Communications Advisor

Location Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date  Sep – Nov 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 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


Are you passionate about good governance and promoting citizen participation in politics?

As a Communications Advisor, you will support the Political Ombudsman in developing communication materials that promote the work of the office that promotes good governance and political standards. The Ombudsman's office serves the purpose of promoting good governance and ethical standards in politics. Overall, you will support the office in its programs and initiatives across Jamaica to ensure good governance and youth participation in good governance.

Apply now and support a community NGO make lasting change and improve the livelihoods of inner city community members.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support the implementation of the Conversations with Young Jamaicans Project

-Design/create videos that capture the work of the OPO which can be used in sensitizing stakeholders of practices of good governance

-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 equivalent to a degree


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

-Competent in capturing project highlights, showcasing highlights

-Excellent oral and writing skills



About Cuso International and Our Partner


Cuso International

Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.


Office of The Political Ombudsman

The Office of the Political Ombudsman is authorized 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 pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)

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


Pre-departure Training and Briefing

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:

1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources

2.Online health briefing

3.Fundraising 101 Webinar

4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course


In-Country Training and Learning

As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.



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.