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Terms of Reference for

Communication and Visibility Consultant

Improved Civil Society Capacity for Research Based Advocacy Project



The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) coalition and Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC) received funding from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights two (2) year project titled “Improved Civil Society Capacity for Research Based Advocacy”.


This intervention aims to strengthen the role played by civil society in Jamaica in promoting human rights and democratic governance. It will do this by building civil society capacity to monitor and advocate across a range of issues and, in particular, fortifying its response to violations of the rights of vulnerable populations including women.


The actions to be undertaken address the limited oversight capacity of Civil Society organizations (CSOs) as well as their limited ability to carry out the research required for policy critique and for the articulation of CSO policy positions and advocacy.


Data collection and research will be undertaken by CVC’s civil society partners on issues of relevance to their work. This will be coupled with independent research led by project partner, Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC). These will lead to the production and dissemination of multi-sectoral, multi-partner policy and issue briefs relating to governance and accountability in Jamaica.


General Communication Goal

  1.  To promote evidence-based, civil society advocacy and policy decision-making on issues of Human Rights and Democratic Governance, by increasing awareness of the project objectives and outputs.


The Consultancy


The communications and visibility consultant shall give the required support to:

  • Make the intervention – its purpose, partners and intended outcomes known to the target groups;
  • Create demand for the research data, training and policy advocacy to be provided under the project;
  • Ensure the targeted dissemination of the outputs and raise public awareness of the policy issues and actions related to Human Rights and Democratic Governance that will arise.


 Target groups

This activity targets:  Policy Makers: in Cabinet, Parliament and the Civil Service; and, civil society organisations within the networks of CVC and JCSC as well as in the wider Jamaica.  Secondary beneficiaries include the wider public who will be given a deeper understanding of the issues studied and possible policy responses. 


 Scope of Work

The consultant will be expected to:

  • Recommend and execute the necessary tasks to produce project communications and branding collaterals
  • Ensure a strong IEC presence utilising traditional and social media platforms. This includes maintaining project visibility on existing CVC platforms – Facebook, website, Twitter, Mailchimp.
  • Produce project publications - provide writing and editing input to transform research reports into accessible formats for publication, identify service providers for design, layout, printing; manage dissemination
  • Ensure visibility, through effective communications and branding, for all project milestones and events



The consultant, in collaboration with project staff and Steering Committee will ensure the project achieves effective communications activities and visibility. Specifically, the consultant will support the project outputs by means of;

  1. 3 policy briefs published and disseminated
  2. Media coverage and communications outputs for events
  3. At least 2 media briefings over the life of the project
  4. A minimum of 10 press releases and 4 Op Ed pieces
  5. Bi-monthly social media content updates



20 working days spanning May 2016 – September 2017


Desired Qualifications/Experience

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

  • At Least a Bachelor’s degree in Communications , Public Relations, , Marketing or other related fields
  • Proven track record in managing communications and visibility for organisations and/or projects
  • Experience working with civil society organisations
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and in a team


Expression of Interest

Interested individuals should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae outlining specific relevant experience
  • Supporting documents (Previous Communication and Visibility Strategies Developed)
  • Letter of recommendation from 2 previous contracting entities/employers   


Submissions should be sent to no later than April 20, 2016




For further information contact:

Marlon Thompson/Andrea Chin See

Phone: 876-631-7219



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