Project Management Advisor
Location Chiro, Ethiopia
Start Date Sep – Nov 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 7 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to all nationalities outside of Ethiopia. Applicants must be eligible to obtain an entry visa and work permit for Ethiopia.
Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.
The Volunteer’s Role
Your Project Management skills are needed to help our Growing Nutrition for Mothers and Children (GROW) project in Ethiopia. The GROW project is an initiative to address undernutrition in women of reproductive age and children under five years of age. GROW project is a partnership between CARE Canada, Cuso International and McGill University.
The implementation of the project is led by CARE Ethiopia in close partnership with the Government of Ethiopia Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureaus of Oromia and Afar Regional States.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide an updated weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation plan and report
- Support the project planning and monitoring in collaboration with various teams
- Assist in the needs assessment for the project team and provide training/mentoring on project management
- Promote, assist and design a strategy for sustainability of project outcomes within the community
- Assist in capturing lessons learned, best practices and recording changes the project has brought to the community
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-Masters degree in Development Studies / Community Development, Project Management / Community Nutrition or social sciences or related areas
Essential Professional Background:
-Minimum of four years’ work experience in project management;
-Demonstrated work experience in capacity development
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.
Oda Bultum University (OBU), found in Chiro Town, was established on 26th of November 2015 as an autonomous higher learning institution. The university currently is running seven different colleges that provide first-degree qualification training in 18 Agriculture and Natural Sciences related field of studies.
Like other public universities in Ethiopia, OBD has three core mandates.
- Service and Community Engagement.
The University is committed to producing competent and well-equipped graduates with the knowledge, skill, and attitude in all academic programs with different modalities. Besides, the University is also highly soliciting its academic staff to undertake problem-solving research activities. One of the strategies of the University is to link the research findings with teaching and community engagement activities. For these purposes, the University has already identified seven main research thematic areas with 34 sub- researchable themes.
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
- 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.
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.