Location Kingston, Jamaica
Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English,
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The purpose of this placement is to support the Office of the Political Ombudsman (OPO) in drafting and implementing a structured communications plan. As the Communications Advisor, you will support the Office of the Political Ombudsman in developing a more robust communication plan aimed at addressing issues of good governance. The Office of the Political Ombudsman has been established in Jamaica since 2002 and has the responsibility to ensure “that every citizen and everyone in the country feels confident that they can have a political point of view, express that political point of view, and move about the country not being in any way restricted, intimidated or harmed as a result of their real or perceived political position.” The ombudsman has been described as “a protector of citizens of a country against the abuse of power and their human rights.”
Though the role of the office refers to it being political in nature, your role as the Communications Advisor will be helping to implement a communications strategy aimed more at promoting “good governance”. In this regard, you will support the implementation of the “Conversations with Young People Project”, which is part funded by the Canadian Government and is aimed at including young people on discussions relating to governance. The project is fairly new, and requires more communications support as the Office of the Political Ombusdman wants to take this project to more schools and youth groups across the island. As the Communications Advisor, you will also provide communications and social media training for staff and designing communications materials. As part of the sustainability approach the Communications Advisor will also be responsible for connecting the Office of the Political Ombudsman with other stakeholders-specifically youth groups in the promotion of good governance.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support design and implementation of the Conversations with Young Jamaicans Project.
- Support design/creation of videos that capture the work of the OPO which can be used in sensitizing stakeholders of practices of good governance
- Support in creating social media profile for the OPO; conduct training of staff in social media and prepare guidelines for social media use.
- Support the OPO in designing a consultative space for young people; this may include initial research into the requirements for such a space and recommendations for a model space.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, or formal training in communications
- A combination of certificates and years of work in the required field
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience designing comprehensive communications plan/strategy for traditional & new media
- Competent in use of social media and comfortable in delivering training in this area
- Competent in capturing project highlights, showcasing highlights
- Excellent oral and writing skills
Office of The Political Ombudsman
The Office of the Political Ombudsman is authorised to carry out investigations relating to issues that constitute or are likely to constitute a breach of any “agreement, code or arrangement… in force between or among political parties in Jamaica” or are “likely to prejudice good relations between the supporters of various political parties.” The ombudsman may investigate complaints brought forward by “any person or body of persons, whether incorporated or not.”
The person appointed Political Ombudsman holds office for a period of seven years. At the end of this time, he/she may be re-appointed for an additional five years, after which no additional re-appointment is permitted.
The Political Ombudsman may be removed from office only for inability to discharge his duties, whether due to physical or mental illness or for misbehaviour. He/she may also demit office upon turning 70 or request to be relieved of his duties by the Governor General at any time prior to that.
The Political Ombudsman cannot be a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives. The Ombudsman is required to submit to Parliament an annual report outlining the execution of his/her duties. He/she may also submit reports relating to any particular case under investigation by his office which, in his opinion, requires the special attention of Parliament.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.