Location Metro Manila, Philippines
Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
The Micro Credit/Micro Insurance Specialist is a key member of Trias Philippines team to provide advisory and coaching services to 8 membership-based organizations composed of small-scale entrepreneurs to improve provision, availability, and delivery of financial products and services to entrepreneurs. The volunteer specialist will assist in financial product development (loan products for specific target groups, such as youth, upland farmers, loans for specific crops, etc.); strengthening the credit management systems, portfolio quality management, social performance management (including managing the Progress out of Poverty Index Data), and micro-insurance. The volunteer will work within the framework of Trias strategy and the partner organizational development plans, as well as from research on youth finance. In addition, the volunteer will assist in the documentation and systematization of the approaches at the partner organizations’ level.
The Micro Credit/Micro Insurance Specialist will provide capacity building to Trias 8 partner organizations which include cooperatives, business and trade associations that provide financial services to micro-entrepreneurs engaged in different industries like food processing, handicrafts, and services. Membership of these organizations include women, men, and youth from poor, marginalized communities.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review the Trias programme, policy documents and research on youth finance programs
- Document, systematize and strengthen the experience of the partners in micro credit and micro insurance
- Study the organizational development plans of the partners. Participate in field visits with the MBOs
- Build the capacity of selected MBOs to implement the strengthen microfinance programs
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University Degree in Economics, Social Sciences or Agricultural Sciences
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 3 - 5 years of experience in small scale entrepreneur financing, micro credit, agricultural credit and or economic/enterprise development programs with community and civil society organizations or INGOs
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Training and coaching skills
- Understanding of participatory approaches to development
Trias Southeast Asia
Trias is an international development organization that works to increase livelihood security, wellbeing and connectedness of Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and Family Farmers through Organization Development and Capacity Building of their Member-Based Organizations. Overall, Trias works in 15 countries with over 100 partner organizations MBOs to strengthen them as a relevant, inclusive and sustainable organization that promote inclusive growth in favor of the Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and Family Farmers. In the Philippines, Trias currently implements its Program 2014-2016 “Creating Movement Through Movements” in partnership with ten partners, in metropolitan Manila, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. The new Program 2017-2021 continues and expands the scope of the program and includes the province of Sorsogon with overall nine partners.
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
- 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.