Product Development Specialist

Location Guiuan, Philippines

Start Date  Jun - Aug 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


Through this placement, you will support People in Need in the delivery and implementation of its local economic development project entitled, “Enhancing Sustainable Income in the Philippines,” to improve the income and increase resilience of the poor and marginalized people. Specifically, you will support the small-scale business enterprises, or agribusiness start-ups, mostly women to build their capacity on different areas of product development. More specifically, you will assist them in developing, improving or generating correct product labels, product specifications, product packaging, costing and costing. You will also assist business start-ups to standardize production processes, set-up and implement good manufacturing practices. You will be part of the People in Need Program team in Guiuan, Eastern Samar and will be stationed in Guiuan office. Regular travel to the program areas across Eastern Samar province will be required.

This placement is part of the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program in the 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. PIN would benefit from Cuso International by having access to skilled volunteers to support their program delivery and implementation in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines. PIN partners - the agribusiness start-ups (ASU) and local service providers (LSP) – would also benefit from Cuso International volunteers to build their skills and knowledge on the functional areas of entrepreneurship, business management, marketing and product development.

 Overall objectives include: Increased business, employment and income opportunities for poor people, including farmers, women and youth, created by the business start-ups and local service providers that are assisted by PIN and its implementing partners. PIN aims to reach 12,000 beneficiaries, 60% of them are women.

As a volunteer, you will:

-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 improve product labels, specifications, costing and pricing

-Support agribusiness start-ups to standardize production processes, set-up and implement good manufacturing practices

-Coach and mentor relevant staff of agribusiness start-ups on product development

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University Degree in Food Sciences, Food Product Development, Business Administration or related field

Essential Professional Background:

- Min. 3- 5 years of experience in food product development


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.