Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from on-site volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting in one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Honduras
Start Date May – Jul 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 3 Months
Language Requirements Spanish, English
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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
As a grant researcher and writer e-volunteer, you will be researching government, foundation and corporate grants, establishing and maintaining working relationships with grant funders and creating compelling narratives for funding applications and reports.
You will also assist in tasks such as overseeing reporting requirements for grants and contracts, handling confidential financial records, developing project descriptions and evaluation plans, help gathering budget materials for applications--making sure that guidelines for funding are complied with--and analyzing new strategies for income.
An Intermediate level in Spanish is an asset but is not mandatory for this e-volunteer placement.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Identify and research collaborative grant opportunities both national and international.
- Review multiple grants and prioritize opportunities.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with grant funders and donors
- Communicate effectively to the partner organization -CIARH- when a grant is located and disseminate the information quickly.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- A Bachelor degree in English, Arts, Journalism, non-profit management
Essential Professional Background:
- Proven ability to identify and secure grants.
- Strong computer skills.
- Strong communication skills in English.
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Strong organizational skills, with attention to details.
- Ability to work independently and self-discipline.
- Superior knowledge of non-profit agencies.
- Ability to communicate effectively with committee chairs and members.
- At least 2 years of experience in grant researching.
Coordinadora de Instituciones y Asociaciones de Rehabilitación de Honduras
The Coordinator of Institutions and Organizations of Rehabilitation Services in Honduras (CIARH) is an NGO whose main objective is to promote and contribute with the strengthening of its members. Their main goal is to contribute to enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities to facilitate the execution of their rights as human beings.
Tips for working in an online environment are available in our E-volunteering Toolkit found on our website, http://www.cusointernational.org/docs/default-source/publications/Training-Resources/e-volunteering-toolkit.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Based on approval, we will provide reimbursement for communications expenses related to your placement, such as Skype minutes, photocopying, and mail. We will reimburse to a maximum amount of $20 per month, with receipts, to a maximum of $100 for the length of the placement. Long-distance telephone call expenses will not be covered.
Technical requirements and considerations: E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience will be required for this placement.
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