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eCommerce Advisor

11 Month | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2017

Location Philippines

Start Date Jul – Sep 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 11 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 Volunteer’s Role


As eCommerce Advisor, you will collaborate with the Trias - Philippines partners in Manila and Bicol to enhance its eCommerce platform. You will support Trias’ partner organizations that work with small scale entrepreneurs to improve the advertisement of their products online. Trias – Philippines is seeking a volunteer that is adept in the application of various social media platforms to build an online presence for marketing purposes. You will support the small-scale entrepreneurs who provide jobs and income to poor people by communicating their products and services online with the aim of increasing its eCommerce traffic and sales.

In the Philippines, the use of social media and time spent online is among the highest in the world. As the eCommerce Advisor, you will be contributing to a critical aspect of the marketing operations of the small-scale entrepreneurs. The ideal volunteer will be someone with a proven track record of developing and implementing an online strategy, coupled with an interest in working with small scale entrepreneurs. This is a fantastic opportunity for a collaborative and creative individual with a business background seeking to build an online platform.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct a SWOT analysis to understand the operations

- Review the marketing plan and research new eCommerce opportunities

- Support the eCommerce strategy by developing an action plan

- Perform a market analysis of quantitative and qualitative indicators

- Conduct capacity building training based on new eCommerce tools used

Essential Academic Qualifications:

A university degree in Business Administration, or another related area or equivalent professional/volunteer experience

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in business, ideally with skills in eCommerce and/or Marketing

 - Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Ability to use social media platforms for advertising purposes


About Our Partner


Trias Southeast Asia

Trias is an international development organization headquartered in Brussels working to help realize the aspirations of enterprising people all over the world. Trias brings together like-minded farmers and entrepreneurs who support each other to make their dreams come true. The organization works in 15 countries with over 100 partner organizations to strengthen them as relevant, inclusive and sustainable organization that promote inclusive growth in favor of the small-scale entrepreneurs and family farmers.

The Trias – Philippine team is seeking to build urban-rural bridges by connecting entrepreneurs to each other and to other cities. In addition, the Trias – Philippines team seeks to raise awareness about the barriers to economic development that farmers face.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.