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Organizational Development Advisor

12 Month | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2017

Jamaica - Group 1


Location Jamaica

Start Date Jun - Aug 2017(flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 5

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


Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer’s Role


The overall purpose of the placement is to support the National office of the YMCA in Jamaica in increasing the organization’s capacity to deliver programs to at risk youth across the country.

This will be done by optimizing operations and reporting, developing and expanding communication protocols, and by supporting the redevelopment of the Montego Bay campus and other campuses around the island.

Over the years, the Jamaica YMCA has reached and has changed the lives of several young men and women across Jamaica. These boys were either struggling with low levels of literacy and numeracy, had behavioral problems, or were disadvantaged because of socio-economic backgrounds. Through attending programs at the YMCA, which has provided counselling, academic and career support, many of the boys transitioned to adulthood in a positive and meaningful way.

Cuso International has recognized YMCA as a key partner in achieving its objective under the Inclusive Sustainable and Economic Growth project. The volunteer placement will strengthen the organization’s capacity to respond to the emerging needs of young boys, and will strengthen its relationships with key stakeholders and partners across the country, positively impacting the organization’s efforts as a viable training and social development institution for boys in Jamaica.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct organizational development activities to revitalize the Montego Bay YMCA.

- Support communication and relationship building between Jamaica YMCA National Office and local offices (especially Kingston, Montego Bay and Spanish Town).

- Formalize annual reporting for national and local YMCAs to transparently share their successes publicly.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University degree in Business and Administrative Management, Program Development, Social Sciences or related discipline

- Specialization in organizational development or management

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in administrative management

- Experience working in organizational development/planning

- Excellent oral and writing skills

- Good networking and social work skills

About Our Partner


Young Men's Christian Association

The Kingston YMCA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1920. It is a family-oriented organization which seeks to promote the welfare of young people through spiritual, social, intellectual and physical activities that are geared to the development of the mind, body and spirit.

Community-Outreach Programs offered by the Kingston YMCA include Boys Town which provides vocational training and spiritual upliftment to depressed youths in the inner city of Western Kingston.

Other YMCA activities and programs that support youth include:

  • Youth Development Program (YDP)
  • Summer Camp
  • Leadership Development Training
  • Swimming
  • Welfare
  • Welding
  • Physical Education


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.