Volunteer Communications & Media Manager
DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Job Description

DAKTARI is looking for someone who is eager to tell our story to the world, someone who loves to wordsmith, and someone with an eye for graphic design. The communications & media manager is the voice of DAKTARI and we are looking for someone excited to take on the challenge of describing our work to a big and variable audience in a fun and engaging way. The position is to start the 15th of February 2019 for a period between 6 to 9 months. 

Part of your role is tell everyone what is happening at DAKTARI every day. That means you have a front-row seat to all of the exciting things happening at the camp!

Your job will include:

  • Managing DAKTARI’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, including posting content daily
  • Writing and sending DAKTARI’s monthly newsletter and other campaign emails
  • Managing DAKTARI’s partnership with GlobalGiving, including:
    • Updating project pages when necessary
    • Completing quarterly project reports
    • Thanking donors by email
    • Strategically planning and executing fundraising campaigns
  • Creating media and marketing content for DAKTARI including brochures, merchandise, photos, and videos
  • Maintaining DAKTARI’s brand across all promotional materials and enforcing its use throughout the organisation
  • Updating and improving DAKTARI’s website with SEO and Google Ads

Criteria:

  • You must be comfortable working with Mac computers
  • You must be able to meet deadlines and manage your time well
  • You must have strong writing skills and be able to work independently 
  • Previous marketing or communications experience is strongly preferred
  • Experience with Adobe software is strongly preferred, specifically Photoshop and/or Fireworks
  • Photography experience and/or experience making videos a huge plus

WORKING CONDITIONS

The project is based in the middle of the bush. There is no electricity in the camp but we have solar power and wifi for computers. You will live in a family atmosphere and a beautiful area. You must be able to adapt to group life and to be away from the city.

Many challenges will occur, as the days are never the same. On many occasions, you will be in contact with underprivileged children who have not the same culture as you have. You must be an understanding and adaptable person.

As mentioned above, you will work Monday until Friday, 8 hours a day, as the Marketing manager you should be able to organize your hours flexible. Everyday Saturday, any volunteer can go to town to do shopping, enjoy a lunch in a restaurant or do an excursion. DAKTARI also proposes extra-mural trips as visiting the famous Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon etc.

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

You will be accommodated in a chalet. The accommodations are based on the project site, on a 600 hectares private game reserve. There is no electricity on the farm but we have solar power in the office and in the central camp for the need of the computers, refrigerators, lights, laundry etc.

The rooms/chalets are basic but very comfortable. We try to give as much privacy as possible to long-term volunteers but you might have to share a room with other volunteers. Your laundry is done for you and you will have internet access for your private use. The rooms have toilets and shower with hot water.

There are animal enclosures around the camp and you must be prepared to be in contact with them. There are also wild animals in the private game reserve.

EXPENSES INFORMATION

The volunteer will not be responsible for the food expenses, accommodation and travel costs for work purposes. These are provided by the organisation. 

You will be required to pay R 1 000 per month in advance (R 6 000 for 6 months). We will refund you the full amount at a rate of R 1 000 per month. However, if you decide to cut short your stay, we will keep the amount for the non-honored months. For example, if you stay three months instead of 6 months DAKTARI will keep R 3 000.

For the extra-mural trips organized during weekends, you will have to pay for your entrance fees and participate to the fuel expenses. You pay for you own lunch when you join the volunteers on Saturday in town.

We request that you take a week off every second month. Therefore you will have to budget for this expense (e.g. Accommodation, food, transport).

Please contact the consulat of South Africa in your home country to find modalities for the volunteer visa application. 

The client is happy to conduct telephone interviews for overseas candidates.