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 primary purpose of this placement is to support Wigton Wind Farm in achieving its objective of being the catalyst for increased usage of wind power and other renewable energies for this electricity generation.
In supporting this project, you will work with the Wigton team to:
-Build awareness of their available training programs and facilities and support the development of a marketing plan to increase their visibility
- Provide support as a technical expert and conduct trainings/workshops for various target groups on renewable energy
- Support the team in conducting in depth research on accreditations and certifications for their training programs. Detailed research is required to enable the team to decide on the best option in the Jamaican landscape.
Cuso International’s goal is to develop Jamaica’s capacity towards sustainable environmental stewardship and economic prosperity and this partnership takes us one step closer to achieving this objective!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide support in conducting robust research into certifications options in Jamaica and overseas
- Support the development of marketing and promotions strategy to build brand awareness including comprehensive social media presence.
- Provide technical expertise for training courses and sessions.
- Facilitate sessions at training centre
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Environmental Studies with focus in Renewable Energy/ Climate Change
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience in developing communications plan
-Experience in implementing marketing strategies
- Excellent written and oral skills
Wigton Wind Farm
The Wigton Wind Farm objectives are to diversify and develop renewable energy sources through identifying and conducting studies of potential sites for wind and solar energy solutions. The company operates a 38.5 MW wind farm from which it sells electricity to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) under an executed power purchase agreement (PPA).
Wington Wind Farm is committed to creating effective policies that facilitate the sustainability of all the portfolio areas and Fuel Growth. The vision is to create an environment, through policy development and a progressive legislative framework, that facilitates investment, creates jobs and meaningfully improves the well-being of each Jamaican. They are dedicated to a common vision, together with other Ministries, Agencies and Departments, that will see Jamaica becoming the “Place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”.
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.