Organizational Development Advisor
Start Date Aug - Oct 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
Are you passionate about supporting local NGOs that work to create economic empowerment for youth?
As an Organizational Development Advisor, you will support Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) in developing robust internal systems to govern their youth programs. JAJ provides entrepreneurship training to high school students with the goal of economic empowerment & financial independence. Overall, you will support JAJ to develop effective HR mechanisms and project management procedures.
Apply now and support JAJ in strengthening their program offers to youth to achieve their economic independence.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Assess the current state JAJ’s internal operational systems
- Assess HR policies and procedures and staff’s capability in executing such functions.
- Update operations manual, job descriptions, and additional HR documents.
- Outline a detailed plan of action to help facilitate the strengthening of internal operations.
-Train staff in operational policies and procedures.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- BA/BS in organizational management, NGO management or related field
Essential Professional Background:
- Excellent people skills
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills and independent judgment
- Enjoys working with students (secondary level/high school)
- Commitment to an understanding of youth development
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in strategic planning
- Experience developing organizational plans
- Good experience working with teams
- Experience conducting training
- Experience with operational plans and policies
- Experience with business planning and management
- High level of initiative with the ability to self-motivate
About Cuso International and Our Partner
Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.
Junior Achievement Jamaica
Junior Achievement Jamaica (JAJ) is a non-profit, non-government organization (NGO). Since 2008, JAJ has been operating in Jamaica, executing programs designed to build the economic success of youth ages five (5) through twenty-four (24). Such programs are based on decades of research, implementation and reviews by our parent organization, Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAW) that has operations in more than 120 countries.
Junior Achievement Jamaica is a locally registered non-profit organization and is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. This is achieved by delivering work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurial education programs, customarily suited for persons ages 5 to 24. While most of our program delivery is executed in schools, we also work with out of school and special needs young adults. Junior Achievement programs are taught island-wide by trained volunteers and teachers.
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 pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.
Overview of pre-departure training:
1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources
2.Online health briefing
3.Fundraising 101 Webinar
4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course
In-Country Training and Learning
As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.
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.