Location Cortes, Honduras
Start Date Apr - Jun 2017 (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
FUNDER, the Fundación para el Desarrollo Empresarial Rural (Fundation for the Development of Rural Entrepreneurship), was created to improve the living conditions of the rural population of Honduras. The organization supports the development of rural entrepreneurship to ensure the social inclusion and the financial sustainability of families in these areas, as well as the environmental sustainability of the activities. FUNDER uses different means to acheive these goals, including financial and technical support to the entrepreneurs, donations, funds from International Cooperation, volunteerism and strategic alliances with the private sector, governements, local communities and producers.
As a Community Development, your role will be to support FUNDER and other organization members of PROCACAHO, a network of the cacao production sector, in incorporating the psychosocial and the generational relay (Relevo Generacional) approaches in their work in the cacao production sector in Honduras. In your role, you will develop the capacities of the staff in the application of the psychosocial approach, design work and action plans to promote generational relay processess amonst cacao production organizations, as well as elaborate tools for the application of these two approaches to the cacao chain in Honduras.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Advice technical staff of FUNDER and other organizations in psychosocial and generational relay approaches
- Create tools to strengthen capacities
- Contribute to create alliances with other organizations at national and/or local level
- Research and analyze current situation including FUNDER and other organization of the sector of cacao producers strengthen and weakness in the area
- Mapping/research on local development
- Meeting with staff and other stakeholders
- Design work plan and action plans using participatory approaches
- Advise on gender issues
- Create tools to implement strategy and action plans
- Contribute to facilitate workshops, conferences and other activities
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in social science, psychology, social work, international development and/or equivalent experience in a related field
Essential Professional Background:
- Knowledge of rural development in Latin America
- Experience in psycho-social approaches
- Experiences working with youth
- Understanding of inclusive participatory approaches, amongst a variety of stakeholders, including gender sensitive methods
- Demonstrated experience working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
Foundation for Rural Business Development (FUNDER)
The Foundation for Rural Business Development (FUNDER for its name in Spanish) was established to improve the living conditions of rural Honduran population through entrepreneurship mechanisms that allow the inclusion and financial sustainability of rural families as well as the environmental sustainability of their respective environments.
To achieve its respective mandate, the Foundation has managed support (financial and non-financial) under different mechanisms and sources for a successful implementation of projects with real and measurable impacts in rural communities; Mechanisms and sources such as: Donations, International Cooperation Funds, Volunteering, Generation of Local Resources (including savings) in rural communities to promote their own development, and Strategic Alliances with private enterprise, government, rural communities and producers.
The Foundation for Rural Business Development (FUNDER), is a private institution, with legal personality and own property, apolitical, non-profit, provides its services without discrimination for reasons of race, sex, political ideology, religion or any other cause.
FUNDER support producers and has presence in 17 of the 18 departments of Honduras.
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.