Consulting by Jayne Cravens
My approach to consulting is people-centered. I start with a lot
of research and listening, to fully identify the needs of an organization,
initiative, or sector, and to fully understand the desired outcomes. That
listening never ends - feedback and information is welcomed throughout the
process. I do not limit myself to learning only from senior or
headquarters staff; people on the "front lines," people who may not
consider themselves as part of communication/community involvement or
management activities, often hold the key to a successful strategy. I also
do not follow a set, absolute formula for consultations; every situation
is unique, and my efforts are tailored to such.
One of my particular strengths is transforming complex concepts and texts into easier-to-read documents, reports and presentations, and introducing innovative or controversial ideas to audiences in practical, less-confrontational terms. I also am able to leverage the very limited resources of organizations, including those in developing countries, to achieve their goals relating to media relations, community outreach, volunteer involvement and donor relations, and to help to build the capacity of such organizations to continue in these activities long after I have moved on. I began in public relations long before the Internet became the essential tool of today, and I have maintained those no-tech/low-tech skills and sensibilities while, at the same time, becoming an internationally-recognized expert regarding online communities and online outreach.
I have worked with groups on the local, regional, national and international level, and have worked extensively with multi-cultural, diverse audiences, international aid workers, low-income communities, and those who are traditionally socially-excluded. I have a solid background in working with people with widely differing belief systems and personal circumstances.
For short-term assignments (less than six months), I have both the willingness and ability to work onsite in an environment with limited infrastructure and resources.
Focus on Capacity-Building
Capacity-building for nonprofit organizations/NGOs/civil society means giving people the skills and resources to most effectively and efficiently address the organization's mission, and to help the organization be attractive to new and continuing support from donors and volunteers. Capacity-building is essential for nonprofits/NGOs/civil society to fulfill their potential to improve lives, to allow all people to have the means to pursue their educational, professional and personal dreams, and to protect and celebrate cultures and the environment. My goal in such a consultation is to build the capacities of staff and volunteers to successfully engage in communications and community involvement efforts long after I have moved on.
Consulting services for nonprofits / NGOs / civil society / government agencies include:
Consulting services for for-profit companies include:
Here is a list of my workshops to date, onsite or online.
I charge either by the hour or a flat fee by project, depending on the consultation. Charges vary depending on the length of the consulting, how much new material I am asked to develop or how much I need to customize or rewrite materials or presentations, how much travel is involved (if any), etc. Note that I always require that all travel costs (including travel to and from airports from my home, hotels or consultation sites) to be covered by the client. Because of past problems regarding travel reimbursements, I now require clients to pay all airline and hotel costs up front (I will not pay them and then wait for reimbursement).
For a quote regarding my services, please contact me with your full name, the full name of your organization, the dates you have in mind, however in general, and as much detail as possible regarding your needs and what kind of consultation on my part you have in mind. Please be as detailed as possible.Also see a list of workshops and panel discussions I have lead for various organizations, and for international, national and major regional conferences.
You can also check my public calendar regarding my availability.
In addition to consulting, I will also consider full-time or part-time employment that involves: project management or communications (public affairs and marketing) management for an organization working in international development or international affairs, serving women, building capacities among under-served populations, protecting or improving the environment, or building civil society. I am willing to relocate for the right position. For my Curriculum Vitae, please contact me.
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