Start Date May – July 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 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 only
As a volunteer, you will:
- The volunteer with help build the capacity of the organization by providing assistance to fundraising, women’s rights advocacy as well as reporting on Gender Based Violence Cases.
- Work directly with staff to come up with the organization strategic document highlighting key focus areas of intervention, including prospects of potential donors and partners.
- Analyze the capacity development needs for the advocacy strategy development and action planning. The objective is to increase opportunities and access to education and jobs for Tavoyan women.
- Together with staff, develop advocacy tools packages for international, national and local audiences and promote knowledge sharing within the organization to make sure that the organization and partners are familiar with the advocacy tools.
- Supporting the organization in building team capacity, reporting and finalizing annual/quarterly reports.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Academic degree in Human Rights, Gender, Social Science and related fields.
Essential Professional Background:
- Understanding ethnic issues in Myanmar;
- Project management experience;
- Strategic thinking;
- Experience in conducting capacity assessment of local organizations;
- Good understanding of gender mainstreaming approaches and interventions, preferably in developing country context;
- Experience in leading and implementing advocacy strategies and plans at national level;
- Experience in report writing for different donor audiences;
- Knowledge, skills and experience in developing and implementing advocacy action plans and tools for women empowerment projects;
- Demonstrated evidence of effective team building skills;
- Demonstrated experience working with limited resources within a challenging environment;
- Highly proficient in communicating with multiple audiences in spoken and written English.
Tavoy Women’s Union
The Tavoy Women’s Union is a non-profit organization based in Southern Myanmar that works in the following areas: to promote the participation of women in the Burmese society, the strengthening of women’s safety, education, gender equality, as well as women’s rights.
The organization was founded in 1995 on the Thai-Burma border, and is now based in Dawei, the capital of Tanintharyi Region. They work under the umbrella of Women’s Union of Myanmar, and they have more than 300 members.
Learn more about the organization:
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.