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Program Development Advisor

12 Month | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2017

Jamaica - Business 1


Location Kingston 5, Jamaica

Start Date  Jun - Aug 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


The purpose of this specific placement is to support Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) in implementing its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Mentorship Program. The Ministry has recognized the Mentorship Program instituted by the Canadian Development Bank as best practice and wants to develop the project in Jamaica. The Ministry has begun the initial phases for the development of the mentorship project, but desires the support of a Program Development Advisor to facilitate the design and implementation of the project including a functional IT Platform.

The ministry intends to use the mentorship model developed and implemented by the Canadian Development Bank to strengthen the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector and support its business development platform with added mentoring support provided to businesses. The Program Development Advisor will support this project by articulating crucial and necessary features congruent to the Jamaican landscape, highlight the critical path for project implementation and designing the building blocks for a sustainable transferal of best practices.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Preliminary research on Canadian Mentorship Model and assessment of existing mentorship models

- Research and assess technical requirements and make recommendations for what could be implemented

- Develop conceptual framework

- Design and implement project plan

- Assist with the development of an implementation and monitoring framework for the delivery of 6 major outputs and related activities under the Trade Facilitation Roadmap and Project Plan – e.g. Develop Trade Web Portal

- Assist with developing a conceptual framework for a comprehensive National Services Industry Policy

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Information systems, Software engineering, Business Administration, International Business, Project management

Essential Professional Background:

- 2-5 years’ experience in a similar capacity


About Our Partner


The Minitry of Industry Commerce Agriculture Fisheries

Our partner, The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture (MICAF) is focusing their efforts on creating development policies that will generate jobs and create growth while also striving to protect consumers and become more socially inclusive.

The Ministry is responsible for advancing the development of a modern, efficient and internationally competitive agricultural sector as well as the sustainable management of fishery resources in order to promote food security and food safety. Working with their stakeholders, The Ministry is primarily responsible for policy development, monitoring and evaluation, directing and overseeing a group of implementing departments and agencies across the island, which include several technical and administrative divisions.


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.