Field Storyteller Specialist : Volunteer in Peru!


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Country officeLima, PE

About

About CMMB

CMMB is an international NGO providing long-term, co-operative medical and development aid to communities affected by poverty and unequal access to healthcare. For over a century, CMMB has worked to strengthen and support communities through healthcare programs and initiatives, the distribution of medicines and medical supplies, and the placement of volunteers.

CMMB’s Volunteer Program addresses the critical need for professionals in areas that lack sufficient resources for quality preventive and curative health services, especially for women and children. Our Volunteer Program has placed thousands of practitioners around the world to help develop and implement community health interventions, work at local hospitals and health facilities, conduct clinical training for host country counterparts, and deliver essential medicines and supplies. The ultimate goal of CMMB's Volunteer Program is to support our country teams and local healthcare workers by sending volunteers that are dedicated to strengthening local health systems and supporting a pattern of sustainable development.

We believe in a world in which health and human dignity are shared by all.

We believe that access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. For more than 100 years, we have worked with global partners to deliver locally sustainable, quality healthcare solutions to women, children, and their communities. We’re ready to make it 100 more.

We believe change starts with her.

We work tirelessly for women’s and children’s health because they are disproportionately affected by illness and poverty. We know that healthy, educated, and empowered women are better able to raise healthy, educated, and confident children, and that communities depend on their livelihoods.

We believe in people.

We strive to live out our core values of collaboration, love, excellence, and respect every day. We provide our volunteers with a meaningful volunteer package, and the opportunities to learn, grow, and leave a longstanding legacy. We especially encourage all persons of diverse backgrounds to apply.

In 2016, CMMB:

  • Assisted 57,282pregnant women
  • Provided health services to 541,575people
  • Placed 686 volunteers in 18 countries
  • Trained2,741 health workers
  • Provided critical health services to 171,337children

Delivered medicines & medical supplies valued at $359million

About Peru

Peru’s recent economic growth hides unjust social inequalities. Development has by‐passed the remote rural regions and chronic malnutrition among children is common. These factors are driven by food insecurities, poverty and inaccessibility to health services. CMMB Peru’s project activities are committed to further reducing malnutrition, anemia, and other determinants of maternal and child morbidity.

CMMB Peru health projects focus on improving the health and nutrition of women, children, and their communities in underserved and marginalized areas including:

  • Distrito Macate, Provincia del Santa, Region Ancash
  • Distrito de Chilca, Provincia de Huancayo, Region Junín
  • Distrito La Esperanza, Provincia de Trujillo, Region La Libertad

The CHAMPS model, a strategic initiative, is utilized to meet this goal. This model is composed of three main objectives:

  • Improving quality and access to healthcare
  • Improving health conditions: water, sanitation, and nutrition
  • Promoting economic development

CMMB Peru meets these objectives through the implementation of different projects and activities, including:

  • The First 1,000 Days Project
    • Health and nutrition for children under five, and pregnant women
    • WASH - water, sanitation and hygiene
    • Animal husbandry programs to promote economic self-sufficiency
  • Support from Bon Secour Sisters and domestic and international volunteers
  • Rehabilitation for children with disabilities

The First 1000 Days Project trains health professionals and community health workers, advises parents on child and family health and nutrition, promotes safe water and sanitation practices, and provides nutritional supplementation to underweight and malnourished children. The project also supports and addresses barriers to economic self‐sufficiency through animal husbandry projects using locally appropriate livestock including guinea pigs, ducks, and quail eggs.

CHAMPS Peru complements existing community-based programs designed to improve maternal and child health. The initiative will expand on and diversify existing interventions to focus on integrated management of neonatal and child illnesses and prevention and screening for cervical cancer and diabetes, with greater coordination among local social actors.

Key Facts

  • Population : 31,377,000 (Source: UN, 2015)
  • Life Expectancy : 74 (Source: UN, 2010-2015)
  • Maternal Mortality Rate : 68 per 100,000 (100th in the world) (Source: WHO, 2015)
  • Under-5 Mortality Rate : 17 per 1,000 (96th in the world) (Source: UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, 2015)

Country Offices: Huancayo & Trujillo, Peru

  • Learn More About Huancayo: https://cmmb.org/champs-community/huancayo-peru/
  • Learn More About Trujillo: https://cmmb.org/champs-community/trujillo-peru/

Position Description:

Everyone has a story.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have their story heard.

The role of the story gatherer and teller in the field is a key role for our organization. It gives voice to the too often voiceless. It gives people the chance to have their stories heard. These stories are the most important for our community. It allows gives our donors, partners, and friends the chance to see how far their generosity travels and the very real impact it is having for women and children in the communities that we serve. The stories you will gather will also help to highlight the work that still needs to be done. They will include stories of tragedy and loss, as well as hope and possibility.

The story gatherer will forage for stories. Sometimes they will be easy to find and other times they will reveal themselves in the most unlikely of places. It is about knowing where and how to look. But first and most importantly, it means knowing how to LISTEN. The key to any good story teller is his/her ability to listen to another person’s story.

Your Role:

Gathering & Telling Stories: In words, pictures, and video. This may include blogging, storytelling, capturing photos and videos etc. Your role will including:

  • Acting as our "in-field reporter" collecting compelling stories about our beneficiaries, programs and projects, staff, and volunteers
  • Managing field programs content development for integrated fundraising/marketing campaigns and communications channels
  • Researching and preparing questions, and conducting interviews with beneficiaries, partners, staff, and volunteers
  • Collecting stories that will be shared on our website, emails, quarterly and annual reports, e-newsletters, press releases, and social media, to help get the stories of the beneficiaries to our growing community. These stories will also help to increase CMMB’s visibility and fundraising
  • Taking photos and videos
  • Processing, organizing, and archiving country office media library and sharing this content with the New York office (using Flickr, Wetransfer, or Dropbox)
    • appropriately tagging with key information (e.g. name, ages, context, situation, services CMMB is providing, etc) and sharing with headquarters
  • Develop local capacity in country offices and field teams to train on storytelling, photography and videography.
  • Other general support with marketing operations for field office and working closely with headquarters
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Required Skills/Experience

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Bachelor's degree, tertiary degree or higher in relevant fields - marketing, communications, journalism, photography, videography.
  • Preference for one year of experience in content production, communications, marketing, PR or strategy
  • Commitment to CMMB’s mission, vision and values
  • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally while navigating cultural and language barriers
  • Ability to be flexible and prioritize projects and tasks effectively (self-starter; take initiative)
  • Capacity to solve problems, able to identify needs, and develop solutions
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standards
  • Ability and willingness to provide and receive guidance and feedback to/from staff members
  • Familiar and interested in global health issues, especially maternal and child health
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office tools etc.
  • Skills and experience with WordPress, and Photoshop
  • Willingness to endure resource-limited working conditions and working some evenings/weekends
  • Proficiency in English; strong communication skills
  • Spanish fluency required in Peru
  • French or Creole required for Haiti

Expenses & Conditions:

Volunteers who serve 6-12 MONTHS: CMMB will provide roundtrip ticket to placement site, housing, stipend for meals/living expenses, and insurance. Volunteers are expected to cover part of the cost of their placement through fundraising/contributions.

Contact & Application:

Apply online at www.cmmb.org/volunteer

Skills

  • Advertising
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Operations

Good Match For

Teens

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6-12 Months
  • CMMB provides housing, stipends and insurance. Volunteers are to cover part of the placement cost.

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