OFFICE OF THE CHILDREN’S REGISTRY
The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) is Agency under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, for the purpose of a central place for reporting incidents of children who are known or suspected to be abused, neglected or in need of care and protection. The OCR is also responsible for the management of the Ananda Alert System. Suitably qualified and competent persons are invited to fill the position of:
PUBLIC EDUCATION OFFICER (MCG/IE 4) (CONTRACT)
Reporting directly to the Registrar, the incumbent’s responsibilities will include:
• Engage in the strategic planning and budgeting process for the OCR and the Public Education Unit and the public education component for the Ananda Alert Secretariat;
• Coordinate all information emanating from the OCR and serve as the official information officer of the OCR;
• Manage the OCR’s media relations to ensure that the media is provided with appropriate information about the work of the OCR;
• Plan, develop and oversee the implementation / delivery of on-going Public Education Programmes such as presentations, consultations, exhibitions, talks, features etc., to ensure that the public is kept up to date on the services provided by the OCR;
• Plan and direct research and client service evaluation including customer satisfaction surveys and ensure that the needs of clients are communicated to the relevant Units;
• Prepare speeches and background papers for public presentation by the Registrar/staff;
• Undertake the planning and coordination of special functions and events to mark special occasions /observances of the OCR / Ananda Alert system;
• Implementation of the OCR Newsletter; and oversee the development, production and dissemination of the Ananda Alert Newsletter;
• Collating and final production of the Annual Report for the OCR;
Minimum Training and Experience
• Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism or Equivalent specialization
• Minimum of five (5) years experience in Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or Media Relations, at least two (2) years of which must be in a supervisory capacity
• Intimate knowledge of the media landscape in Jamaica
• Familiarity with government’s policies and programmes
Key Competencies Required
• Excellent knowledge of the Child Care and Protection Act and the Regulations
• Excellent knowledge of mass communication techniques
• Excellent presentation skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent leadership, management and coordination skills
• Excellent in speech writing and preparation of press releases
• Excellent knowledge and competence in participating in media interviews (radio & television)
• Very good analytical and problem solving skills
• Very good computer applications skills (Excel/Word/PowerPoint, etc.)
Full Upkeep Allowance is attached to the position and as such, applicants must have full time use of a reliable motor vehicle.
Applications accompanied by Resume should be submitted no later than Friday, 5 August 2016 to:
Office of the Children’s Registry
12 Carlton Crescent
Please visit our website at www.ocr.gov.jm for additional information concerning this position.
Please note that while we appreciate all applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Trafficking in Persons
Trafficking in Persons is increasingly one of the largest transnational organised crimes, with far reaching impact for those who have been victims. The Office of the Children’s Registry is a member of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons and therefore, is always on the look-out for reports that contain within them, details that indicate that a child is a victim of trafficking or is vulnerable to be trafficked.
Registration Officers at the OCR were engaged in a training seminar on child trafficking on Wednesday July 13. The seminar was delivered by Deputy Superintendent of Police Carl Berry, Head of the anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit at the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The session sought to have Registration Officers sharpen their skills in assessing reports for elements of child trafficking within the context of Jamaican legislation. DSP Berry, who said the training was timely, indicated that the Registration Officers were a part of law enforcement and were therefore integral in interviewing reporters to gather information with as much detail that can aid in the investigation of a trafficking matter.
Registration Officers also indicated that they were appreciative of the workshop as it would help them in better determining if a report was indeed a child trafficking report or another crime akin to trafficking such as child selling.
The training session comes on the heel of the June 17 conviction of two persons in the Home Circuit Court for the 2010 trafficking of a teenaged girl, and in anticipation of the National Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week which is observed July 24th – 30th this year.