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Micro-Finance Advisor


12 Month | Start Date between Jan - Mar 2018

Location: Toronto

City  Yangon, Myanmar

Start Date Jan - Mar 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer’s Role


There are currently a growing number of players involved in Small and Medium Enterprise development, value chains or microfinance execution in Myanmar. Myanmar Business Executives Association is involved in a number of initiatives that support new and small business development, particularly for women. Two of their interventions include the provision of micro-finance and a newly launched mentoring program. Whilst they believe that they do have success stories in relation to these two initiatives, they currently have no system to measure the real impact of their work and to ensure they are working within recommended or best practices within the Myanmar context.

The purpose of this placement is to develop a system to build on current Monitoring & Evaluation systems that are able to better collect lessons learned and assess the real impact of the micro-finance or credit carried out by Myanmar Business Executives Association and the impact of the mentoring program. This should also help Myanmar Business Executives Association to develop a series of Best or Recommended practices. This would include the capturing of case stories. The expert will also be asked to research potential sources of funding and edit proposals as necessary. The initial focus for this particular placement would be Yangon.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Carry out research within the micro-finance and credit industry, including with beneficiaries where possible, as to what they consider best practice in this area

- Complete the roll-out of the mentoring program implementing best practices.

- Oversee 3 cycles of the Mentoring Program Process implementing process improvements. Continue the training of the Mentoring Program Coordinator.

- Analyze the newly launched mentoring program to determine impact on the beneficiaries

- Conduct an assessment within Myanmar Business Executives Association and their associates to see to what extent they are incorporating best practices and recommend ways to improve

- Recipient assessment of the impact of Myanmar Business Executives Association interventions, particularly for women

- Development a tool to document how far Myanmar Business Executives Associations recipients, particularly women, are incorporating best practices. Assist Myanmar Business Executives Association in documenting case studies.

- Assist Myanmar Business Executives Association, as required in the training of staff in proposal development and assisting in editing.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University degree in finance or business or related field

Essential Professional Background:

- Knowledge of issues related to Microfinance and microcredit

- Experience in Mentoring small business owners

- Practical research experience with a variety of stakeholders (CSOs, Businesses, NGOs, local and national government)

- Understanding of inclusive participatory approaches, amongst a variety of stakeholders demonstrated experience of working in multicultural and multi-disciplinary teams

About Our Partner


Myanmar Business Executives Association

Myanmar Business Executives Association was formed by local business entrepreneurs in Myanmar holding MBA degrees. It began initially as a book club where members could share information. In 2008, a Business Capacity Building Training Centre (BCB) was established in Yangon with the purpose to provide business know-how and skills for Myanmar small businesses and individuals to carry out business activities successfully and professionally. Since May 2008, post cyclone Nargis, Myanmar Business Executives Association has been engaged in the socio-economic development of poor rural communities, especially in the Irrawaddy Delta. Myanmar Business Executives Association is currently engaged in the development of the social and economic standards of the villages in the Irrawaddy Delta as well as in Yangon and a number of other regions.


Main Activities

  • Business training: courses on general management, financial management, Small and Medium Enterprise development and Micro-finance, corporate training for business enterprises
  • Training on socio-economic development of poor rural communities: village development committee capacity development, DRR training to ease the impact of natural disasters, Small and Medium Enterprise development training
  • Microfinance Funding and capacity Building: providing microfinance loans -
  • Rural School Facility Development: Establishment of school libraries and providing library management training, providing scholarships and stipends to poor students in villages


Primary Beneficiaries

  • Aspiring business leaders and those interested in social enterprise
  • The poor and vulnerable people, women, small-scale producers living primarily in the Delta area


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.