Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Jamaica
Start Date Nov 2018 - Jan 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from international volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting into one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment, Internet and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience is a valuable e-volunteer characteristic.
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As the Communications Specialist for the Jamaica Youth Business Trust, you will support the participating Youth Business Programs to improve both internal communications among team members, and external communication with stakeholders and beneficiaries.
Your work supporting these internal communications will include supporting the development and implementation of a communications plan to optimize collaboration within each Youth Business Program, as well as intra-regionally.
Your work supporting these external communications will include the following:
- Communicating the impact of the Youth Business Programs across the Caribbean in supporting young entrepreneurs;
- Attracting new entrepreneurs, mentors and donors; and
- Showcasing the combined Youth Business Programs as a strong regional force in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Develop a regional communications plan highlighting both internal and external communication activities for the program
- Analyze the current branding and position of the Youth Business Programs locally and regionally and use this analysis to develop an action plan to improve the image and reach of the Youth Business Programs (YBPs)
- Work with the YBPs to develop a strong regional message and effective dissemination strategy to showcase their impact
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Bachelors’ Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or Journalism
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in the development of Marketing and/or Communications plans
- Working knowledge of the use of digital strategies for advertising and marketing
Jamaica Youth Business Trust
Youth unemployment has taken center stage on the agendas of Caribbean governments, especially those in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Entrepreneurship, in particular, has been flagged as an alternative means toward economic self-sufficiency for youth in the region.
A group of Youth Business Programs (YBPs) are currently in implementing the Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Caribbean Youth (SESCY), a Project sponsored by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). The project is being implemented in three countries: Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) as the Executing Agency.
The SESCY project will contribute to the MIF poverty reduction mandate by supporting poor and low-income youth in the development of their enterprises and increasing access to jobs as well as creating a favorable environment in the areas where these enterprises are created. To do this, it will strengthen the capacities of participating municipalities, generate partnerships with private-sector entities interested in development in their areas of action, and utilize an e-learning platform to expand its scope and national coverage. In addition, the project will be demand driven and focused on the challenges faced by the three countries in creating a more effective and cohesive entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The Youth Business Programs is currently partnering with Cuso International for the provision of Technical Advisors who function as Organizational Development Specialists. One advisor was assigned to each participating YBP and tasked with analyzing the current organizational structure and function, and providing a strategy for improvement.
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