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 – Jul 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 5 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
Our partner, the Myanmar National Association of the blind (MNAB)is eager to improve and scale up their programming to support visually impaired people in Myanmar, but at the moment they do not have the necessary skills or strategies in place to raise the funds necessary to do this. As the Fundraising Advisor, you will work with the staff post at MNAB that the current Cuso volunteer is working with to prepare a funding strategy for the organization, search out potential funding opportunities, and support the organization to put together strong project proposals.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
-Link MNAB with funding partners
-Provide online mentoring to the selected MNAB staff on fundraising strategies
-Support in the drafting and review of draft Project Proposals and give recommendations
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Essential Professional Background:
At least 2 years of experience in fundraising, including the building of relationships with donors, and successful winning of at least 5 major grants
Myanmar National Association of 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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