Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from on-site volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting in one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Myanmar
Start Date May – Sept 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 4 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
MNAB recognizes the value of a good website and wants to improve their image and build understanding of their work throughout Myanmar and the world. As part of their funding strategy, they know that having information online will help potential donors to understand better what they are doing and why it is valuable. As the IT Advisor you will mentor the MNAB Program Officer to help him redesign and upgrade the current MNAB website to ensure that it is of high quality, visually appealing, and comprehensive. You will ensure that the Program Officer has the skills he needs in order to maintain the website over time. In addition to this, you will work with staff to ensure that the site is fully accessible for both blind and visually impaired peoples.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
-Analyze and assess the organization’s website then give feedback, comments and suggestions on the website and other online service; support the organization to update the website
-Build skills of organizational staff to ensure they are able to maintain the website over time
-Responding to technical questions on highlighted areas
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Training in website design, including accessible website design tools
Essential Professional Background:
-Able to customize Drupal CMS website
-Able to build e-library on Drupal for uploading
eBooks, audio books and video tutorials
-Familiar with accessible web design
Myanmar National Association for the Blind
Myanmar National Association of the blind (MNAB) is a membership based association representing people living with visual impairments in Myanmar. MNAB has 530 individual members, and 5 collective members throughout the country. MNAB focusses on promoting quality of life and advocating equal rights for persons with visual impairments. They aim to recommend a multi-dimension approach for Persons with Visual Impairment in holistic development and encourage disabled inclusiveness in policy design.
At the moment MNAB is doing local text to speech program, translating Non Visual Desktop Access tutorial kit and providing computer trainings.
Tips for working in an online environment are available in our E-volunteering Toolkit found on our website, http://www.cusointernational.org/docs/default-source/publications/Training-Resources/e-volunteering-toolkit.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Based on approval, we will provide reimbursement for communications expenses related to your placement, such as Skype minutes, photocopying, and mail. We will reimburse to a maximum amount of $20 per month, with receipts, to a maximum of $100 for the length of the placement. Long-distance telephone call expenses will not be covered.
Technical requirements and considerations: E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience will be required for this placement.
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