Location Atlantida, Honduras
Start Date Jul - Sep 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish, English
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
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
Live in the capital of Honduras and contribute to the living conditions of rural populations throughout the country!
Our partner organization, Fundación para el Desarrollo Empresarial Rural (Foundation for the Development of Rural Entrepreneurship) or FUNDER, was created to support the development of rural entrepreneurship and improve social inclusion and financial sustainability of families in rural areas, as well as the environmental sustainability of their crops and products.
In your role, you'll get the chance to support FUNDER members and associate organizations such as the Asociación de Productores de Cacao de Honduras (Association of Cacao Producers of Honduras) or APROCACAHO, in obtaining organic certifications as well as fair trade certification marks monitored by Fairtrade International (FLO). In addition, you'll build our partner organization's capacity to successfully sell and market the organic and environmentally friendly products of their members, promote Fair Market Certifications and build on the business management of the cacao producers in Honduras.associate
Under the guiding principles of Fairtrade International and in line with their commitment to the environment and sustainable development, our main objective is to support the cacao producers to strengthen their organizational structure in technical support, organizational structure, communications, leadership and empowerment (gender equality), as well as the importance of the principles of fair and direct trade.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Research Fairtrade International (FLO) certification requirements and advice FUNDER and APROCACAHO in marketing of organic and environmentally-friendly products and how to move forward to obtain these certifications.
- Conduct market research analysis to develop alliances with other organizations at the national and/or local level with similar interests and values.
- Analyse current structures, procedures, capacities of FUNDER and other organization of the cacao production sector and create tools to strengthen their capacities.
- Use diagnostic results elaborated by previous Cuso International volunteers and FUNDER of cacao organizations and implement a work plan using participatory approaches that promote gender equity and social inclusion as part of rural development.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in business, economics, or marketing (preferably with a focus on agriculture) and/or equivalent experience in a related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience or knowledge of rural business development.
- Skilled in market research and/or analysis of internal structure or processes.
Foundation for Rural Business Development (FUNDER)
According to the World Bank, Honduras is the country in Latin America with the highest poverty rate, where 64.5% of households in the country live below the poverty line and 42.6% are considered to be living in extreme poverty (relying on less than $2.5 US a day). In rural areas, this is even more prominent as approximately 6 out of every 10 households are considered to be in extreme poverty, considering that the largest number of people living in rural areas depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
This is exactly the reason why the Foundation for Rural Business Development (FUNDER) was established. FUNDER is a non-profit institution that provides its services without discrimination on grounds of race, sex, political ideology, religion or any other cause. FUNDER's goal is to improve the living conditions of the Honduran rural population through entrepreneurial services, allowing inclusion and financial sustainability of rural families. To do this, the foundation relies on different resources to achieve their goals such as donations, strategic alliances with private companies, government, rural communities and producers, as well as local and international volunteers such as those that are placed with Cuso International.
The foundation provides various opportunities and services for rural business development through, advice, technical assistance for sustainable rural business development as well as financing and strengthening of rural banks, micro-enterprises, agribusiness and renewable energy initiatives that improve the quality of life of its target population
The specific objectives of the Foundation are the following:
- Propose and implement policies and strategies to combat poverty and environmental, economic and social vulnerability of the rural population, promoting their competitive and sustainable insertion in market economies in Honduras.
- Investigate and analyze the factors that condition the development of the rural enterprise, developing new methodologies, with an integrated approach gender equity and contemplating the sustainability of ecological, human and financial resources.
- Strengthen and directly increase the participation of women in the production areas of rural enterprises.
- Train public, private, and rural organizations in rural business development methodologies.
- Support the privatization of technical assistance services to small agri-business to support competitiveness and efficiency.
- Advise the public sector as well as rural organizations in rural business development methodologies, and providing support in project management, monitoring evaluation of new and existing programs and projects.
- Implement rural business development projects by public institutions, rural organizations, or international cooperation, and with the support and collaboration of FUNDER members.
- Design and implement a model for the development of Small Business Agriculture, including strategic elements to promote small-scale agriculture, integration into markets, and with organizational structures that support agricultural businesses to function independently.
FUNDER support producers and has a presence in 17 of the 18 departments of Honduras.
For more information, please visit: http://www.funder.hn/
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.