Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish, English
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, 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 in Colombia, the Fundacion Activos Culturales Afro (ACUA), to develop a fundraising and communications strategy.
Cuso International collaborates with different types of partners for our work throughout value chains to help the communities we work with to achieve sustainable growth and change. Fundación ACUA works alongside Afro Colombian communities, some of the most marginalized and affected by the internal armed conflict, focusing on community empowerment and sustainability, and the preservation of Afro-Latino cultural practices, heritage and traditions, like fishing, dance, music, festivals, culinary practices, traditional plants - through entrepreneurship and business development.
Currently, Colombia is recieving a lot of attention because of the peace accord, and the organization would like to capitalize on this moment to highlight its years of community work, partnerships and the strong resilience and needs of the Afro community in Colombia. For that reason, we need someone like you to support Fundación
ACUA to develop a fundraising and communications strategy that conveys its mission, highlights the impacts and results achieved in the communities they work, to target wider audiences in the region and potential new donors.
You will work with the organization to develop materials, stories, communication pieces, help capture their results through different media and imagery, sharing them through social media/web platforms - ultimately helping to define their brand. You will be capable of assessing calls for proposals or funding opportunities for fit with the Fundacion's mission, as well as support on drafting concept notes.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support Fundacion ACUA to diversify its funding by researching calls for proposals and creating a database of funding agencies that align with the organizations mission, and provide short summaries of the Calls For Proposals so that the team can evaluate the opportunity and make decisions about moving forward to develop a concept note or full proposal with the volunteers support.
- Identify needs within the team to strengthen their fundraising skills, providing how-to tools
- Advise the Fundación on how to raise its profile, to improve external communications and build its network in the region, captured in a communications plan. Help produce materials and implement the strategy.
- Identify needs areas and gaps where you can create how-to materials adaptable for the organization and its partners.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Masters/bachelor’s degree in marketing, international development, social sciences, media and communications.
Essential Professional Background:
- Minimum experience 1-2 years’ experience working in international development or knowledge of key actors and vocabulary.
- Experience in creating a fundraising strategy and fundraising.
- Able to work independently and take initiative.
- Experience developing funding proposals.
- Experience developing outreach strategies, building networks, etc.
- Communications experience.
Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations
The Afro-Cultural Assets Foundations is a non-profit organization originally created as a program of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 2007 and became a foundation in 2010. Based in Bogota, Colombia, their main objective is to support cultural enterprises in rural communities of African descendants in Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil.
They to raise the visibility of community traits that are the object of income-generating enterprises. For example, they have supported Afro communities that work in artisanal fishing, the cultivation of cacao, processing cacao, collecting mussels and making handicrafts with sisal. All of these enterprises have in common the use of products closely linked to a particular community and its practices and ancestral knowledge.
The Foundation has also worked in advocacy, advancing the agendas of Afro-descendants; in academic studies of Afro culture and promoting research on cultural themes; in promoting social legislation of interest to communities of Afro-descendants in Colombia; producing and participating in events that value cultural assets, and funding audio-visual resources on Afro-cultural themes.
Among the fundamental tools of the foundation’s work are knowledge sharing encounters amongst and between communities and the general public, building alliances with universities, international and regional non-government organizations and government agencies and businesses in the countries where the foundation works.
Quibdó – Fundación de Festivos Franciscanas - http://sanpachobendito.org/calendario/
Providencia – ASOCRAB - http://www.asocrab.com/en/
Video tour of Bahía Solano, Choco - https://youtu.be/m8ZwyUB-gIA
Bahía Solano – Municipality of Bahía Solano - http://www.bahiasolano-choco.gov.co/index.shtml#2
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.