Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Start Date Sep – Nov 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
As the Environmental Advisor, apply your technical skills to directly mentor the implementing partners of the Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) project in Mwanza, Tanzania.
The aim of the Environmental Advisor role is to carry out environmental assessments of targeted Small Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). This role will also entail the development of mitigation strategy/tools as well as a training plan for local SMEs, local partners and the project team to address the environmental challenges current SMEs face in the region.
You will be well supported by the Mwanza team, eager to collaborate with you to improve the environmental standards of SMEs.
Come join a dynamic T-LED team!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Conduct environmental assessments of selected SMEs and target value chains and develop sustainability plans and strategies for implementing them
- Conduct environmental assessments of implementing partners to determine their current existing practices and strategies and also evaluate their commitment to environmentally sustainability
- Lead training for project staff members and national partners (TCCIA, TWCC, SIDO and regional government authorities) on environmental sensitivity and on inclusive practices for all project components and activities
- Provide environmentally sound advisory support for the set-up and management of the technology innovation fund and the enterprise and innovation centers, including environmental best practices, alternative sources of energy, etc.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- A degree in environmental sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position (such as forestry, fisheries biology, wildlife ecology, environmental law, environmental science, biology, botany range management, geology, and other biological science courses
Essential Professional Background:
- 2 years’ work experience in environmental assessment and/or management
- 2 years’ experience in the assessment of workplace safety & health standards
- Good understanding of businesses, especially SMEs working in agribusiness value chains
- Facilitation and training skills; experience in development and delivering workshops
- Knowledge of workplace safety & health standards
About Our Partner
T-Led Project - VSO Tanzania and Cuso International
The Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-Led) project is aimed at developing enhanced equitable and sustainable economic growth and prosperity for women and men in the Mtwara, Lindi, Mwanza and Iringa regions of Tanzania. This aligns with our project partner, the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), along with goals of increasing private sector development, small industry development (SIDO) and women-led business growth (TWCC).
The project aims to increase economic growth and prosperity in two ways:
1) By increasing the income and growth potential of female and male entrepreneurs in the value chains related to foreign direct investment in agriculture and the extractive industries and
2) By enhancing small and medium-sized enterprises support services provided by Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC), SIDO and TCCIA in the target regions.
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
- 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.
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.