Location San Carlos and Sabalos, Nicaragua
Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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
Fundación del Rio is an environmental protection organization working in the southeast region of Nicaragua. Fundación del Rio promotes the defense, protection and restauration of natural ecosystems in the region; the environmental education as a way of life for communities living in the Rio San Juan region; stimulate the development of alternative technologies; as well as the economic development and ecotouristic activities to improve the quality of life of the communities.
Part of the activities of Fundación del Rio includes supporting local economic growth of the communities in the region. As a Business and Market Advisor, you will support the business activities and the development of a market access strategy that Fundación del Rio addresses in coordination with four local cacao cooperatives in the magical and tropical Rio San Juan region. You will be working with them to improve their access to different local markets as well as support the diversification of the activities of its members.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide support for the development of a strategy that allows cooperative members to manage their farms in a sustainable way
- Provide support for the development of a market access strategy
- Provide support for the development of tools for members of the cooperatives to be used in sales negotiations
- Provide support for the development of tools to analyze market trends and make a timely decision for production plans
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor or College Degree in Economy, Business Administration or a related field
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 2 years of experience developing sustainable business plans
- Experience working on market access
- Experience in negotiation for sales and purchases
- Experience in market trends analysis
Fundacion del Rio
Fundacion del Rio is a nonprofit organization for the defense of natural resources and the environment of the Río San Juan Department of Nicaragua. The foundation aims to work for the conservation and development of southeast Nicaragua.
The main objectives of Fundacion del Rio include:
- Defense, protection, and restoration of natural tropical ecosystems of southeastern Nicaragua and their communities.
- Promotion of environmental education in the communities, for the approval of the concepts of sustainable development and conservation, and induction of changes in the productive culture of the population of southeastern Nicaragua.
- Promotion and support of the validity and effectiveness of the legal framework to ensure environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources.
- Encouraging the use of alternative technologies with the participation of the population, to contribute to the territorial and environmental management southeast.
- To promote public participation in the environmental management of natural areas.
Mission: Being a membership organization that defends empowered holistically Biosphere Southeastern Nicaragua in more equitable gender and generational relations, consolidating its internal processes, working according to its statutes, regulations, and policies. With higher level of financial sustainability and decentralized management by territory, with mechanisms for measuring the impact of work, acting in networks and more capacity Strengthened initiative relationships with local, national and international partners, communities with greater capacity for defense social rights, land, water and forest, as well as more opportunities for diversification of the family economy with a focus on sustainability.
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.