selected candidates will share in the work of SOS DRS through communicating information about its relief activities  to an international audience.

The candidate must also desire to become a member of the newly established SOS DRS community in Port au Prince where we live, work and worship together in an intentional community. The person should plan to arrive in Haiti no later than July 2011.

Skills Required: The organization seeks a communication fellow who is people-oriented, creative, flexible, hardworking, trustworthy, and a team player.  Ability to communicate in English very well (both written and verbal) is essential. He/she must also have strong computer software skills (MS Word and Excel at a minimum) and be comfortable with navigating the internet; using e-mail; working with a blog and social networking modalities; taking photos and video; writing articles for the organization’s website; news releases. Knowledge of French and/or the Creole language would be very helpful. Previous missionary experience is a plus. Good health is required. .

Reporting: The communications fellow work under the supervision of the project coordinator, Fr. Scott Binet, or an appointed assistant. He/she must show a willingness to live the mission of CTF-SOS DRS.

Additional: An accepted candidate will have regular access to the internet and be provided with the necessary tools to do his/her work. Similarly, the candidate will have the opportunity to study Kreyol in an organized classroom setting and participate in other ministries associated with the project including visiting/helping the poor and sick in the setting of a camp for internally displaced people and in a hospital setting in collaboration with our neighbors, the Missionaries of Charity.

Specifics: An initial interview will be conducted by telephone or in person if possible. The applicant will be expected to submit a CV/resume prior to the interview and 2 pieces of written work. Once accepted for the position, the applicant will undergo a brief period of orientation/preparation and then fly to Port au Prince, Haiti to reside in the community. Expenses related to travel and room and board will be covered by SOS DRS.  Personal expenses will be the responsibility of the volunteer.

For questions or to submit your CV/resume, please e-mail Fr. Scott at fatherscott@ctfmercy.org or call him on SKYPE – fr.scottbinet.

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