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Business Management Advisor

2 Months | Start Date between Jul - Sep 2017

Location Vancouver

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Start Date Jul - Sep 2017

Length of Placement 2 Months

Language Requirements English


Open to Canadian Citizens, Canadian  Permanent Residents and US Citizens  only

Preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous


The Volunteer’s Role


The Business Management Advisor will work with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre executive team to explore ways to increase the capacity of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre by identifying the skills, expertise, and resources required to maximize the efficiency and growth of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre. Through this placement, the Business Management Advisor will conduct a capacity assessment of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.

The capacity assessment will be based on: a relevant literature and document review, interviews, meetings, focused group discussions and other data collection methods. A validation workshop, or meeting, on the preliminary findings of the assessment will be facilitated by the volunteer prior to the preparation and submission of the final capacity assessment and recommendations.


A representative from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre will provide project guidance throughout, including providing support for booking of essential meetings and facilitating engagement with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners.   The volunteer will work closely with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre staff, clients, and partners to conduct a detailed institutional capacity assessment which shall include assessing the existing capacity constraints, capacity development opportunities and training needs.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct Capacity Assessment: The Assessment should address the following key issues and capacity areas (these are not exhaustive and additional issues might appear during the placement):

  • Governance, Organizational Structure and Management
  • Technical Capacity and Human Resources

- Identify areas of need where future volunteers could support Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre: based on the results of the capacity assessment, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and the Business Management Advisor will identify skills and expertise that will strengthen Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s community impact, knowledge, tools and systems.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Graduate level degree in Management, Public Administration, non-profit leadership or related fields; or Undergraduate university degree with relevant combination of professional training, certification or experience

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience conducting at least one organizational/institutional capacity assessment

- Understanding of First Nations social services issues

- Strong report writing skills

- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.


This placement was made possible by The Winnipeg Foundation


About Our Partner


Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre is a strength and value-based family resource centre delivering community-based programs and services within the philosophy embodied in its name   - which translates from Anishinaabe (Ojibway) into the phrase, “we all work together to help one another.” The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre believes in accountability, transparency and effective use of resources. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre works together with families, partners, funders and governments to create community based solutions that build local capacity for self-care.

Established in 1984, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata is a Grandmother in the Winnipeg family of community service-providers with over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous families. They are community people helping other community people reclaim their Indigenous inherent roles and responsibilities as caregivers and the most important teachers of their children.

The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc. (Ma Mawi) was established in 1984 by committed community members who sought an Indigenous solution to supporting and rebuilding families. Since that time, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre has worked to support families to better care for children by creating meaningful opportunities for community and family involvement. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre believes that strengthening families is a worthy investment in the future.

Today Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre has over 50 programs, 11 sites, and 200+ staff and volunteers.

Visit their website at: www.mamawi.com


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 emergency medical insurance

- Pre-departure training  

- 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, if required



We ask each Canadian 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.