Location Condega, Nicaragua
Start Date Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 2
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Candidates that have the right background for this placement but are not at the right level of fluency may be offered Spanish classes while in the country provided they are willing to invest time to learn Spanish before their placement.
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
OCTUPAN is a community organization in Condega, who aims to accompany the families of small producer’s through a process of permanent reflection and organization with a strong focus on community equity. They work closely with the beneficiaries offering a wide range of support, with a very strong emphasis on gender and the environment as cross-cutting themes.
Cuso International has been collaborating in the last few years with OCTUPAN to support the work they do with youth and women entrepreneurs in the community. They deliver services to develop economic initiatives among these groups and they are looking for someone like you to grow their network of support!
As a Sales Advisor, you will bring your knowledge of business, marketing and sales to support the creation of new economic initiatives among youth and women in the community. You will help the organization with creating a development strategy that will ultimately lead these groups to having better access to markets. With your understanding of business planning, market analysis, and marketing, you will contribute positively to the growth of the community!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Strengthen the capacities of Octupan´s technical entrepreneurship services team to promote new economic initiatives.
- Women and youth entrepreneur groups reached by OCTUPAN strengthen their capacities and skills to develop, establish and manage sustainable businesses that respond to market needs.
- Strengthen the capacities of OCTUPAN technical team to undertake market studies to facilitate the commercialization of products and services offered by the beneficiaries´ businesses.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in business/ economic or related careers
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience related to business development.
- Experience of the formulation of business plans.
- Capacity to transfer knowledge to vulnerable groups.
- Awareness of natural resources conservation issues.
OCTUPAN develops and manages food security projects. The organization aims at incentivizing economic growth through highly-productive groups or groups that have the potential to become highly-productive. OCTUPAN’s main focus is the capacity building of both technical teams and the productive groups in Condega and Palacagüina, in order to increase local revenue and local employment. The association was formed in March 1998 and legally constituted in 2002.
OCTUPAN´s main purpose is to accompany the families of small producer’s through a process of permanent reflection and organization with a strong focus in community equity in order to contribute with the development process, improvement of agricultures and socio-economic system, and improvements in the people´s quality of life within the territories where it works.
OCTUPAN has two main programs: "Production and Environment" and "Citizenship Promotion", both programs incorporate gender and environment as cross cutting themes.
Mission - Increase the capacities of rural families of Esteli and Madriz so that they are able to respond and solve their social and economic needs with sustainability, equity and self-management.
Vision - Octupan possesses a vision according to the changes of behavior it expects to achieve within its target population. Those changes include: target population has changed their attitude facing the different social problems and they are actively involved in the identification of solutions. The work of institutions have caused positive changes in the target population´s behavior which contributes to improve their personal, family and community relations.
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.