Location Cali-Buenaventura, Colombia
Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, 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 only
Passionate about small business? Want to share your knowledge and contribute in their success?
Cuso International Colombia is searching for a business-savvy volunteer like you that can provide our partner organizations with knowledge of business and specifically, small enterprises (SEs) to transfer skills to the staff and the entrepreneurs that they aim to support.
In your role as volunteer, you’ll be working on technical assistance and personalized guidance to each of the SEs. Based on each business, you’ll work with the entrepreneurs themselves to strengthen their business plans, transfer your expertise of responsible practices, corporate social responsibility and implementation strategies to strengthen their initiatives.
Through your work, you’ll strengthen the partner organization and train its staff to continue your recommendations and implement practices developed.
This will give them the knowledge to then continue supporting future entrepreneurs, most of which are people in situations of vulnerability and victims of the Colombian armed conflict – with innovative ideas and an enthusiasm to succeed in their new small businesses.
For this volunteer placement, we are currently looking for 3 volunteers, one to be based in the city of Quibdó and 2 others to be based in the city of Cali, supporting Buenaventura.
* This placement is funded through the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) Project of Cuso International. For more information on the project, please visit: http://www.cusointernational.org/programs/projects/project/scope.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Carry out a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of each business, and propose and implement strategies to strengthen and improve each of the small enterprises.
- Conduct capacity-building for entrepreneurs.
- Support the SEs in implementing management practices and promoting employee retention.
- Train on good practices and lessons learned, while identify challenges and opportunities that the organization must incorporate, aligned to the SCOPE project.
- Identify gender equality and social inclusion tools that can be implemented by these enterprises and our partner organization.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in economics, business or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in project design, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and/or business management.
- Experience working with small enterprises.
Cuso International Colombia - SCOPE Project
Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and the generosity of their donors.
We picture a world where all people can realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. We believe in the power of people. We are committed to a people-centered approach to development in order to reduce poverty and inequality. We support our partners to be the protagonists of their own development and recognize that effective development concerns all people and we seek to mutually reinforce our capabilities.
Cuso International has implemented the Sustainable Colombian Opportunities for Peacebuilding and Employment (SCOPE) Project in Colombia, funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
The SCOPE Project aims to improve the economic growth of people in situations of vulnerability and to increase the equitable participation of young people, women and victims of the armed conflict, adapting to the needs of the labor market in eight important cities of Colombia: Bogotá-Soacha, Medellin, Quibdó, Cali, Buenaventura, Cartagena and Barranquilla.
SCOPE will adopt policies, strategies and programs for employment and gender equality and social inclusion, volunteerism and mentoring, and develop partnerships with both the public and private sectors to become an innovative model for the socioeconomic inclusion of people in situations of vulnerability.
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.