Communications Advisor

Location Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 11 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale:

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


As the Communications Advisor, you will support the Office of the Political Ombudsman in developing a communication plan aimed at addressing issues of good governance. This will include supporting  the implementation of the “Conversations with Young People Project”, which is partly  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 project is introduced to more schools and youth groups across the island. You will also provide communications, social media support and also training for staff while also designing communications materials.  

As a volunteer, you will:

-Help the team develop a Communications Plan for the organization.

-Create communications materials to support the initiative

-Train staff in communication, public relation strategies and communication material creation

-Support in organizing and executing events

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Bachelor's degree or certificate in communications  


Essential Professional Background:

- Experience designing a  communications plan/strategy; at least 3 years’ experience in Communications

- Competent in use of social media and comfortable in delivering training in this area



About Our Partner


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 misbehavior. 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.

Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.