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Strategic Planning Advisor – Volunteer In Guyana (Caribbean)!


12 Month | Start Date between Dec 2017 - Feb 2018

Location Guyana

Start Date Dec 2017 - Feb 2018 (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


Help and Shelter is a long-standing nongovernment organization in Guyana. Though the organization continues to provide valuable services, a need exists to develop a strategic plan, which aligns the organization’s mission and vision with the current direction. In addition to developing a more strategic focus, the organization would also like to enhance its governance structure.

As such, a volunteer is being recruited to work with the organization to develop a five-year strategic plan and facilitate the improvement of the organization’s governance structures.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Develop an action plan for conducting strategic planning process.

- Conduct consultations with personnel, volunteers, and other key stakeholders, to obtain input on realistic opportunities for enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of Help and Shelter.

- Using input from consultations, develop the first draft of a strategic plan, obtain feedback from key personnel/stakeholders, and then produce the final strategic plan.

- Facilitate strategic planning training of key personnel, volunteers, and stakeholders.

- Work with key personnel, volunteers, and stakeholders to establish and document proper governance structures.

- Facilitate development of implementation plan to guide organization’s new strategic agenda.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Graduate degree in Management, Organizational Development or related field.

Essential Professional Background:

- 3-5 years’ experience in organizational development, or facilitating organizational visioning and strategic planning processes.

- Experience with project management cycle (from needs analysis to monitoring and evaluation)


About Our Partner


Help and Shelter

Help and Shelter is a non-governmental organization formed as a response to the high incidence of violence, alcoholism and poverty in Guyana, the increase in family instability and the lack of support for victims wishing to leave abusive situations and/or in need of counselling and crisis services.

Help and Shelter was registered as a non-for-profit company on November 1994, and formally launched on November 26, 1995 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The crisis service became operational in January 1996, in an office kindly provided by the Georgetown (now Guyana) Legal Aid Clinic. It relocated on March 1, 1997 to the bottom flat of a building in the then Ministry of Labour Compound on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown, provided courtesy of the government.

A shelter for abused women and their children was built in 1999, with funding provided by the Basic Needs Trust Fund on land donated by the government in 2000. The shelter provides a safe place for victims of domestic violence and a temporary facility for girls age 14 and under, who are victims of trafficking in persons (TIPS).

Ongoing activities include:

  1. Public education, advocacy and networking against violence;
  2. Provision of counseling services, including a 24-hour crisis hotline;
  3. Running the shelter for abused and trafficked women;


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.