Community Development And Fundraising Advisor

Location: Edmonton

City  Quibdó, Colombia

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English, Spanish

English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale:

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The Fiestas Franciscanas de Quibdó is a private non-profit organization whose objective is to prepare and organize one of the largest celebrations in Colombia, the "Fiestas de San Pacho".

As the Community Development and Fundraising Advisor, you will work with the organizers of the Fiesta (presidents and neighborhood councils) and on organizational issues and community projects. You will also help the organization in fundraising for social and cultural projects for the development of the city.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct a needs assessment with neighborhood leaders (with a gender perspective) about the neighborhood councils and their contribution to the Fiestas de San Pacho.

- Carry out training activities with leaders and neighborhood councils for the development of skills such as leadership, teamwork and oversight to ensure transparent management of resources.

- Prepare, lead and implement a Private Fundraising Plan for large donors, companies, donors and individual partners, etc.

- Advise and guide the neighborhood councils in the execution and implementation of plans and projects for the Fiestas Franciscanas.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Undergraduate or graduate studies in social sciences, humanities, or other areas (social work, psychology or related)

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum 1- 2 years of experience in organization and community development.

- Experience in fundraising for non-profit entities.

- Experience in consulting for the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community plans and projects

- Experience in facilitating community decision-making and assertive communication skills.


About Our Partner


Fundación Fiestas Franciscanas de Quibdó

The Franciscan Fiestas Foundation of Quibdó is a private non-profit institution of the Quibdoseño people. They are made up of other institutions including public and private departments of the Municipality who typically organizes the celebration of the Feast of St. Francisco de Asis. The fiesta, in line with the religious uniqueness, diversity, cultural richness and popular character, is aimed at guaranteeing the active participation of the entire community and ensuring its economic sustainability in time and space.

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.