Location Kingston, Jamaica
Start Date Apr - Jun 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
As the Program Development Advisor, you will support the staff the of the Women Centre of Jamaica Foundation, in their daily operations working with at the Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC). The ARC needs to develop their program to effectively reach youth and increase their knowledge in sexual & reproductive health, to enable them to make informed decisions about their lifestyles. As a volunteer, you will support the centre in developing these programs & information sessions to reach teens across Kingston and support the daily operations of the centre.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Review organizational and administrative structures
-Support staff in developing educational sexual and health programs to reach youth across Kingston
-Support staff in managing the needs of teen moms
-Establish monitoring and evaluation approaches to measure program impact and track the progress of participants.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in social work, administration or related field
Essential Professional Background:
-Excellent oral and writing skills
-Ability to self-initiate and identify solutions
-Experience in capacity building, organizational development, program administration
-Good understanding of organizational systems and structures.
-Experience developing online databases or filing systems.
-Experience working with sensitive and confidential information.
-Experience working with teens
-Understanding of teen pregnancy and accompanying issues.
Women Center of Jamaica Foundation
The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation focuses on education, training and developmental counselling, with a view to improve levels of employment and productivity among young women. WCJF motivates young mothers to choose education instead of continuous motherhood.
The Women's Centre Program for Adolescent Mothers was established in 1978 in response to the high level of teenage pregnancy experienced by the country. WCJF’s Program for Adolescent Mothers encourages the continued education of pregnant or lactating girls under the age of 17 years. The goals are for teen mothers to return to school after the birth of their babies, to delay a second pregnancy until their professional goals are achieved, and to raise the employment potential of young mothers so that they have a viable alternative to depending on men for support.
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
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- 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 Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work 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 assessment and 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 an assessment day, training course, 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.