Location Calabar, Nigeria
Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 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 will support the Centre for Health Works and Development (CHEDRES) to strengthen community structures in 18 rural communities. As a result, the community structures will be better able to engage with the health care system regarding their needs.
You can learn more about theCentre for Health Works and Development here:
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide technical support to develop advocacy strategies for beneficiaries and communities
- Identify gaps in the Centre for Health Works and Development existing knowledge management and learning structures
- Develop comprehensive processes and systems to create, acquire, capture, share and use knowledge to support learning that is in line with the objectives, values, and policies of Centre for Health Works and Development and the organization's partners
- Support Centre for Health Works and Development in program development and fundraising strategies
- Coach and mentor Centre for Health Works and Development staff on best practices for the implementation and delivery of Cuso International's Gender Equality and Social Inclusion initiatives
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University degree and/ or college diploma in gender studies, social sciences, public policy, communications, business administration, etc.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience developing operational plans and strategies
- Experience in advocacy
- Experience in fundraising
- Experience in project / program coordination / management
- Demonstrated success engaging diverse stakeholders
- Strong research and analysis skills
- Strong communication skills; both written and verbal
Centre for Health Works Development and Research
Our partner, the Centre for Health Works, Development and Research is a not-for-profit organization that was established to promote family health; especially women’s health and rights, good governance and community development through the empowerment of women, children and youth.
Some of their work include:
- Collaboration with SHARE Institute USA to provide capacity building on Basic Obstetrics and Newborn Care for Community Health Workers
- Implementation of a Comprehensive Integrated Approach to maternal, newborn and child health in collaboration with the Society for Family Health
- Partnership with several organizations including the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Women Global Networks on Reproductive Health and Rights and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
- Work to address women’s reproductive and sexual health problems through safe motherhood initiatives, sex education, health sector reforms and youth friendly health services
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.
My name is Harsh Sodhi, and I am currently enrolled in the full time MBA program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Last year, Rotman entered into a partnership with Cuso International, whereby, in order to get hands on experience, students who have completed their first year of school can be placed in different parts of the world where Cuso International has a footprint. I spent 10 weeks working with Cuso International on the Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development (YouLead) project in Calabar, Nigeria.
The YouLead project aims to create employment for youth, specifically in the agribusiness sector, in Cross River State. Project goals include training 12,000 people in the basics of running a business, creating 4,500 new businesses, and creating 2,000 jobs in already established businesses. My specific contribution to the YouLead project is in the form of providing business development support and advice. As such, the work I have done includes site visits to three new Local Government Areas, the creation of a financial literacy pack, data analysis of the project’s grant giving process, and recommendations on how to improve training materials.
As a result of the analysis conducted, the grant process is undergoing a review to make it more effective. Further, the financial literacy pack will ensure that entrepreneurs who were not practicing any form of bookkeeping will now accurately track the financial performance of their businesses, thus opening up avenues of credit from financial institutions.
I am very happy that I have been able to make this contribution and hope that the work I have done will have a long term impact in the lives of the people in Cross River State.