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 gender equality and women's rights?

As a Communications Advisor you will support The Institute of Gender & Development Studies in developing communication materials that promote the work of the Institute that promotes gender equality. The Institute of Gender & Development Studies is a unit of the University of the West Indies and serves the purpose of conducting research into gender-related issues and promoting gender-sensitive development in all sectors. Overall, you will support the Institute in its programs and initiatives across Jamaica.

Apply now and support the IGDS to create and promote gender-sensitive initiatives in Jamaica.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support the coordination the design and distribution of promotional products for IGDS’ events

-Assist in the preparation statements and other materials for press releases

-Assist with managing the content of the IGDS’ website and social media platforms

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree in Marketing and Communication / Public Relations or related field

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience in Marketing and Communication including social media

-Excellent oral, written communication skills and interpersonal skills

-Proficiency in MS Office

-Strong leadership, management and team player skills

-Cultural awareness and sensitivity

-Experience in Public Relations

-Ability to train staff in communication strategies


About Our Partner


Institute of Gender & Development Studies

In conjunction with the other IGDS Units, the RCO works to deliver interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs characterized by excellence in the following areas: Teaching -guided by Feminist Theories and Gender and Development perspectives, principles and practices; Research from a gender perspective that investigates societal issues and challenges and that results in   publications; and Building Partnerships and mobilizing resources to facilitate its work that involve public service, outreach and activism to help in the transformation of gender relations and the promotion of social justice.

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.