Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (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
Youth Upliftment Through Employment Limited (YUTE) and The MultiCare Foundation (MCF) formalized an administrative merger in 2015 to leverage strengths and build collaborative efforts to bolster the effectiveness, efficiency and viability of the two Jamaican charitable, youth-serving organizations. As the organizations implement their joint 3-year strategic plan, the one-year placement of a Cuso International volunteer with grant writing experience, will significantly and positively impact all four strategic areas of focus for the organizations: IMPACT, PARTNERS, TEAM AND BRAND.
Working in collaboration with the New Employment Opportunities Communication and Fundraising Specialist and the Executive Director of YUTE and The MultiCare Foundation to whom he/she will report, the Fundraising Specialist will have responsibility for researching, identifying, preparing and submitting of grant proposals to local and international grant/ donor agencies and the development of fundraising activities in line with the needs of the organization and/or its programs. The role will require an in-depth understanding of the vision, mission, and values of the organizations as well as the resource needs and plans for varied new and existing programs. The role will also require the individual to support YUTE and the Multicare Foundation to build out a business model for sustainability.
The objectives of the placement are to:
- Actively seek out, identify, suggest and negotiate grant funding opportunities for the organizations
- Research, preparation and submission of applications and proposals on behalf of the organizations, including private sector companies or foundations, donors, grant funders, other NGO partners locally and internationally
- Identification of and execution of revenue generating projects and fundraising activities to support existing and new program operations
- Create new or strengthen existing funding partner relationships
- Use all aspects of communications—utilizing website, crowd funding and social media as well as strong public relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
- Assist with building external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop a grant/ fundraising plan for organizations
- Consult and coordinate on other innovative fundraising activities.
- Consult, coordinate and use marketing/public relations to undertake activities to promote a positive profile of both organizations
- Provide capacity building workshops for knowledge transfer to staff on successful grant writing.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree at the Bachelor or Masters level (preferred), with at least 5 years of experience in a related field; and a track record of successful grant applications/ fundraising.
Essential Professional Background:
- Strong appreciation for and ability to use marketing, public relations, and fundraising activities to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Action-oriented, adaptable, passionate, strong ethics, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
Youth Upliftment Through Employment & The MultiCare Foundation
Youth Upliftment Through Employment
Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) Limited is a company limited by guarantee without share capital and incorporated in Jamaica. Its registered office is 7 Harbour Street, Kingston. YUTE Limited is an Approved Charitable Organisation as under Section 2 and Section 17 of the Charities Act, 2013.
YUTE was established in 2010 by a coalition of private sector companies led by The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ). The programme was conceptualised and founded under then PSOJ President, Joseph M. Matalon, in response to the sustained levels of antisocial behaviour, violence and crime among youth within inner-city communities, and consistent with the national agenda to roll out an aggressive programme of inner-city renewal.
Since January 2014, YUTE has operated as an independent charitable organisation closely associated with ICD Group Holdings Limited, chaired by Joseph M. Matalon. ICD Group along with other corporate funders provide invaluable financial, in-kind and technical support to assist YUTE in furthering its commitment to delivering development projects and programmes benefitting young persons in more than 35 inner city communities in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA).
YUTE’s mandate is to intervene in the lives of at-risk youth with a view to improving their numeracy, literacy, technical, employability and social skills leading to life-changing experiences; and producing graduates with the values, skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults.
The MultiCare Foundation
MultiCare Foundation (MCF) is a private not-for-profit organization operating in lower Kingston and Greater Portmore, St. Catherine. It was established in Kingston, Jamaica in April 1993 under the theme “Creating Hope, Empowering Many” and with endowments by: Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited (now known as Lime Jamaica); Caribbean Cement Company Limited; and the ICD Group Limited. MCF was established with six (6) schools and a commitment to youth and community development, particularly among students and young people from inner city areas of Kingston.
Through structured activities in sports, visual and performing arts, The MultiCare Foundation pays particular attention to the building of character and the promotion of tolerance and good interpersonal relationships among children from diverse background and often-contentious communities. The programs, now operating in thirty two (32) schools, are designed to inculcate discipline and responsibility, promote good physical, emotional and mental health development while providing them with opportunities to shine and achieve, build confidence and self-esteem and, ultimately, teach them softer an gentler approaches to living compared to those to which many of them are regularly exposed.
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.