Location Georgetown, Guyana
Start Date Aug - Oct Sep - Nov 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 of Canada only
The overall purpose of the placement is to provide technical assistance to our partner the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to establish a new Secretariat (building) which will enable the Chamber’s management to better serve its members and facilitate wider economic development. The placement will focus on enhancing their resource mobilization capacity, to develop proposals and access funding; as well as formulate and manage key partnerships.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Coordinate the identification of potential local, regional and international donor institutions to support the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s work;
- Provide findings of potential donors, inclusive of an outline of specific donor requirements, to Executive Director;
- Support the establishment of a donor registry, and advise Executive Director of prospective joint funding opportunities
- Support the expansion of programs by coordinating development and submission of concept notes and proposals for funding, in keeping with donor requirements;
- Develop guidelines and tools for the organization’s resource mobilization activities;
- Facilitate training of key personnel in writing proposals, using resource mobilization guidelines and tools.
- Review terms of collaboration with existing stakeholders, identify and make recommendations for areas of improvement;
- Facilitate identification and development of strategic new Georgetown Chamber of Commerce stakeholders;
- Develop guidelines and tools to support effective stakeholder management;
- Train key personnel in stakeholder management.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Strategic Operations, Development Studies or other related social science discipline
Essential Professional Background:
- 3 years’ experience; must possess knowledge of Project Management tools and systems.
- Proven success in fundraising.
- Experience developing concept notes and funding proposals.
- Experience in networking
Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the oldest private sector representative organization in Guyana (established in 1890) and is a member-driven and professionally staffed non-profit association of business people committed to improving the economic climate and quality of life in Guyana.
The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry represents the voice of the business community in Guyana and strives to advocate policies, stimulate trade and investment, connect businesses, sustain economic growth and expand member opportunities with the aim of contributing to a stable and sustainable economic and social environment in Guyana where businesses can prosper.
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.
- 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
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.