Location Mawlamyine, Myanmar
Start Date Jan - Mar 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The purpose of this placement is to increase the general capacity of the staff of the Parliament of Mon State, based in the capital of Mon State, Mawlamyine. At the moment, Mon State Parliament is struggling with a high turnover of staff and a lack of motivation. The staff seem to lack an understanding of their job purpose and struggle to think critically about how they could best do their job.
The purpose of this role would be to work with Parliamentary staff to help them understand what their role is in making the Parliament work and making the new Myanmar democracy a success. The Advisor would work to lead staff debates and discussions aimed at encouraging critical thinking and to encourage staff to understand how Parliaments around the world work. In addition, s/he would work with managers within the Parliament to think through good practice in people management. This may include support in English skills and basic computer usage and Internet use.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Mentor those in positions of people management to better understand how they might best manage staff. This would include helping them understand how to undertake regular meetings, build objectives for posts, encouraging employees, and various leadership skills
- Work with staff members as a group on critical thinking skills, build understanding on the roles in Parliament, and build spaces for debate and discussion
- Work 1-1 with staff to help them understand their own role in making the Parliament function; support them to think critically about how they could best do their jobs
- Work with management and staff members to develop and strengthen an on-the-job training and development program to ensure their personal and professional growth.
- Conduct capacity assessment of the Mon State Parliament
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant HR management and Organizational Behaviour.
Essential Professional Background:
- Proven ability to establish collaborative relationships with senior leaders and support organizational change
5-7 years of progressive HR experience, with a proven track record of establishing and leading new initiatives from the ground up.
- Experience teaching English as a second language.
- Ability to motivate, mentor and build relationships with staff at all levels in an organization
- Organizational Development and program strategy experience
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills
- Demonstrated experience of working in multicultural and multi-disciplinary teams
- Ability to work alongside an interpreter and patience in ensuring effective communication, particularly with technical speech.
About Mon State Parliament
The actual Parliament of Mon State was established in 2011 as a result of general elections held in 2010 but is now facing a consistent reshuffling. In fact, after the 2015 elections won by the National League for Democracy, a number of the seats have been occupied by parliamentarians who are new to political procedures. Most of the recently elected MPs are still relatively new to government functioning, still learning about the expectations of a democratically elected government and the role and function of parliament in supporting their members. This can be relevant for the composition of the Parliament staff, eg. they are under-resourced and have few opportunities to receive practical training that will improve their capacity. UNDP continues to support the development of MPs and staff roles and responsibilities.
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.