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
We're looking for a volunteer like you to support three local partners: the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA), the Jamaica Society for the Blind, and the Abilities Foundation, by strengthening their community in Jamaica.
Cuso International collaborates with different types of partners for our work in sustainable economic development, including private sector companies, networks and platforms, to help the communities we work with to achieve sustainable growth and change. The CDA is the preeminent advocacy agency representing persons with disabilities in Jamaica and advocates for access pertaining to housing, public transport, training and education, employment, health care, recreation and many other areas.
As a volunteer with the partners, you will support the development of internal systems to enhance and strengthen the partner organizations’ efficiency. In this role, you will provide support by providing training to staff, reviewing and making recommendations to strengthen research and advocacy capacity of the partner, and support with strategic planning, marketing and promotions.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Development of Volunteer Program including recruitment, training and support
-Enhancing public education program to address the social stigmas towards the blind, the abilities and contributions of blind people to society, and their needs
-Organizational development support including development of 3-year Strategic Plan
-Potential sources of funding identified to support the organization and its services
-Assistance with proposal and grant writing
-Development of marketing and promotion strategy
-Enhance the research and monitoring capability to better advocate on behalf of its members
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree in communications, organizational development or similar social sciences
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience working with people with disabilities
-Developing volunteer programs
-Fundraising and grant writing
Combined Disabilities Association (Jamaica Society for the Blind and Abilities Association)
The Combined Disabilities Association:
The CDA is a non-profit cross disability umbrella organization established in 1978 that advocates or the rights and equality of persons with disabilities. It is the premier rights group in Jamaica. Its activities include monthly rap sessions, a revolving loan fund for individuals to generate income, a quarterly magazine “Mainstream”, a revenue generating print shop, a women’s’ group, sign language services, rural outreach (with 3 groups set up thus far), as well as advocacy and public education.
Jamaica Society for the Blind:
The Jamaican Society for the Blind is a non-profit voluntary national organization established in 1954 to promote the welfare, education and employment of persons who are blind or visually impaired and to prevent (avoidable) blindness. Its activities include an eye screening and health clinic, library and education services, and information technology training. It provides training to primary health care workers, computer training, client counselling as well as advocacy and public education.
Established in 1991, the Abilities Foundation is a registered non-profit organization to “provide quality vocational education to disabled individuals so that they can be channeled into creative and productive avenues”. Training is provided in literacy and numeracy and in trade areas including garment construction, cabinet making, information technology, horticulture and landscaping, and entrepreneurship. It works in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, HEART, and various corporations and Foundations.
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.