Location Quezon City, Philippines
Start Date Aug - Oct 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 aim of the placement is support and provide technical assistance to Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc. to develop, improve and strengthen its current monitoring and evaluation systems. FSSI recognizes the need to improve its monitoring and evaluation of results and impact of its financing services, both loans, and grants, as well as development interventions for social enterprises as contained in its Medium-term Development Plan.
Under the direct supervision of FSSI Executive Director and working closely with the monitoring and evaluation team, the volunteer will assist in developing the monitoring and evaluation framework, indicators of performance, methods, tools and process of data collection, analysis and reporting and dissemination of results. The monitoring and evaluation should provide a basis for evidence-based decision-making to FSSI management on necessary amendments or improvements to its financing program as well as development programs for social community enterprises across the Philippines. It should also help FSSI measure the impact of its programs and disseminate lessons learned to external stakeholders.
In addition, while the volunteer will work primarily with and support FSSI, time permitting the volunteer will also have the opportunity to advise and support FSSI member organizations and social enterprises on monitoring and evaluation.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review FSSI’s medium-term development plan, reports and existing monitoring and evaluation system, framework, data collection tools, etc.
- Conduct meetings with executive director and M&E team
- Conduct field visits/meeting with FSSI partners and social enterprises (in Luzon and Visayas)
- Provide support and technical assistance to the amendments and improvements of the monitoring and evaluation
- Provide support and technical assistance to FSSI assisted-social enterprises on monitoring and evaluation
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-University Degree in Economics, Statistics, Development Studies, social sciences or related disciplines
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, performance management, research, planning processes
- Training and knowledge or experience in designing monitoring and evaluation system
- Proven skills in critical thinking, assessment, and analysis; strong competency in conceptualizing and designing strategic frameworks
Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc.
Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc. was founded in August 1995, formed out of a debt-for-development swap initiative with the Swiss Government. The Philippines signed an agreement with Switzerland to reduce their external debt. This was then provided as an endowment to a development facility to support initiatives of local NGOs, POs, cooperatives and other community-based groups, particularly in the area of sustainable economic production efforts. This development facility is now known as FSSI and is an umbrella organization of 21 secondary organizations around the country and is taking the lead in supporting community-oriented, ecologically sound, and financially viable business ventures known as social enterprises.
Since 1995, FSSI has developed social enterprises with triple bottom lines in marginalized communities that are owned, managed and operated by the poor, economically sound and environmentally friendly. It is a sustainable resource institution committed to social investments that facilitate the entry and participation of poor Filipino communities for the development of just, local economies.
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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- 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.
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