Marketing Specialist

Location: Ottawa

City  Guiuan, Philippines

Start Date May - Jul 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


Your marketing skills are needed to help advise small-scale business enterprises and agri startups that are mainly operated by women! You will assist in building marketing plans including marketing strategy, research, segmentation and value proposition. Your creativity will be aimed at creating promotional material such as brochures and catalogs to advertise their products. As an advisor, your work will also help find, communicate and engage with buyers.  Regular travel to the program areas across Eastern Samar province will be required although you will be stationed  in the Guiuan office for most of the placement.

This placement is part of the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program in Philippines, with a focus on Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) and cross-cutting theme of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. The ultimate outcome of the VOICE project is to improve the economic and social well-being of poor and marginalized communities.  

As a volunteer, you will:

- Learn and gather information through field visits and meetings with agribusiness start-ups (ASUs) and local business providers to familiarize self on their businesses and activities

-Support agribusiness start-ups to develop marketing plans and promotional materials

-Strategize and find new buyers and investors (trade fairs, b2b meetings)

-Coach and mentor relevant staff of agribusiness start-ups on basic marketing, effective presentations and negotiation

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University Degree in Marketing, Communications, Strategic Marketing

Essential Professional Background:

- Min. 3- 5 years of experience in strategic marketing,


About Our Partner


People in Need

People in Need (PIN) is an international NGO from Czech Republic working in twenty-three countries around the globe. PIN started working in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 and is registered in the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission as a branch office of a foreign not-for-profit organization. In the Philippines, PIN works around post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation, economic development and sustainable livelihoods. In Eastern Samar, Philippines, People in Need implements a local economic development project by supporting Agribusiness business start-ups and small-scale entrepreneurs grow and scale-up their businesses, and increasing their income and resilience to disasters.


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.