Location Ciudad Dario, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Start Date Nov 2017 - Jan 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 1
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 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
FEMUPROCAN is an organization that promotes the empowerment of rural women producers, organized in cooperatives with the goal of their full participation in development. They offer support technical support to the producers, develop their members' capacity through workshops and other forms of knowledge sharing, as well as promote corporatism and the protection of the environment.
As a Project Management Advisor, you will support FEMUPROCAN's capacity to monitor and evaluate its projects and activities. You will work closely with FEMUPROCAN staff and producers to continue using the monitoring tools and processes developed by a previous volunteer, with a specific focus on climate change adaptation initiatives.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Compile and revise monitoring tools used by FEMUPROCAN.
- Provide training on monitoring and evaluation to FEMUPROCAN staff.
- Provide training on monitoring and evaluation to FEMUPROCAN staff.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in International Development, Management, Public Administration, Project Management or a related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation
- Experience with issues related to climate change
- Knowledge about resilience techniques to face climate change
- Knowledge in gender equity
FEMUPROCAN is a union organization which supports 1910 partners, affiliated in 71 cooperatives. These cooperatives are based on land tenure/individual property, agri-business on small and medium scale and well as the commercialization of local products. These cooperatives are affiliated together in to 10 secondary level agribusiness unions. FEMUPROCAN was created in 1997 by 100 cooperatives from 10 cooperative unions. FEMUPROCAN promotes the integral empowerment of women producers organized in cooperatives so that they achieve a full participation in the development process. The women of FEMUPROCAN are from six departments and one autonomous region, representing 17 municipalities and 99 communities.
The Mission of FEMUPROCAN is to promote empowerment of rural women producers, organized in cooperatives with the goal of their full participation in development.
The Vision of FEMUPROCAN is of an organization of empowered women, who start initiatives and have the capacity to participate and insert themselves into development. They have a progressive vision and sufficient means to support their businesses and projects, securing their futures and the continuity of their efforts.
- Strengthen the organizational space of the Federation, the participation and cooperative relations between associates.
- Strengthen the union identity and gender of cooperative women of FEMUPROCAN
- Strengthen the economic capacities of members in production, adding value and marketing.
- Strengthen the capacity for advocacy by cooperative members towards existing authorities in each territory.
- Strengthen the management of funds for the implementation of planning processes
- Consolidate the Planning, Monitoring and evaluation system and information management within the Federation.
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.