Social Enterprise Advisor

Location Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date May – Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 10 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

 

Are you passionate about supporting local community NGOs make lasting change in their communities?

As an Enterprise Advisor, you will support Women's Resource Outreach Centre in building a resilient social enterprise to generate income for community members and its training programs. Women's Resource & Outreach Centre (WROC) provides life skills training and educational programs to inner city youth with the goal of economic empowerment. They have been offering services to community members for over 20 years and are committed to gender equality and women's empowerment. Overall, you will support WROC to develop their social enterprise to make them more sustainable in their offerings to their communities.

Apply now and support a community NGO make lasting change and improve the livelihoods of inner-city community members.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Support the development of the framework for the social enterprise by: Reviewing the strategic plan and attend meetings with board members; Observe local legislation that relates to social business development; Review governance and operations structure of local social enterprises in Jamaica

-Support the development and execution of WROC through: Idea generation, Opportunity recognition, Concept development; Identify and access local, regional and international resources that may be used towards the development and execution of WROC’s SE; Co implement and co-manage WROC’s Pilot SE

- Assist in the development of the monitoring and evaluation framework for the social enterprise by: Establishing Tracer Systems, Generating Social Rate of Return on Investments, Generate Rate of Return on Investments ; Measure effectiveness of Creating Social Value

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s Degree in Business Development

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience in working with groups, preferably community-based groups

-Excellent communication, oral and writing skills

-Knowledge skill and experience in human rights-based methodology and gender sensitivity

-Experience working in organizational development/planning

-Experience in developing business plans and managing social enterprises

 

About Our Partner

 

Women's Resource Outreach Centre

The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre Limited (WROC) was established as a nonprofit organization on International Women’s Day (IWD) March 8, 1983. WROC is located in the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Park inner-city community of South St. Andrew and serves surrounding communities including: Trench Town, Torrington Park, Maxfield Park and Kencot. These communities are plagued by social and economic hardships such as unemployment, lack of access to resources for self-improvement, inadequate housing and improper sanitation, and are highly vulnerable to crime, violence and communicable diseases.

 

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

 

Fundraising

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.

 

E-volunteering

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  

 

Residency

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.

 

Citizenship

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.