Location Kingston , Jamaica
Start Date Oct - Dec 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Established in November, 2004, the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is a network of government, academic, private and community based agencies committed to ensuring an evidence-based, systematic and coordinated approach to violence prevention. The Violence Prevention Alliance has been working with several stakeholders over the years to build sustainable approaches to reducing violence in the Jamaican society. Cuso International has established a partnership with the Violence Prevention Alliance to address some of the emerging issues relating to reducing violence. As a result, Cuso International is seeking a Project Evaluation Specialist to assist the VPA in its community animation, research, monitoring and evaluation responsibilities to work on two initiatives that the VPA is currently undertaking.
These initiatives are:
- The “Community Asset Mapping to Assist Violence Control” initiative in 60 communities, which has received partial Canadian CIDA funding, to develop community safety profile plans under the direction of VPA’s Dr. Jennifer Jones.
- The “Change Our Future” Project. This project is a training program, which includes having an on-line software for improving literacy and having students ready to transition to a higher grade. The Project is being piloted with NGO’s in 4 inner city Kingston neighborhoods.
The Project Evaluation Specialist will support the Violence Prevention Alliance to assess both projects, looking in detail at the objectives, outcomes and impact of the activities and to make recommendations for strengthening the programs so that they can be more impactful for beneficiaries.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support implementation of the “Community Asset Mapping to Assist Violence Control” project; and to document the results of the community assessment
- Support the VPA team in compiling gender based community safety profile plans in each community; to assist in promoting and publicizing the profile plans
- Support the VPA in establishing an evaluation methodology including to set up and interview participants, instructors, the funding agency and the 4 NGO deliverers of “Change Our Future” training project
- Support the VPA to collect and analyse data on outputs, outcomes and challenges of participants and deliverers; to produce an evaluation report with recommendations of the 4 “Change Our Future” pilot projects
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s Degree in Program/Project Implementation, Program/Project Evaluation
-Relevant certificates/diplomas in Project Evaluation
Essential Professional Background:
-At least 2 years’ experience working on gender equality related projects
-Experience in community development, monitoring and evaluation, experience and knowledge of equity and gender issues and understanding of NGO sector
-Experience working with/designing or implementing project evaluation methodologies
-Excellent oral and writing skills
Violence Prevention Alliance
The VPA was established in 2004 as an incorporated non-profit charitable organization. It’s Board of Directors is mandated to initiate a systematic and coordinated approach to violence prevention. It pursues its work through community based pilot service delivery programs, through evidence based research and evaluation, and through policy and legislation support and interventions.
With the support of a number of international agencies and foundations, the VPA undertakes its work through:
- Community based pilot projects and programs (including for example “Learning Centers” in 10 communities, a Child Resiliency Project, a Therapeutic Summer Camp, and Preventing Violence through Sports Project).
- Research studies and publications and the sharing of knowledge and best practices (including for example Sexual Offence Study, Youth Violence in Kingston, Cost of Care Mapping Project).
- Policy and legislative input and interventions (including for example, Safe Community 10 Point Plan, Peace for Prosperity Plan, Safe Community Ladder, and the Crime Observation Project).
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.