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Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist

12 Months | Start Date between Oct - Dec 2017

Location Metro Manila, Philippines

Start Date Oct - Dec 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist will work to build capacity of the Trias Philippines - Southeast Asia office and their partners, to establish and manage their youth entrepreneurship programs. Trias youth entrepreneurship strategy focuses on the livelihood security, connection, and inclusion of the youth in the broad aspects of social and economic development. The volunteer will contribute to the improvement of the strategy. The Specialist will work within the Trias gender and inclusivity framework and action plan, and build on the research of Trias on effective youth programming conducted in February/March 2017. He/she will develop specific parameters for youth entrepreneurship programs at the partner level, and assist Trias and its partners to develop tools and approaches, specific to youth and gender. He/she will assist in the documentation and systematization of the approaches at the partner level.


The Youth Entrepreneurship/Business Development Services Specialist will provide support and capacity building to Trias’ partner organizations in Metro Manila and in the Bicol region. Trias works with 8 membership-based organizations (MBOs) like cooperatives, businesses and trade associations who are composed of family farmers (FF) and small-scale entrepreneurs (SSE). These small-scale entrepreneurs are involved in different industries like food processing, handicrafts, services and others. The family farmers produce abaca (banana hemp), pineapple, dairy and other crops. Membership of these MBOs include women, men and youth from poor, marginalized communities.


As a volunteer, you will:

- Review Trias policy documents on inclusivity and youth; review Trias research on female youth programming

- Document and systematize the experience of the partners in youth entrepreneurship programming

- Study the organizational development plans of the partners. Participate in field visits with the MBOs

-  Develop the concept of on-farm and off-farm youth entrepreneurship programs per partner

-  Build the capacity of the MBOs to implement the youth entrepreneurship programs, and analyzes and formulate of learning and best practices

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, or Agricultural Sciences

Essential Professional Background:

- At least 3 - 5 years of experience in small scale entrepreneur rural and urban business development, and/or youth economic programs with community and civil society organizations or INGOs

- Excellent verbal communication skills

- Training and coaching skills

- Understanding of participatory approaches to development


About Our Partner


Trias Southeast Asia

Trias is an international development organization that works to increase livelihood security, wellbeing and connectedness of Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and Family Farmers through Organization Development and Capacity Building of their Member-Based Organizations. Overall, Trias works in 15 countries with over 100 partner organizations MBOs to strengthen them as a relevant, inclusive and sustainable organization that promote inclusive growth in favor of the Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and Family Farmers. In the Philippines, Trias currently implements its Program 2014-2016 “Creating Movement Through Movements” in partnership with ten partners, in metropolitan Manila, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. The new Program 2017-2021 continues and expands the scope of the program and includes the province of Sorsogon with overall nine partners.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.


Hear from our Volunteers

Working with the Cuso International in country staff has been a pleasure. I have found that they are very supportive and accommodating, providing much needed guidance on meeting the challenges of work life here in the Philippines. Day to day life in the Philippines I feel is safe. So long as you pay attention to your surroundings and don’t go into areas that your presence would draw unwanted attention, I don’t feel you would encounter problems. Each day you face new challenges, but they pertain to learning how to adapt and adopt to a way of life that in some ways is unfamiliar.

 - Christopher Olsen,

Knowledge Management and Learning Advisor


I like sharing my skills, talents and expertise with Trias Southeast Asia through the position they assigned to me which is a Curriculum Development and Training Specialist. I feel satisfied and accomplished at knowing that I am able to build capacity building to target beneficiaries of Trias now. It is very fulfilling, satisfying, enjoyable and most of all gaining experiences of a lifetime which no amount of money earned can buy.

- Leonida Tuazon,

Curriculum Development and Training Specialist