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Research And Development Advisor


12 Months | Start Date between Dec 2017 - Feb 2018

Location Ethiopia

Start Date Dec 2017 - Feb 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

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

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

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.  

The Volunteer’s Role


The overall purpose of the placement is to help strengthen the research and development capacity of the EMwA community to ultimately improve the quality and coverage of midwifery care in Ethiopia.  

The specific objectives of the placement are to:

-Generate research ideas related to maternal and child health.

-Improve qualitative and quantitative research inputs and best practices for diverse projects.

-Improve research strategy, study design, methodology and analysis.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Contribute to design of exploratory and strategic research as well as production-oriented research (pilot, concept and pre-testing), to ensure the quality of all outputs; and initiate research proposals and action-oriented projects to generate new innovations and best outcomes.

- Support midwives and students in advising possible research areas and preparing research agendas; and commissioning of qualitative and quantitative studies, including negotiations on matters

- Work with Research and M&E teams, and liaise with project’s target audience; and oversee study implementation, including quality control, budget and timely delivery of research outputs.

- Generate research theme areas and best practice documentation methodology, with M&E team; and initiate midwifery journal and provide capacity-building training on research methodology

- Respond to call for abstract for conferences and share best practice and research findings.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- MPH/MSC/MA in Demography, Public Health, Health Informatics, Sociology or related field.

- At least 3 years relevant experience in research and M&E, preferably in the NGO sector.

- Proven ability to organize, analyze, interpret and evaluate program performance data

Essential Professional Background:

- Knowledge of statistical data package software like SPSS, SAS and Epinfo, including data entry sheets.                           

-Solid understanding of qualitative and quantitative data analysis software programs.

-Experience in project management.


About Our Partner


Ethiopian Midwives Association

The Ethipoian Midwives Association was established in February 1992 and is the only professional association representing Ethiopian midwives in the country. With 11 branch offices in different regions, the organization has over 5000 members and has been a member of the International Confederation of Midwives since 1993.

Our vision is to ensure that every woman, newborn child and family, has access to standard midwifery care.

Our mission is to promote and enhance the growth and performance of the midwifery profession adapting quality and evidence-based practices, adhering to the code of ethics, and empowering professionals to reduce maternal, new born and child morbidity and mortality, in addition to improving the sexual and reproductive health of the youth in Ethiopia.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



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.