City Kingston, Jamaica
Start Date Jan - Mar 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 purpose of the placement is to provide the necessary support to the Climate Change Division (CCD)-Office of the Prime Minister-to effectively fulfil its mandate: - that of promoting greater awareness and communication for climate change adaptation and mitigation. As a volunteer, you will work closely with the Public Awareness/Behaviour Change Specialist to implement a nationwide campaign to promote awareness of climate change and environmental stewardship. Support to the CCD will also include liaising with marketing agencies and graphic designers in designing the content for the campaign.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Support the CCD in coordinating awareness raising, education and outreach activities
-Develop communication materials and design print ads around climate change sensitization relevant to the local context.
-Support in the development of programmes for communication of climate change information and tools for effective outreach
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Public Relations
-Relevant certificates/diplomas in communications
Essential Professional Background:
-At least 2 years’ experience working on communications related projects
-Experience working with multiple stakeholders and working on partnerships
-Experience working with/designing or communication materials, leading or conducting outreach initiatives
-Excellent oral and writing skills
-Ability to work on own initiative
The Climate Change Division-CCD
The Climate Change Division is located in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC) was created in March 2016, with the change of the political administration. The Ministry is charged with drafting the blueprint to drive economic growth and sustainable development in Jamaica. The Ministry has responsibility for seven (7) critical portfolio areas. They are: Land, Environment, Climate Change, Investment, Water and Wastewater, Housing and Works.
Under its portfolio areas, the Ministry has oversight for some 48 Agencies, Departments and Divisions, which are responsible for approximately 68 subject areas. Included in the Ministry’s functions are the formulation and implementation of policy relating to these subject areas.
The Climate Change Division works across government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA’s) to advance adaptation and mitigation work, and is the focal point for matters relating to the UNFCCC and to climate finance including serving as the National Designated Authority (NDA) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund. The CCD aims to provide the range and depth of guidance and support needed by private and public-sector agencies as well as NGOs, to promote awareness of, and facilitate access to climate change.
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.