Business Development Specialist

Location: Edmonton

City  Quezon City, Philippines

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

 

We are seeking a Business Development Specialist to help our partner with a business development strategy and train staff to manage this change. This will require planning, coaching, directing, implementing and advising skills to facilitate this process. Our partner Trias Philippines, is a Belgian Non-Government Organization working in the Philippines to implement inclusive market interventions programs for family farms and small-scale entrepreneurs. You will be an agent for change in helping farmers, women in rural areas, and fisherfolk to improve their business.

As a volunteer, you will:

-  Attend meetings and familiarize yourself with the different programs and activities

- Conduct field visit to see the businesses and different enterprises of members

- Study the business model, plan development tools for Trias and implement these within respective organizations

- Develop an operational and business development plan

- Implement the business plan through intensive coaching and mentoring with the business plan team lead  and the Trias advisor

- Document process of business modeling and business development, and recommend improvements

- Write the proposed operational manual for the respective businesses

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Marketing

Essential Professional Background:

- 3-5 years of experience in business management, marketing, strategic planning, financial business planning, development of business management strategies, marketing and promotional strategies

- Systems development especially along marketing or trading business

 

About Our Partner

 

Trias Southeast Asia

Trias is an international development organization headquartered in Brussels working to help local entrepreneurs and farmers all over the world. The organization works in 15 countries with over 100 partner organizations to help them become a relevant, inclusive and sustainable organization that promotes inclusive growth in favor small-scale entrepreneurs and family farmers.

The Trias Philippines team is also connecting entrepreneurs to each other and to other cities by building urban-rural bridges. They also seek to raise awareness about farmers and the barriers to economic development they face.

 

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

 

Fundraising

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.

 

E-volunteering

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  

 

Residency

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.

 

Citizenship

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.