The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) is a public policy think tank located in Kingston Jamaica, which is a first for the Caribbean region. The reports produced by CaPRI have included studies on: Corruption in Jamaica, In Search of the Most Efficient Tax for Jamaica; Beyond PET Bottles and Plastic Bags: Fixing Jamaica’s Environmental Regulatory Framework; The Care Economy; From Force to Service -Transforming the Jamaican Police; Impact of Hurricane Dean; Informal Investment Schemes in Jamaica and Educational Reform in Jamaica.
Working closely with CAPRI’s researchers and Director of Programmes, the Communications and Advocacy Manager will be responsible for the communications/advocacy activities surrounding CAPRI’s research and for the development of CAPRI’s reputation. This position reports to the Executive Director.
Key roles and responsibilities
- Track policy developments relevant to a range of research projects within CAPRI’s four thematic areas: the economy, sustainability, social issues, and governance.
- Develop, with help from CAPRI’s Research Team, policy positions, white papers, speaking notes, and briefings.
- Design and implement — with assistance from the Communications Officer — communications strategies to grow awareness of CAPRI’s brand nationally and regionally.
- Design and implement — with assistance from the Communications Officer — communications and advocacy strategies for CAPRI’s research, including but not limited to traditional media, social media, and events.
- Work with the Executive Director to create quarterly KPIs for advocacy and brand awareness development.
- Monitor progress on KPIs and report to CAPRI’s Board of Directors quarterly.
- Draft engaging articles for popular media about CAPRI’s research.
- Organize and manage, in partnership with CAPRI’s communications team, high-level meetings with key local and national stakeholders.
- Establish and maintain relationships with policy makers, civil society organizations, editors, producers, and journalists.
- Represent CAPRI externally e.g. at events and conferences, with funders, and through civil society networks.
- Prepare and at times deliver testimony before councils, boards, commissions, legislative and other committees on issues related to CAPRI’s four thematic areas.
- Identify opportunities to develop CAPRI’s direct engagement of key stakeholders (media, policy makers, funders, etc).
- Pursue new potential project and funding possibilities related to CAPRI’s thematic areas and topics of interest.
- Provide guidance to researchers where needed for interviews, presentations, stakeholder meetings, etc.
- Contribute to the development of presentations, reports, charts, and project plans, and provide policy-related research support when needed.
- Contribute to the preparation of budgets, concept notes ,and proposals for various funding agencies.
- Provide advocacy-related training to the CAPRI team members as necessary.
Experience and skills
- Degree in communications, journalism, public administration, law, marketing or related field.
- At least two years’ experience in any one of the following fields: project management; communications; law; public policy; policy analysis/development; or monitoring and evaluation.
- Interest in public policy, specifically in the areas of the economy, governance, sustainability, and social issues.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship-management skills; ability to interact with diverse groups and to communicate effectively with multiple audiences,
- Willingness to work outside of regular hours if needed.
- Government experience is preferred but not required.
Benefits include vacation leave.
To apply, email: [email protected]