Rural Economic Advisor

Location Gracias Lempira, Honduras

Start Date Aug - Oct 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 7 Months

Language Requirements English, Spanish

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

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


Do you hold a fluent level of Spanish and an Economics background? Bring these 2 competencies to volunteer in a rural part of Honduras!

As the Rural Economic Advisor, you will use your economic analysis skills to perform rural field studies related to the environmental impacts of forest degradation. After an initial assessment of existing gaps and challenges, you will assist in developing or refreshing a research methodology to carry out your field work. A fluent level of Spanish will be necessary to interact with the project team and various target communities that the project addresses. Through research and field work, you will assist the project team by drafting a final report with economic analysis and recommendations for action.

Apply today to this exciting volunteer opportunity in Honduras!

As a volunteer, you will:

- Research & preparation work

- Conducting household surveys based on the proposed methodology in collaboration with the project management team

-Rural Household Survey on:

-- Calendar of work within productive activities at the domestic level (Identify roles of each family member)

-- Educational level of household members.

-- Migratory trends, social networks, alternative forms of family income, history of cultivation in the landscape and the possible willingness of farmers to switch to other crops, with the use of appropriate technologies.

-Produce a report on the management of forest resources, such as:

-- Average farm size (areas destined for agricultural productive activities, forest cattle ranching)

-- Type of land tenure, including forest tenure (private, state, leased, communal, communal and informal), women's ownership and use, and whether there are conflicts in land management and conflict resolution mechanisms.

-- Decision making in relation to access, use and control of resources. As well as decisions on purchases and acquisition of consumer and production goods disaggregated by sex.

-- Conventional or conservation practices associated with crop production (integrated pest management, use of synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides and disease control, buffering for riparian forest conservation, forms of irrigation, organic agriculture, mechanized labor, soil conservation, live fences and replanting or re-seeding of crops),

-- Soil fertility management.

-- Surveys on the number of rural households adopting climate-smart technologies (e.g. ecological stoves, dendro-energetic plantations, agroforestry systems, agro-ecological systems, etc.).

-Perform economic research on assets and access to the local agricultural market, such as:

-- Types of agricultural assets (financial, social, physical, human and natural) or services to which farmers may have access related to the forest,

-- Type of market for the sale of crops (local, regional, national, international, virtual).

-- Income and source (forestry, agricultural, non-agricultural) at the level of rural families, disaggregating by sex what is legally perceived by each member of the family.

-Attend meetings with project team and support the presentation of findings

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University degree in economics, agronomy, with postgraduate training in rural economic development or equivalent

Essential Professional Background:

- Capable of carrying out research studies and carrying out agricultural and rural development projects, programs and policies

- Development of diagnosis and analysis of the situation and changes in agriculture in a region and its environment, and identification of difficulties and obstacles to development

- Support on the drafting of proposals for development projects and policies


About Cuso International and Our Partner


Cuso International

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.



Since its inception in 1945, FAO has developed a strong, experiential capacity to address the challenges faced by developing countries. FAO focuses on structural causes of food and nutritional insecurity with a multidimensional approach that incorporates relevant areas such as agricultural production, nutrition and sustainable resource management and agricultural investment.


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 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.



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.