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Rebuild Nepal Communications Volunteer

In April of this year a magnitude-7.8 earthquake and a series of powerful aftershocks have struck Nepal near its capital city, Kathmandu. Homes and buildings have been flattened, leaving thousands of lives lost and thousands more homeless. Habitat's disaster response teams are coordinating response operations with local government agencies and disaster relief partners. On May 12, a second massive earthquake hit Nepal only two weeks after the first earthquake that displaced 2.8 million people. To help, Habitat for Humanity is removing rubble and debris and plans to help 20,000 families with transitional and permanent shelter assistance.

Habitat for Humanity Nepal (HFHN) is seeking a flexible, energetic, and detail-oriented individual to volunteer in communications with the Habitat for Humanity Nepal office to be based at the national office in Kathmandu. We are looking for someone to commit to a 3 month minimum term of service with frequent travel to earthquake-affected communities. The volunteer will be supervised locally in Nepal by the Associate Director of Disaster Response for Asia/Pacific and report cross-functionally to the Asia/Pacific Director of Communications, based out of the Philippines.


  • Responsible for sourcing and employing professional photographer to document Habitat for Humanity’s response operations with a target of one day per week.
  • Bi-weekly preparation of Situation Reports and uploaded reports to the disaster response portal.
  • Accompany photographer to collect content-rich beneficiary stories to match up with photography, ensure comprehensive captions and credits are provided for all photographs, and ensure everything uploaded to the disaster response portal. The target will be 2-3 beneficiary stories per week and 10-15 photos.
  • Support collection of information for updating of key messages/FAQs document with a bi-weekly target.
  • Present and write ideas for opinion pieces, blogs and media releases.
  • Serve with HFH Nepal staff to contact media in Nepal and share communications collaterals, arranging media trips as able.

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT: Volunteer is needed ASAP for at least 3 months.


Habitat for Humanity started working in Nepal in 1997. In the eight years to 2005, Habitat for Humanity Nepal helped 830 families to build decent housing. In a strategic decision to increase its impact, HFH Nepal began to leverage on partnerships with non-government organizations, microfinance institutions, and village lending and savings groups. In June 2011, HFH Nepal celebrated its 10,000th family served and by mid-2014, more than 54,000 families have been helped. Learn more at

The housing need in Nepal:

Not counting the devastating effects of the recent earthquakes, at least 40,000 urban housing units in Nepal are required annually between 2011 and 2021, according to a study done by UN-HABITAT at the request of the Nepali government. The 2010 study, “Nepal Urban Housing Sector Profile”, stated that soaring land prices and increasing rural-urban migration made it difficult for the poor to afford housing, especially in the fast-growing urban areas. About 10 percent of urban dwellers in Nepal are squatters and the number is set to rise.


Habitat for Humanity Nepal will offer basic housing accommodations to eligible volunteers for the duration of service.

Volunteers are responsible for covering their own costs during their term of service that include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Incidentals
  • Healthcare/medical costs
  • Must provide own laptop

  • Fluent in English.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience working in a communications capacity in a disaster zone.
  • Internal communications/media relations experience.
  • Excellence oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural setting and high degree of flexibility and ability to operate well in a high-stress, fluid environment.
  • Volunteer experience.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Internet, Email).
  • Basic construction experience preferred, but not required.
About Habitat:

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity has an Administrative Headquarters based in Atlanta, an Operational Headquarters based in Americus, Georgia, and Area Office bases of operations in Manila, Philippines for our Asia and Pacific work, San Jose, Costa Rica for our Latin American and Caribbean work and Bratislava, Slovakia for our Europe, the Middle East and Africa work.

Habitat for Humanity engages people of all ages and backgrounds in addressing community needs.

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Region: Asia & the Pacific
Job Position Type: International Volunteer
Job Function: Communications, Disaster Response, International Programs, International National Organization
Job Position Category: Volunteer Opportunity
Travel: 50%
Last Updated: 08-Jun-2015
Auto Req ID: 989BR
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