Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, 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
APEN is an association that gathers producers, importers and exporters, from different guilds. The work that APEN does is key for the strengthening of competitiveness and internationalization of its associates, who are small, medium, and large size businesses. APEN provide support to their associates through projects and programs focused on the insertion of Nicaraguan products in the international market.
APEN is an expert in exportation, commercialization and supply chain, but they are in the process of strengthening the gender mainstreaming in their productive and business activities. As a Gender Advisor, you will bring your experience and understanding of women's issues and gender mainstreaming to project, to remove barriers for rural women to participate in the supply chain. You will be part of a dynamic team in the Managua office and work alongside other Cuso International volunteers.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support on the monitoring of gender mainstreaming for the implementation of a project to strengthen supply chains.
- Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Nicaragua is implementing a project to eliminate barriers for rural women to participate in the supply chain. The volunteer will provide support on this matter.
- Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Nicaragua is an expert in exportation, commercialization and supply chain, but they are in the process of strengthening the gender mainstreaming in their productive and business activities.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Business Administration, Agribusiness, Agriculture or other related careers; or
- Degree in Women or Gender Studies
Essential Professional Background:
- 2-3 years working on analysis of supply chain
- Experience working with gender mainstreaming in value chain
- 2-3 years of experience on monitoring quality control of Supply chain
Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Nicaragua
The Association of Producers and Exporters of Products from Nicaragua (APEN), began operating in 1991 as the Association of Producers and Exporters of Non-Traditional Products (APENN) with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), as an initiative of a group of nontraditional agricultural producers, who understood the need to seek new options in the field of production and export and to provide support to small, medium and large Nicaraguan exporters.
Association of Producers and Exporters of Products from Nicaragua facilitates the maximum utilization of opportunities offered by international markets through:
- Promoting entrepreneurship competitive factors through capacity building services, technical assistance, providing advice and commercial information,
- Participation in international fairs, commercial missions, business round tables, as well as cooperation projects and programs and,
- Offering support to small, medium and large producers/exporters to participate in the regional and international markets.
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.