Location Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
If you are passionate about financial management and inclusive development - this is the placement for you!
Our partner SOCODEVI, a Canadian Network of Cooperatives, is implementing the Canadian-Honduras Value-Added Agroforestry Project (CAHOVA). The primary objective of this sustainable and inclusive development initiative is to improve the livelihoods of families and members of agroforestry co-operative enterprises. This project will last five years and is projected to benefit 3,467-member families in 45 co-operative enterprises in 5 Honduran regions (Francisco Morazán, El Paraiso, Comayagua, Santa Barbara and Atlántida).
As a Financial Advisor, you will contribute to the improvement of financial systems of co-ops and associative businesses in the coffee, pine resin, wood and cacao sectors. Additionally, you will implement co-operative financial products and tools with the purpose of offering new services related to micro-credit and financing. Additionally, you be involved in the development of financial proposals in the effort of accessing new financial opportunities and will assist in the creation of agricultural and forestall input stores.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Research (primary and secondary sources) and learn about co-operatives and the financial market in Honduras.
-Revise diagnostics and information available in this field.
-Revise methodology, tools and other resources developed by SOCODEVI and other organizations.
-Elaborate on a work plan to support the development of financial products and agricultural input stores at the cooperative level.
-Meet with co-operative businesses to collect information, design financial products, develop internal by-laws to manage the financial products and coordinate other activities needed.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-University degree in business administration, economics or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Knowledge/experience in finance and micro-credit products.
- Previous experience in developing financial products
- Experience in financial statements and economic proposal for the financial system.
- Knowledge/experience in research teaching, training and/or facilitation processes
- Knowledge/experience applying participatory approaches and tools.
- Demonstrated experience of working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
- Use of information technologies.
About Our Partner
Sociedad para la Cooperacion y el Desarrollo Internacional
SOCODEVI (Société de Coopération pour le Développement International) is a Canadian network of cooperatives and mutuals that share their technical expertise and knowledge with partners in developing countries. SOCODEVI is a network of cooperative entreprises and mutuals that share their technical expertise and knowledge with partners in developing countries to create, protect and distribute wealth.
SOCODEVI is a Canadian network of cooperatives and mutuals that share their technical expertise and knowledge with partners in developing countries. They strengthen co-operative, mutual and associative enterprises to build wealth in communities. They also propose innovative solutions for sustainable integration of businesses into markets and strengthen the skills of men and women entrepreneurs and place the expertise of our network.
Since 2003, with the support of Quebec forest cooperatives in Canada, SOCODEVI contributes to the strengthening of agroforestry cooperatives in Honduras, supporting the increase of value added for forest producers with the objective of improving the living conditions of families through the rational and sustainable use of forest resources.
SOCODEVI's intervention has allowed 26 cooperatives members of the second-tier organizations such as CORAMEHL and FEHCAFOR to develop new management tools, increase the means of production and develop management and marketing plans for wood, honey, tilapia and palm hearts. The strengthening of organizational and business capacities has enabled dozens of cooperatives in Honduras to obtain the FSC Certification Stewardship Council for community forest management.
Currently, SOCODEVI is implementing a new project in Honduras since 2016 with the support of the Canadian Government through Global Affairs Canada. The Canada-Honduras Value-Added Agroforestry Project (CAHOVA) is a sustainable development initiative whose main objective is to improve the livelihoods of families who are members of agroforestry cooperative enterprises. The project will last five years and have a direct impact on 3,467 member families in 45 co-operative enterprises in 5 Honduran Departments (Francisco Morazán, El Paraiso, Comayagua, Santa Barbara and Atlántida).
The project will strengthen the skills of the co-operative enterprise member families by establishing one thousand hectares of coffee, cocoa and rambutan agroforestry systems and by promoting sustainable agricultural practices adapted to climate change.
At the co-operative business level, the project will build capacity to process and market several agroforestry and forestry products aimed at supporting a 30 percent increase in sales for the coffee, cocoa, palm heart, rambutan, furniture, honey, pine resin and tilapia value chains.
The implementation strategy is based on a transfer of skills to men and women workers and to the board members and managers of the co-operative enterprises. It will also prioritize expanding membership and leadership by women and young people in the co-operative enterprises.
In addition, CAHOVA will support job creation for youth in rural communities to help lower youth migration to cities and other countries.
For more information, please visit: http://cahova.socodevi.org/
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.
- 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
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.