Location Metro Manila, Philippines
Start Date Mar - May 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 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
This placement is to support Trias Philippines – Southeast Asia in the implementation of its market interventions and inclusive program for family farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs Small-Scale Entrepreneurs through Organization Development and Capacity Building of their Member-Based Organizations (MBOs). These small-scale entrepreneurs are into different industries like food processing, handicrafts, services and others, while the farmers are engaged into value chains as pineapple, Manila hemp, dairy, cacao, muscovado sugar, etc. The volunteer will support the MBOs to increase their knowledge management capacity across the organization in order to support documentation of local knowledge on production and agricultural practices and technical matters, best practices and technologies developed; support the development of information, education and communication materials for targeted groups including the sharing and dissemination of information through social media.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Conduct field visits and meetings to the MBOs to familiarize self on the different activities of MBOs
- Review and understand the current knowledge management and documentation practices of each MBOs
- Support MBOs and work with staff to develop comprehensive processes and systems to create, capture, share and use knowledge within the organization to enable learning in line with objectives and plans of the organization, capacity building of the members and also promotion and external communication
- Coach and mentor relevant staff as leads on the implementation and delivery of new knowledge management systems
- Work with staff to develop and organize content for IEC materials
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University Degree in Communications, Business Administration, Information Technology
Essential Professional Background:
- 3-5 years of experience in knowledge management
- Proficient with developing systems and tools to streamline business processes
Trias Southeast Asia
Trias is an international development organization (INGO) that works to increase livelihood security, wellbeing and connectedness of Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and Family Farmers through Organization Development and Capacity Building of their Member-Based Organizations (MBOs). Overall, Trias works in 15 countries with over 100 partner organizations MBOs to strengthen them as relevant, inclusive and sustainable organization that promote inclusive growth in favor of the Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and Family Farmers. In the Philippines, Trias currently implements its Program 2014-2016 “Creating Movement Through Movements” in partnership with ten (10) partners, in metropolitan Manila, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. The new Program 2017-2021 continues and expands the scope of the program and includes the province of Sorsogon with overall nine (9) partners.
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.