Cuso International

Cuso International is a non-profit international development organization, working to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is a registered charity in Canada and the United States.

Cuso International Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct 23, 2018
Full time
Location  La Paz, Bolivia Start Date   Jan - Mar 2019 (flexible) Length of Placement  12 Months Language Requirements  Spanish, English Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only The Volunteer’s Role   The Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboural y Agrario (abbrev. CEDLA, Research Centre for Labour and Agrarian Development) is a nationally recognized investigation center that focuses its research on the labour market and employability issues. They work in conjunction with worker’s unions (urban and rural), development organizations, financial partners, and the private and public sectors focused on improving their social responsibility. We are now looking for you to support CEDLA by generating public awareness through articles, notes, and other publications through different communication channels. Your publications will be based on the information and investigations gathered on employability and labour market issues in Bolivia, as well as the communications department's operations. In this role, you would suggest improvements to better the function, coordination, and communication between the different units and its overall efficiency. You would be also involved in organizing events, workshops and similar events as per the planned agenda. The volunteer will use research skills, investigation abilities, and systematization of the information obtained by CEDLA, as well as any additional tools needed to complete the necessary tasks.   Start dates can be flexible. However, start dates also depend on the partner organization’s needs. As a volunteer, you will: - Conduct a periodical investigation and report any updates in the Bolivian Observatory on Employability and Social Security (Observatorio Boliviano de Empleo y Seguridad Social, OBESS). This requires information based research on labour related issues from different sources. - Diagnose youth employability in Bolivia - Organize rand facilitate round tables, debates, workshops and other events to discuss the findings, analysis and investigation data on employability and youth. - Develop and support the coordination of the Platform on Labor Rights, which is led by CEDLA - Identify information sources held by CEDLA and analyze the data to give appropriate suggestions and recommendations the organization; and ameliorate the functionality of the communications department. Essential Academic Qualifications: -University Degree in communications, journalism, marketing, social sciences or other relevant area. Essential Professional Background: - Solid experience in writing and research. - Strong investigation capacity using primary and secundary sources. - Experience in the use of statistics data base - Good knowledge in communications. - Strong capacity in organizing events. Support Package - Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country) - Accommodation while in placement - Return airfare and visa/work permit costs - Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance - Pre-departure training and in-country orientation - Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend - Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations) - Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return - Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs). - Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
Cuso International Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct 23, 2018
Full time
City   Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Start Date  Jan - Mar 2019 (flexible) Length of Placement  12 Months Language Requirements   English Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only The Volunteer’s Role   The overall purpose of this placement is to assist the Department of Rural Development with the objective of enhancing and improving the day to day human resources management system; supporting the establishment of guidelines and procedures; and making links between paper-based and computer-based data. This placement is intended to continue the work of the current HR Management Advisor volunteer, who was seconded to DRD in June 2016. Whilst the current Administration Department is responsible for HR, there is no one specifically assigned to the HR function and DRD feels their current recruitment strategy needs to be updated to incorporate the wider remit of their department and to ensure strong performance management and well defined roles for all their team members. As a volunteer, you will: - Research and learn from organizations in Myanmar, including other government ministries, as relevant, or parliament, in order to understand how HR operations are being implemented and sustained. - Support the human resources functions within DRD’s current Administration and Operations system with the objective to strengthen the current staffing recruitment & performance management system. - Enhance English language skills of the management team. - Strengthen and systematize the use of computer and software platforms for HR data management and internal/external communications. - Continue to promote a positive HR management culture, sharing HR concepts and theories, best practices and effective people management systems. Essential Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to HR management and Organizational Behavior. Essential Professional Background: - Proven ability to establish collaborative relationships with senior leaders and leading organizational change associated with implementation - 5-7 years of progressive HR experience, with a proven track record of establishing and leading new initiatives from the ground up. - Experience teaching English as a second language. - Capacity to assess, develop, and implement sustainable HR processes and guidelines in alignment with organizational needs - Organizational Development and program strategy experience - Strong presentation and facilitation skills - Demonstrated experience of working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams - Ability to work alongside an interpreter and patience in ensuring effective communication, particularly with technical speech. Support Package - Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country) - Accommodation while in placement - Return airfare and visa/work permit costs - Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance - Pre-departure training and in-country orientation - Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend - Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations) - Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return - Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs). - Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
Cuso International Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct 23, 2018
Full time
Location  Bale/Robe, Ethiopia Start Date  Jan - Mar 2019 (flexible) Length of Placement  12 Months Language Requirements  English Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only   The Volunteer’s Role   The objective of this placement is to develop publicity strategies to efficiently use public relations in order to meet organizational objectives; to provide support to build strong relations with the community and service users and; to train staff effectively work with service users and community based on need assessments. As a volunteer, you will: -Participate in developing a customer service standards and protocols -Collect and analyze data to monitor the level of customer service -Advise the university regarding Communication and Public Relation Materials -Coaching/Mentoring and conduct training need assessment and capacity building sessions to staff/management -Creating linkage and partnership with other higher educational institutions, NGO, other organizations Essential Academic Qualifications: M.A in Public Relations and Communications or in International Development or in Community Development or in International relations or Journalism or related field Essential Professional Background: -At least 2 years’ experience in public relations or related field - Strengthening Public Relation office of the university/college, ability to communicate effectively Support Package - Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country) - Accommodation while in placement - Return airfare and visa/work permit costs - Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance - Pre-departure training and in-country orientation - Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend - Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer - Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return - Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs). - Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation  
Cuso International Mtwara, Tanzania
Oct 23, 2018
Full time
Location  Mtwara, Tanzania Start Date  Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible) Length of Placement  9 Months Language Requirements   English Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only The Volunteer’s Role   As the Business Management Advisor, apply your management skills to directly mentor small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) the Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) project supports in Mtwara, Tanzania. The aim of the Business Management Advisor role is to coach various SMEs to grow their enterprises in food processing and natural resource product production. You will establish working relationships with local SMEs through the introduction of SIDO and the T-LED field manager and build a mentor-mentee relationship. By utilizing your management skills, SMEs will learn from your business insights in the production and sale of goods. By working with T-LED national volunteers, you will be supported in language and cultural interpretation when fostering relationships with various local SMEs. This role does entail a solid understanding of business fundamentals, as well as some work experience as an entrepreneur or in manufacturing, to properly advise SMEs on the growth of their businesses. You will be well supported by the Mtwara team, all eager to collaborate with you to improve the local growth of SMEs through your knowledge and input. Come join a dynamic T-LED team! As a volunteer, you will: -Train SME staff in business management, including market analysis and developing business plans -Support and recruit target SMEs to achieve standards required by the foreign investors -Coach and mentor SIDO, TCCIA and TWCC staff to improve business support services -Develop tools and training materials with SIDO, TCCIA and TWCC staff that can be used in their business development services -Improve capacity of SMEs to win contracts with companies in the extractives and agriculture value chains Essential Academic Qualifications: - bachelor’s Degree in Business, Value Chain Management, or another relevant field Essential Professional Background: - 3 – 5 years’ work experience in a management position - 3 – 5 years’ management experience in the production of a good for sale - Facilitation and training skills; experience in development and delivering workshops Support Package - Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country) - Accommodation while in placement - Return airfare and visa/work permit costs - Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance - Pre-departure training and in-country orientation - Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend - Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations) - Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return - Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs). - Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation - Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months