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CARIBBEAN VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES COALITION

TERMS OF REFERENCE

COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT

BACKGROUND

CVC is a constituency-based regional advocacy coalition of diverse civil society actors, grouping over forty community leaders and non-governmental organizations working with populations especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS that are often forgotten by treatment and health care programme. We provide a platform for policy dialogue and comprehensive, coordinated responses that address vulnerability, human rights, and sexual health. CVC has offices in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic with partners in the countries that we work.

Mission

CVC’s mission is to mobilize the voice, visibility and participation of the diverse groups to impact the regional HIV response and to create an enabling environment by which to end the conditions and consequences of marginalization. Specifically, CVC seeks to:

  • Strengthen capacity of vulnerable populations to act on their own behalf.
  • Generate an enabling environment to support human rights and improve the quality of life of vulnerable populations
  • Advocate for and facilitate the development of infrastructure to support culturally and contextually appropriate and accessible HIV management for vulnerable populations
  • Develop and support culturally appropriate prevention programmes and models geared towards vulnerable populations
  • Establish strategic partnerships built on trust
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of projects and programmes on vulnerable populations

Vision

To advocate for and participate in regional responses to HIV and other social conditions based on human rights, programme effectiveness, and the reduction of vulnerability within a framework of evidence, social justice and sustainable health and development systems.

Current CVC Grants

CVC’s work is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, MSM GF, RCNF and the MAC AIDS Fund.  Activities under all grants support the organisation’s mission and vision and support actions to achieve health and human rights outcomes for key population as follows:

  1. Drug Users
  2. Sex Workers
  3. Men Who Have Sex With Men(MSM)
  4. Persons of Trans Experience
  5. Mobile/Migrant Populations
  6. Prison Inmates/Ex-inmates
  7. Marginalised Children and Youth

Purpose of Consultancy

CVC seeks the service of a Communication Consultant to develop and promote evidenced based advocacy and communication initiatives to support CVCs external and internal communication on its project/programmes outcomes, milestones and events including the GF grant.

The Global Fund Project

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and its partners El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN), The Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGs), The Caribbean Sex Work Coalition (CSWC), The Caribbean Regional Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (CRN+) and technical partners The Faculty of Law UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP), the UWI HIV&AIDS Response Program (UWI-HARP), and the United National Development Program (UNDP) as the Primary Recipient (PR) were successful in the submission of the regional grant to the Global Fund.

The grant will be implemented in Belize, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago primarily by CVC and Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti primarily by COIN. This project aims to reduce the spread of HIV across the Caribbean by focusing on its impact on key populations (KP's), including people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, and young people belonging to any of these groups. By supporting activities that focus on reducing or removing the barriers of stigma, discrimination, and providing redress for rights breaches, the project will allow for the full integration of key populations into national HIV responses.

The main outputs of the project are:

1. Output 1: Improved legal and policy environments support delivery of and access to health and justice services for key populations

• Activity Result 1.1 Legal and policy environment assessment and law reform

• Activity Result 1.2 Legal aid services and legal literacy

• Activity Result 1.3 Community-based Monitoring of Legal rights

• Activity Result 1.4 Policy advocacy on legal rights

• Activity Result 1.5 Other-Protection for Human Rights defenders

2. Output 2: Increased capacity of health care workers to deliver stigma and discrimination free services in order to improve access to and retention in care for key populations

Activity Result 2.1 Scaling up support to health and community workers to improve access and retention in care

3. Output 3: Strengthening of Community systems and key population networks to use effective advocacy strategies to obtain social accountability mechanisms and scale-up of best practice interventions by national programmes.

• Activity Result 3.1 Social mobilization, building community linkages, collaboration and coordination

• Activity Result 3.2 Institutional capacity building, planning and leadership development

• Activity Result 3.3 Advocacy for social accountability

• Activity Result 3.4 Support GBV responses amongst Key Populations

  •  Output 4: Grant Management

 

SCOPE OF WORK

CVC seeks the service of a Communication Consultant to develop and promote evidenced based advocacy and communication initiatives. The duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Develop and implement an integrated communication and dissemination plan to support and promote CVC’s communication goals, including message development, marketing campaigns, social media content creation and media outreach
  • Maintain CVC visibility utilizing traditional and social media platforms, with attention to consistency in communication of messages (written, digital, spoken) branding, and monitoring for all CVC programme milestones and events
  • Build and maintain relationships with various media houses, journalists, bloggers, and communications officers employed to other partners to support collaborative communication strategies and widen the reach
  • Develop a calendar of events related to HIV and human rights in collaboration with regional CSO partners
  • Maintain and consistently update existing CVC digital media platforms – Facebook, Website, Twitter, and Mailchimp.
  • Support the development of project publications including Policy briefs, position papers, memes and other IEC products
  • Conduct capacity building training and technical assistance to support improved communication skills of sub-grantees and other stakeholders
  • Develop press releases and media packages to support the dissemination of information to showcase CVC’s work including meetings, conferences, launches etc.
  • Identify service providers for design, layout, printing; manage dissemination communication products
  • Seek and suggest new methods of internal and external communication to support improved visibility for CVC programmes
  • Identify target audiences and create strategies to effectively engage them

DELIVERABLES

The communication consultant should:

  • General Communication plan to support dissemination of programme/project outcomes, targets and milestones (due 2 weeks after signing of contract)
  • Communication Plan for placement and dissemination of Do You Dare Campaign
  • Monthly reports with updates on deliverables
  • Calendar of events related to HIV and human rights
  • Capacity Building Training Plan for stakeholder
  • Social media campaign to support the dissemination of advocacy messages and actions
  • Social media updates on CVC and partner products including significant achievement of programme/project outcomes, milestones and events

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

The Consultant will report directly to the CVC Programme Coordinator

QUALIFICATIONS

The Consultant is expected to possess the following experience, skills, and personal characteristics:

  • A Minimum of a B.Sc. in Media and/or Communications, Behaviour Change Communication, Public Relations, Marketing or other social science related fields
  • A minimum of 7-10 years experience in any of the following areas: developing communication strategies, journalism, publishing, and the management of communications and visibility activities for organisations and/or projects
  • Experience working with civil society organisations
  • Excellent presentation and writing and editing skills
  • Good organizational skills and attention to details
  • Experience using social media platforms
  • Ability to work independently and in a team

CONTRACT PERIOD

The Consultant will be contracted for an ten (10) months period starting March 2018 to December 31st 2018 with opportunity for renewal.

SUBMISSIONS

Interested individuals should submit the following documents:

Curriculum vitae highlighting specific /relevant experience

Supporting documents (previous communication and visibility strategies developed

Letters of recommendation from 2 previous contracting entities / employers

 

Submissions should be sent to chinsees@yahoo.com no later than February 15, 2018 at 4:30pm, Jamaica time

For further information contact:

Sannia Sutherland/Andrea Chin See

Phone (876) 631-7299

Only shortlisted persons will be contacted

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Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) is a coalition of community leaders and non-governmental agencies providing services directly to and on behalf of Caribbean populations who are especially vulnerable to HIV infection or often forgotten in access to treatment and healthcare programmes.

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Contacts

For general information about the CVC, please contact us at:

  • info (@) cvccoalition.org
  • +876 631 7299
  • +876 631 7219
  • Suite #1 1D-1E Braemar Avenue
    Kingston 10
  • Jamaica
  • West Indies