Location Kingston, Jamaica
Start Date Jul - Sep 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 overall purpose of the placement is to provide support to the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) in implementing a newly approved project looking at women and corruption. The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre is presently supported by a Cuso International Organizational Development Advisor who is working with the organization to strengthen its internal capacity and to expand its work in different communities. WROC has recently been granted approval for implementing two projects, one being the Gender and Corruption Project (funded by the National Integrity Action Commission) and the Maternal Health Project funded by the European Union. Cuso International is seeking two Project Advisors to support the projects.
The Maternal Health-Project Advisor, will work with the project team in getting the project off the ground; supporting the framework for a strong project, support with project planning, logistics and overall implementation. The Project seeks to look address issues relating to maternal health; issues affecting women seeking and accessing pre-natal care. The main aim of the project is to positively influence health seeking behaviors of women, in an effort to improve the Jamaica’s efforts in reaching the Sustainable Development Goal maternal health goals.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Support Maternal Health project team to establish operational framework for the project
- Support project team in identifying and establishing project beneficiaries and develop contact sheet
- Organize and facilitate project workshops and trainings
- Support team in establishing external partnerships for the project and maintaining contact with external project partners
- Support Project team with communications and branding for project activities, such as press releases, project paraphernalia, brochures, support with project launch
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-University degree in Project Management, Administrative Management or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience in project implementation
-Experience working with NGOs, Civil Society groups
-Excellent workshop facilitation skills
-Excellent oral and writing skills
Women's Resource Outreach Centre
The Women’s Resource Outreach Centre was established as a non-profit organization with the purpose of providing social support for women and their families. WROC strives to build and sustain an organization which promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and supports boys and men through various programs.
WROC’s work is accomplished by an interdisciplinary team of board members-six females, two males-with expertise in business/entrepreneurship; professional services; academia; communications; community development as well as advocacy on gender equality. Programs are implemented by a small staff and core persons who are linked to specific programs. The organization currently concentrates its primary outreach in three program areas, health and wellness; community capacity building; research, advocacy and communications. The target group comprises students, young adults (many of whom are teen parents), senior citizens and males across all age groups in the various communities.
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.