Strategic Planning Officer
Location Harar, Ethiopia
Start Date Oct – Nov 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 5 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
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
Access to proper nutrition sources is essential to the health of all people in Ethiopia, but improving practices and services is not possible without research and planning!
The Growing Nutrition for Mothers and Children (GROW) project in Ethiopia is an initiative to address undernutrition in women of reproductive age and children under five years of age. In Ethiopia, the project will be implemented in East and West Harar Administrative Zones of Oromia Regional State and in Gewane and Argoba Special Woredas of Afar Regional States.
As a Strategic Planning Officer you will work closely with Haramaya University College of Health and Medical Services. You will give support to the Ethiopia GROW team through researching the effectiveness of GROW program outcomes and the outcomes of Social Analysis and Action (SAA). Furthermore, you will advise team members about tools that will enable the sustainability of the project. Your role will be a key part of the project’s intermediate goal of improving proactive nutrition services for women and children in Ethiopia.
Apply to this position and help make a difference in the lives of people living in Ethiopia.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) phase out strategy and compare CARE’s sustainability strategy with others
- Design sustainability plan for demo gardens and develop sustainable input access mechanism
- Suggest the roles of multi-sectors in sustaining activities started by GROW
- Research outcomes of SAA in GROW programs and identify ways for incorporating other beneficiaries
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Master’s in International Development, MBA, Project Management
Essential Professional Background:
- 5 years of experience working in project design and sustainability.
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.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.
CARE works with the poorest communities in 95 countries to:
- Improve basic health and education
- Enhance rural livelihoods and food security
- Increase access to clean water and sanitation
- Expand economic opportunity
- Help vulnerable people adapt to climate change
- Provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies
CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
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