Location Kingston, Jamaica
Start Date Aug - Oct 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Cuso International Jamaica Office is seeking an Enterprise Development Advisor to support the growth of the Rose Town Foundation and the Joy Town Foundation which are based in inner-city communities in Jamaica and to contribute towards implementation of community programming related to entrepreneur development and sustainable farming. As the Enterprise Development Advisor, you will support both the Rose Town and Joy Town Foundations in developing a sustainable business model for its community enterprises, which will in the long run be an income generating project and reducing high levels of unemployment and poverty in these poor and marginalized communities.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Establish Management support for all enterprises
-Provide skills training relevant to each enterprise for community members
-Support in ensuring quality control, marketing and sales/promotion mechanisms for all enterprises
-Develop 2-year business plan for each enterprise, culminating in sustainable operations
-Conduct feasibility study for Joy Town Foundation and implement operational mechanisms as mentioned above
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree or Diploma in Business Management, Commerce or related field
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience working with inner-city community based organizations and NGOs
-Experience developing enterprise models for communities
- At least one year of experience developing assessment tools and/or training materials
- Experience with enterprise development and entrepreneurship training
Rose Town Foundation
The Rose Town Foundation was established in 2006 to serve the needs of the Rose Town Community in the areas of infrastructure and social development. The Rose Town Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for residents of the Rose Town community to improve the quality of their lives through active participation on development programs that enhance their built environment, socio-economic status and community health.
Rose Town was a successful working community until the Eighties, when it was particularly hard hit by political violence. The community was severely impacted by this. Since the 1990s the community began to rebuild itself with the establishment of the Rose Town Benevolent Society. This body was instrumental in the development of a community centre, library and sanitation centre (toilets, washroom, etc.). Community enterprises established by the Rose Town Foundation are:
- The Michele Rollins Enterprise Centre has been built in the ‘no mans land’ between top and bottom Rose Town and will house an enterprise of community members to make apparel and soft furnishings. The Centre will also display and market other items produced by members of the community.
- Rose Town Royal Building Products (RRBP) was developed in 2014 with the goal to be a low cost high quality provider of construction products; more specifically concrete blocks and bricks and specialized concrete paving stones.
- On an adjoining plot, the Rose Town Farmers Coop is now being established with fencing and land preparation well underway. An advisory team led by representatives of RADA will be guiding the community members in developing a cottage industry.
Joy Town Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which was founded by Major Richard Cooke and Pastor Bobby Wilmot in 2001. It is incorporated for the specific purpose of aiding community development in Trench Town and its environs. Joy Town’s mission is to help transform the communities of Trench Town into peaceful, productive, communities with enhanced education, training and economic opportunities, and for the model to be reproducible in other communities across the City and the Island.
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.