Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 7-12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 2, Writing: Level 2, Speaking: Level 1
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
FUNICA (Fundación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario y Forestal de Nicaragua) is a non-for-profit organization with membership of 24 public and private organizations, universities, professional and producers associations in the field of science, technology and development of agriculture in Nicaragua. The organization aims to contribute to the inclusive economic development of rural population is Nicaragua through the improvement of knowledge for the innovation of technology, services and processes.
FUNICA works closely with small producers and their associations, to improve the quality of life of their communities. FUNICA develops various projects to help them strengthen their capacities. As a Project Management Advisor, you will be asked to strengthen the capacity of our partner in Nicaragua and to develop, expand and manage their programs. Part of the position will require support in finding new funding opportunities and develop new partnership, to ensure the financial strength of the organization.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support our partner in the development of a fundraising strategy
- Identify and establish new partnerships
- Strengthen the knowledge of staff in financial procedures and funding trends in order to obtain additional resources
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree in Business Administration, Project Management or a related field/experience
Essential Professional Background:
- Project management and proposal writing
- Analytical skills
- Knowledge of international cooperation in Latin America
Funcación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario y Forestal de Nicaragua
Funcación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario y Forestal de Nicaragua is a local NGO that was created in 2000 by 24 partners of the private and public sector, farmer and forestry associations and universities. FUNICA has stood out in the implementation of impactful projects that include the marketing of services and agriculture and forestry technologies that have benefitted more than 300 farmer organizations and more than 300,000 rural families.
Funcación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario y Forestal de Nicaragua works at the national level but currently focusses its activities in the northern and southeastern territories of Nicaragua.
Their mission is to contribute to the strengthening of the Nicaragua agriculture and forestry sector through advocacy, promotion and development of capacities. Funcación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario y Forestal de Nicaragua seeks to be a model organization for technological innovation among the agriculture and forestry sectors with wide participation from both private and public sectors.
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.