Youth Health Advisor

Location Calabar, Nigeria

Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 10 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale:

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


As a Youth Health Advisor, you will work in various Youth Resource Centers in Cross River State to deliver health-related workshops catered to Nigerian youth. Cuso International Nigeria has established 9 Youth Resource Centers through its innovative Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development project, aimed at supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship.

You will engage young people trough learning workshops through a “town hall format” at the Youth Resource centers, which are physical spaces serving as community centers for learning purposes. You will also develop thematic health workshops with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive rights of females, as well as Gender Equality and Social Inclusion issues pertaining to Nigerian culture. A key component of this role will entail working with key stakeholders to challenge gender stereotypes that underestimate the potential of girls in the community and combat the prevalence of teenage pregnancy.

If you are interested in learning through a substantial amount of field work while making a positive impact on the health of Nigerian women and girls through an educational approach, this opportunity is for you!  


As a volunteer, you will:

- Work with various project staff, and local volunteers to implement training and sensitization campaigns.

- Identify and modify materials from partners to be used in targeted communities to develop training modules and campaigns.

- Identify and support youth volunteers from the community for peer support mentoring and support community events.

Identify partners that can use Youth Resource Centers to run their own Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health programming.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Undergraduate degree in gender studies, international development and/or a health-related discipline and at least 5 years’ experience working in public health promotion/gender equality.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience working collaboratively with civil society or non-profit organizations

- Experience organizing, researching and delivering health workshops to youth

- Experience working with at risk populations, with an emphasis on providing health information

- Experience developing and delivering gender equality interventions

- Experience working cross-culturally, and within a developing country context

About Our Partner


Cuso International Nigeria Program Office

Cuso International has supported Nigeria’s development priorities since 1961 through their work in the education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihood, youth employment and entrepreneurship sectors.

Cuso International is currently exploring opportunities to widen their scope of work in Nigeria with the potential of implementing a health program in Cross River State that could expand to the Lagos State over the next 5 years. The main goal of the health program would be to increase the quality and gender responsiveness of health services for women, children and youth by ministries, departments, agencies and civil society organizations.


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

- 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.