Job: Program Development Advisor at Cuso International

Location: Calabar, Cross River
Job Type: Volunteer
Start date: June 2022
Duration of the internship: 6 months with possibility of extension

Project – Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

  • We will carry out the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, especially women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals .
  • In addition to increasing Canadians’ engagement in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of partner countries to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality. Gender in Support of Canada’s Action Areas Feminist International Assistance Policy.

The role of the volunteer

  • If you are passionate about improving the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, especially women and girls, this role could be for you!
  • As a Program Start-Up Advisor, you will work closely with the project team to conduct organizational capacity needs assessments of our partners.
  • You will also help them develop their skills-based violence training focusing on sexual and gender marriages, early and forced marriages and gender mutilation.
  • Apply for this position and let’s make a difference together!

As a volunteer, you:

  • Support in carrying out an organizational capacity assessment
  • Support the partnership development process.
  • Identify and conduct/recommend training in areas of need as exposed during the CAP process.

The necessary required

  • Bachelor’s degree in health, program development or any other field related to social sciences.

Essential context:

  • 1 to 3 years of experience in the field of health and/or program management.
  • Skills in particular in assessing organizational capacity, working with groups and teams of professionals and liaising with governmental and non-governmental organizations;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Experience in facilitating learning
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

Language requirements:

  • English read and spoken level 5-fluent, written level 4-advanced.

Training and briefing before departure

  • We are committed to helping you prepare for your internship as well as possible. You will have an advisor to walk you through the process and receive essential training as part of your preparation.
  • This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of training before departure:

  • Skills and Knowledge Program for Working in Development (SKWID)
  • Self-directed information materials, online training, and external resources accessible through the Volunteer Portal
  • Online health briefing
  • Fundraising 101 webinar.

In-country training and learning:

  • You will receive an in-country orientation (ICO) that builds on the pre-departure training.
  • This will be done either by the country program office or the supporting partner organization.
  • This normally lasts 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access continuing language training opportunities.
  • In-country orientation equips you with the country-specific skills, knowledge, and information needed to be successful in your job placement. Additionally, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with ongoing in-country support throughout the duration of your internship.

Support package

  • Modest monthly subsistence allowance (varies by country)
  • Accommodation during the internship
  • Round-trip airfare and visa/work permit fees
  • Cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial drugs and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation (more details below)
  • On-the-ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program during the internship and upon return
  • Bonus: additional return flight or cash payment after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for an additional 6 months

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