Location Bogota, Colombia
Start Date Apr – Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
We're looking for a volunteer like you to support our partner Sistema B by strengthening its community in Colombia.
Cuso International collaborates with different types of partners for our work in sustainable economic development, including private sector companies, networks and platforms, to help the communities we work with to achieve sustainable growth and change. Sistema B seeks to build a beneficial environment for companies that want to harness the power of business to solve social and environmental problems - these are B Corps. B Corpos are committed to generating positives changes while considering their consumers, employees, community, shareholders, and the environment in their impact decisions; they are aware that profits are needed to grow a business, but they are not willing to generate these profits at any cost.
As a volunteer with working to support the Sistema B community in Colombia you will work to carry out key marketing and recruitment activities, working with potential B Corps to improve their CSR initiatives to officially become B Corps, leading events to strengthen learning between companies and with Sistema B Colombia, and monitor the "Multiplicadores program" to involve key actors that can support recruitment and getting the message out about B Corps.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Along with the Sistema B Team design a work plan that includes activities to strengthen their community and boosts the number of members/B Corps certified.
- Support recruitment of new B Corps - providing technical assistance when possible based on needs of each company to meet the B Corps certification score. A target of 4 B Corps a month is being set for 2017.
- To help grow the community, you may strategize on services that could be provided to newly joined and current B Corps, organize events to train new B Corps on key areas (marketing, finances, etc.), promoting knowledge-sharing between B Corps on best practices and lessons-learned and/or creating strategic partnerships that could support the community.
- Support the management of the Multiplicadores Program in Colombia, Monitor the first graduates of the multiplicadores program and analyze the benefits program, adjusting materials and messaging.
- Support on other events that will support Sistema B to raise its profile in Colombia and in the private sector - presenting case studies for Academia B, documenting best practices to be shared with the International B community and private sector in Colombia, supporting Dia B.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree in international business or economics.
- Course work in finance, local development, strategic planning, communications.
Essential Professional Background:
- Strong networking and interpersonal skills; experience working in sales or communications directed at raising business profile.
- Experience working as a consultant, assessing and supporting SMEs; comfort with creating independent work plans and delivering on short deadlines.
- Experience carrying out field visits, research and summarizing/analyzing data collected.
Sistema B seeks to build a beneficial environment for those companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems: B Corps.
What are B Corps? B Corps are committed to generating positive changes while considering their consumers, employees, community, shareholders, and environment in the impact of their decisions. B Corps are not defined by the company’s size, turnover, or sector.
B entrepreneurs seek to create viable companies that offer solutions to social and/or environmental problems. They are aware that profits are needed to maintain and grow a business, but they are not willing to generate these profits at any cost. While the value and success of business in our economy are based traditionally on short-term economic gain; B Corps’ business model and decision-making rely on four fundamental areas: governance, workers, community, and the environment. B Corps contribute towards the solution of different challenges. For example, B Corps seek the inclusion of excluded groups, create more equitable, horizontal companies, prioritize the restoration of degraded ecosystems, the decrease, reuse, and recycling of waste, promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, or add value to local cultures and products. B Corps are not defined by the company’s size, turnover, or sector.
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.