Location Kingston, Jamaica
Start Date Apr - Jun 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 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 of Canada only
The overall purpose of the volunteer (CVSS) is to help develop the communications and public relations capacity of the organization; to increase awareness of the brand CVSS, taking into consideration its marketing, branding and communication needs and to ultimately increase the ability of the Council to mobilize potential international and local resources towards long term sustainability and achieving national development goals. As a volunteer, you will provide comprehensive support in training the staff in social and traditional media.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Support the team in developing a Communications Plan for the organization.
-Support the development of Communications Materials
-Support Staff training in Communication & Public Relation Strategies and Communication Material Creation
-Support the staff in organizing and executing events
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree/Diploma in Communications/ Media/ Public Relations
- Courses in Advertising & Marketing
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience working on communication activities
- Experience developing communication materials
- Good experience working with teams
- Experience implementing communication strategies
- Experience conducting training and developing resource materials
- Experience in event hosting
- High level of initiative with the ability to self-motivate
Council of Voluntary Social Services
The Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), established in 1940, is a national, non-profit umbrella organization whose mission is to build the capacity of its members and the wider society, facilitate joint action and represent the concerns of the social sector including disadvantaged groups at the national and international levels. Currently, CVSS has 114 members and affiliates that are categorized in three sectors: children and youth, health, gender and community services. In 2007, the CVSS established the National Volunteer Centre (NVC), as a focal point for the promotion of volunteerism and training.
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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- 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
- 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 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.