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Market Researcher – Medicinal Plants (E-Volunteer)

Bolivia
5 Month | Start Date between Apr - Jun 2017

E-Volunteer

 

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 Bolivia

Start Date Apr – Jun (flexible)

Length of Placement 5 Months

Language Requirements Spanish, English, French

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

French Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4 (not mandatory)

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

Please submit a Spanish Cover letter and Statement of Interest

 

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only

 

The Volunteer’s Role

 

Cuso International Bolivia is searching for a volunteer like you to support our partner Fundación PUKARA and their producers in their search for market opportunities in Canada for their natural medicinal products.

Fundación PUKARA is the social branch of Grupo ALCOS, a leader in the pharmaceutic industry in Bolivia. As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility activities, the company has recently launched a medicinal plant-based product line made from traditional medicinal practices in Bolivia.

Cuso International has been supporting two of their suppliers, female producers' associations from the departments of Santa Cruz and Chuquisaca since 2016.

As an e-volunteer, you will support the associations in their business training in order to reduce the bottle necks in the making of their products from beginning to end - production all the way to the delivery - to increase the income in their communities.

As an e-volunteer, you will:

- Explore interest in medicinal products through market research of Canadian opportunities.

- Research and provide information on importation processes for Canada of medicinal products or plant-based products.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Degree on business management, administration, marketing or other relevant area.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience on making market research

- Technology savy

 

About Our Partner

 

Fundación PUKARA - ALCOS

GRUPO ALCOS S.A. is one of the leading and most prominent companies in the Bolivian pharmaceutical market that manufactures, develops and markets traditional and natural medicines with the aim of contributing to the preservation and improvement of human health.

Fundación PUKARA is the social arm of Grupo Alcos that develops plans, programs and projects that contribute to sustainable and sustainable development of the Bolivian society.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

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.

 

E-Volunteering Success Stories

 

E-Volunteering: Virtual Teams Making a Real Difference

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http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/impact/impact/e-volunteering-virtual-teams-making-a-real-difference

 

E-Mentoring: International Development One Email at a Time

Direct e-mentoring - mobilizing Canadian interns, supported by seasoned e-mentors

http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/impact/impact/ementoring-international-development-one-email-at-a-time

 

Online crowd sourcing: Good Globalization

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http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/impact/impact/good-globalization