Business Development Specialist

Location Basey, Philippines

Start Date Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 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


Are you passionate about assisting rural women weavers thrive in their business and improving their lives and those of their communities?

As the Business Development Specialist, you will strengthen the capacity of Basey Association for Native Industry Growth (BANIG) which supports entrepreneurship, employment and income generation of rural women, small-scale entrepreneurs, their families and their communities. BANIG is a federation of 20 women’s organizations in the town of Basey, Samar. As the women continue to build their business, you will facilitate their learning and mastering of running their business successfully and planning for growth and expansion. As a well-rounded business advisor, overall, you will support them develop their business and marketing plan and improve their bookkeeping and financial management system.

Apply now and support women cooperatives further succeed in their business and improve the livelihoods of rural communities.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct organizational assessments to understand the operations, as well as the business needs, strengths and gaps

- Develop/enhance business, marketing strategy and materials (brochure, catalogue, etc.)

- Train the members and officers of the organization on the basics of business communication (email, social media)

- Support improvements of financial management systems (bookkeeping, financial statement – profit & loss, balance statement)

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-A university degree in Business Administration, Finance, or other related area or equivalent professional/volunteer experience

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum of 3 - 5 years’ experience in business, ideally with skills in organizational assessment and development, business planning and marketing

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Ability to adapt and apply business knowledge and techniques to grass roots organization


About Our Partner


Basey Association of Native Industry Growth

BANIG is a federation of 20 women’s organizations in the town of Basey, Samar formed in 2014 after Typhoon Yolanda. BANIG is a start-up organization with little resources and basic organizational processes, located in the small rural town of Basey in the province of Samar. BANIG is famous for making colorful, creative mats and other crafts woven from tikog reeds which are indigenous to the area and sustainably grown and harvested. As a women’s federation, BANIG also seeks the empowerment of women mat-weavers through capacity building programs and engagement dialogue with the government meant to ensure that the communities where the members live are protected and assisted. They now have over 630 members, 99% of them are women. BANIG would like to brand themselves, differentiating themselves from their competition.

BANIG is a member of a national network of rural women called PKKK (Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan or National Rural Women Coalition) which holds a small office in one of the barangays or villages (Barangay Sawa) also in Basey. BANIG officers hold activities in the PKKK office in Barangay Sawa and works closely with the 2 PKKK staff there.


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.