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Research Advisor

12 Months | Start Date between Sep - Nov 2017

Myanmar - Yangoon 1



Location Yangon, Myanmar

Start Date Sep - Nov 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

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

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only


The Volunteer’s Role


The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) recognizes the value of having accurate and up to date information and basing programs and projects on that information. In 2002 UMTA conducted an exit survey at the airport, but they didn’t analyze the data or write it up in to a usable format for tourism service providers to learn from. We want you to help them rectify the situation!


You will work with UMTA to build a survey aimed at tourists as they exit the country. UMTA wants to know what tourists think is going well and where travel agents and tourism providers need to improve. Once a solid survey is built, you will train people to gather the data, enter that data, and analyze that data. In the end a research document will be built along with a list of recommendations and you will test the skills building as UMTA prepares to undertake the research again the following year.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Research project management from initial assessment and set up until results

- Setting up secondary data collection team

- Coaching local research coordinator

- Conduct basic training and workshops for volunteers of research and development

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University/post-secondary degree including qualitative and quantitative research techniques training

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in writing research papers

- Experience conducting field research

- Experience in survey design


About Our Partner



Union of Myanmar Travel Association

The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) is the principal association formed with the express purpose of organizing the private sector travel agencies, tour operators and travel related businesses in the promotion of Myanmar as a premier travel destination. The UMTA aims to assist in the sustainable development of the Myanmar tourism industry, promote the image of the country, create new job opportunities and assist in the economic development of Myanmar.


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



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.