Location Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 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
Through this placement, you will be directly contributing to the expansion of Cuso International’s programming in the Philippines, one of our newest program offices which opened in 2016. You will be working with the Country Program Office and our growing portfolio of partner organizations in Manila, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions – three of the regions with the highest poverty rates in the country – in order to design and implement a baseline research assessment of the organizations we work with. These partners work in a variety of sectors to increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the poor, with work focusing on agriculture, social enterprise and natural resource management, among others. By drawing on primary and secondary data sources, your research will help us to better understand the current situation of the partners and communities we work with, and to design projects that can most effectively meet their needs. In addition, you will also design a complementary monitoring system for staff and volunteers to use to track data in future years, ensuring the continued usefulness and sustainability of the research project.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review operations and activities of Cuso International and the Philippines program
- Design research methodology and workplan in coordination with relevant Cuso International staff members
- Conduct primary and secondary research with existing data sources and partner organizations
- Develop user-friendly system and tools for monitoring and follow-up of data for future use.
- Train and coach staff and volunteers on use of the new tools and systems
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Post-secondary training in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies or equivalent experience
Essential Professional Background:
- 2-3 years’ experience in social science research
- Experience in primary and secondary data collection
- Strong research and writing skills
Cuso International Philippines
Cuso International is an international development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of skilled volunteers. Each year, we place volunteers from North and South America in developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Volunteers collaborate with local partners on health, education, environment, social justice and livelihoods projects, sharing knowledge and experience to create sustainable change.
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.