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Communication Specialist

Kingston, Jamaica

12 Months | Start Date between Feb - Apr 2019

Location Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date Feb - Apr 2019  (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 of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The overall purpose of a volunteer Communications Specialist with the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) would be to help develop the communications and public relations capacity of the organization. The NYOJ has an abundance of potential when it comes to communications in terms of events, performances, classes and online participation with our audience. However, the organization needs to develop tools and templates so that communicating internationally and externally to the public as well as to funders and potential partners becomes a regular part of the organization's capacity.

As a volunteer, you will bring your expertise to the organization to set up user-friendly procedures and training in order to develop staff and student-staff to be able to do communications activities for the organization, while maintaining a high standard of quality and strategic direction.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support the team in developing a robust Communications Plan for the organization.

-Support the develop of Communications Materials

- Support Staff training in Communication & Public Relation Strategies and Communication Material Creation

-Support the staff in developing a fundraising plan.

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


About Our Partner


National Youth Orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) is a social development program aimed at enhancing the lives of children from challenged communities. The program utilizes lessons in classical music to instill core values of discipline, perseverance and dedication, fostering emotional and intellectual development in our participants.

Through the creation of youth orchestras, the program promotes teamwork, compassion and self-esteem. Beyond enriching lives with a new creative component or musical outlet the program reinforces that we all have an effect on the lives of the people we interact with and by advocating kindness and consideration we encourage our students to make that impact positive.


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

- 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.