Location Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Start Date Aug - Oct 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Live in the tropical savanna of Eastern Bolivia and support the Chiquitano Forest Conservation Foundation (FCBC) in making the most sustainable and socially responsible impact possible in their communities.
The FCBC is currently supporting multiple value chains, in varying stages of development, with the intention of expanding its support and influence to include new value chains in this upcoming year. Currently, FCBC is supporting value chains in natural medicinal, cosmetic, coffee and active carbon products throughout Bolivia. However, they are looking to expand to natural tea production (made from wild medicinal leaves and roots) as well as develop a new eco-tourism value chain in the community of Yororobá.
Cuso International Bolivia is looking for a volunteer just like you to contribute in administrative, organizational and productive capacities of the local associations supported by FCBC, dedicated to producing and providing socially and environmentally-sustainable products and services. Along with the staff at FCBC, you'll work in creating new organizational and institutional structures through an evaluation of current practices as well as support the team in designing and implementing corresponding strategic plans.
You'll also be responsible for transferring your skills to your local colleagues as well as the communities you will work with, giving workshops, seminars and producing educational materials on strategic planning, business continuity and administration, value chain and sustainability in business planning, among other subjects.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Facilitate workshops and/or create educational materials on themes related to strategic planning. These might vary depending on the volunteer’s expertise and the needs of the association though subjects may include business planning, conflict resolution, strategic planning, etc.
- Perform need-based analyses on associations, including an analysis of the new value chain of an eco-tourism initiative in Yororobá. The analysis should highlight the associations’ institutional needs, along with the beneficiaries’ progress in achieving their professional goals.
- Develop and implement strategic plans and recommendations on future actions of associations/groups based on the collected data.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Administration, Business, Social Sciences, Sociology, Economics or related field
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in research, strategic planning, project planning and/or monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience in organizational development and developing business plans.
Chiquitano Forest Conservation Foundation
The Chiquitano Forest Conservation Foundation (FCBC) supports and promotes conservation and sustainable development in the Chiquitano Forest ecoregion through technical training, knowledge management, research and financing, co-management of funds and implementation of projects, which are carried out together with the actors of the region and with different partner organizations. Thus, the FCBC promotes different initiatives with local and foreign economic resources together with local partners (municipalities, communities, associations, etc.), as well as organizations from Canada, European Union and UNDP, to name a few.
For more information about our partner, please visit www.fcbc.org.bo
SUPPORTING VALUE CHAINS
The FCBC is currently supporting between 5-7 value chains at a time, in varying stages of development, with the intention of expanding its support and influence to include new value chains in 2017-2018. The value chains that FCBC is currently supporting are:
- Natural medicinal products in Santiago de Chiquitos;
- Natural cosmetic oil products in Palmarito de la Frontera;
- Coffee as well as products derived from wild fruits in San Ignacio de Velasco; and
- Active carbon products made from wild fruit in Concepción.
CHIQUITANIA SOSTENIBLE PROJECT
As one of their initiatives, FCBC aims to support local economic development in the Chiquitano Forest and promotes the responsible use of natural forest resources through their “Chiquitania Sostenible” project.
After identifying areas of need, Chiquitania Sostenible directly intervenes in every step of the process of responsibly-produced products and services. This could mean delivering assistance in administration, supporting in production, promoting goods and introducing new products to the market, among other areas. Chiquitania Sostenible aims to connect producers and entrepreneurs in the region to larger markets and create an incentive in producting responsible goods and services. This project promotes the final products and services of its beneficiary groups through its webpage as well as through participation in fairs and events. For more information on this specific project, please visit: www.chiquitaniasostenible.com.
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.