Location Tegucigalpa. Nicaragua
Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 9-12 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
ANDI, Asociacion Nacional de Industriales (National Association of Manufacturers of Honduras) is a non-profit entrepreneurial organization that was created to represent and assist the industrial sector at a national level. The organization ensures the rights of the industrial sector and promotes solutions to problems that affect their development in one way or another. ANDI achieves these goals through the integration, enhancing of capabilities and increase market penetration of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The organization also focuses on youth and creating opportunities for young people to participate in entrepreneurship and possibly generate larger revenues.
Your overall purpose as the Organizational Development & Strengthening Advisor, would be to support and strengthen the work of ANDI regarding value chains in Honduras. This will be done by developing approaches and mechanisms to improve management capacity and researching project opportunities and development of value chains. In your role, you will also collaborate with stakeholders to create value chains that result in more equitable benefits for everyone, including women and youth.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop value chain approaches and mechanisms to improve the management capacity through research and analysis
- Assess project opportunities and development of value chains
- Contribute to the promotion and coordination of the development of value chains and links to building inclusive business efficiency and quality in the given value chain
- Collaborate with stakeholders through training on the subject of value chains in order to build a strong interest in establishing a more profitable chain and equitable sharing of benefits, including women and youths
- Contribute to the coordination of the volunteer program that Cuso International Honduras is and/or plan to develop with ANDI (our partner)
- Support other Cuso International partners with regards to value chains as well as other activities assigned
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University degree or equivalent experience in economic development, private sector development, social business development in line with Cuso International’s mission and programs
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 5 years of work experience in value chains.
- Experience and strong track record as a value chain advisor with alongside donor-funded programs supporting value chain actors and market systems.
- Experience in dealing with actors at all levels in value chains, including farmers, processors, input suppliers and service providers.
- Experience in project management, proposal writing, project and work planning, monitoring & evaluation and reporting.
The National Association of Manufacturers of Honduras (ANDI in Spanish) is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization created for the main purpose of representing and assisting the industrial sector at a national level, ensuring their rights and promoting the solution of problems that in general or particularly affect their development.
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.