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Community Support And Liaison Officer – Volunteer In Guyana (Caribbean)!

12 Month | Start Date between Oct - Dec 2017

Location Deep South Rupununi, Guyana

Start Date Oct - Dec 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale  

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only  


The Volunteer’s Role


Our partner, the Protected Areas Commission is seeking the services of a Community Support and Liaison Officer to provide support to the Kanashen Village and the Commission in the establishment of the governance and management structure for the protected area, and the implementation of activities outlined in the five-year management plan.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Act as a liaison between the PAC and the village;

- Provide support in the elaboration and implementation of one-year operational plans, developed within the five-year management planning framework for the Community Owned Conservation Area;

- Assist in monitoring the progress of operational and management plan implementation in keeping with the Commission’s overall monitoring framework;

- Assist in coordinating the meetings of the Site Level Committee;

- Assist in developing proposals for submission to the Protected Areas Trust and donor agencies for funding to implement the management plan;

- Work with the village to develop local enterprises, sustainable livelihood projects and benefit-sharing protocols as necessary;

- Provide coordination support for community awareness events and publications;

- Assist in conducting a capacity needs assessment, identifying training opportunities for key site level staff, and providing on-the-job capacity building for the site level management team;

- Hold regular meetings with the site level management team and provide monthly reports on progress to the village and the PAC; and

- Undertake any other specific duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by the Technical Director or their designated representative.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or Project Management.

Essential Professional Background:

- 5 years relevant working experience; must possess knowledge of Project Management tools and systems.

- Excellent interpersonal, community engagement and facilitation skills.

- Experience living in remote areas, and working under difficult field conditions.

- Be a highly energetic, self-starting and creative individual who can express/recognise ideas, and opportunities, and communicate clearly and effectively.


About Our Partner


Protected Areas Commission

Kanashen Village, which is communally owned by 253 inhabitants mainly of Wai-Wai ancestry, received absolute title to its land in 2004. In 2007, the village declared its lands, 648,567.2 hectares of relatively intact forests located in the deep southern parts of the Rupununi region, Guyana, as a Community Owned Conservation Area under the Amerindian Act of 2006. At that time, the village also entered a tripartite Agreement with the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and Conservation International Guyana (CI-G). This Agreement committed CI-Guyana to collaborate with the village to develop a conservation management plan that allows the village to manage their lands, resources and culture for conservation and socio-economic development. The village also gazetted village rules for its management.

In 2013, and following the passage of the Protected Areas Act 2011, Kanashen Village applied to the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) to be recognised as part of the National Protected Areas System (NPAS). With help from CI-Guyana and the PAC, the village developed a draft management plan for the period 2016-2020, which outlines strategies to maintain culture; conserve lands, ecosystems and biodiversity while achieving socio-economic development; enhance management capacity; and establish village lands as a COCA that is recognised as part of the NPAS. The management plan also detailed a first-year operational plan which was developed within the framework of the five-year management plan.


With Kanashen Village about to join the NPAS, the PAC is seeking the services of a Community Support and Liaison Officer to support the village in the management of the Kanashen Community Owned Conservation Area.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


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



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.