Location Calabar, Nigeria
Start Date Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to all nationalities outside of Nigeria
The overall objective of this placement is to help Cuso International’s Nigeria country program office to consider ways to effectively measure how well the Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development (YouLead) project activities have met expected results as documented in the Project Monitoring Framework (PMF). S/He will look at the way that change does and does not happen and help us to account for the performance of the project to our funders and other key stakeholders. S/He will support the Nigeria’s MEAL team to visit business locations, interview beneficiaries and write stories of change, exploring how change happened and how we move from training to behaviour change with partners. At the end of the placement, you will have assisted the MEAL team document best practices, human interest stories, lessons learnt and other case scenarios that will better help the project to track and document change and, over time, learn from the monitoring and adapt our programming to be more effective.
The YouLead project is a 5-year collaborative initiative between Cuso International and implementing partners to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship in natural resource sectors of agriculture, forestry, ecotourism, renewable energy and aquaculture in Cross River State, Nigeria. The project is aligned with the CRS government’s vision to address high youth unemployment and rural-urban drift of young women and men through the sustainable development of priority natural resources and economic sectors. In support of this vision the project aims to improve the capacity of young women and men to develop businesses and engage in the labor force, and to foster the enabling environment required to create ‘greener jobs in a greener economy’.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Read and review relevant Cuso International’s Strategic Plan for the YouLead project, annual implementation reports and Project Monitoring Framework and existing Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning system (MEAL), data collection templates and tools etc.
-Participate in meetings with Cuso International Country Program Office, volunteers, and Cuso Partner organizations with the objective to identify how these stakeholders think that change does and does not happen through volunteerism
-Support the development of a MEAL research agenda and data collection tools to be administered in communities
-Support in the midterm and annual report writing process, particularly in editing content and layout setting
-Support the development of study protocols to guide conduct of research in communities. Support in data analysis and writing of impact stories, success stories, best practices, human interest stories and lessons learned
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University/post-secondary degree/diploma in evaluation, monitoring and evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative research techniques training
Essential Professional Background:
-At least 3 years of experience in project implementation with good skills in performance reporting and research implementation.
-Particularly, the international volunteer will have demonstrable skills in qualitative reporting -i.e. writing success stories, human interest stories, case stories and best practices etc.
Cuso International Nigeria Program Office
Cuso International has supported Nigeria’s development priorities since 1961 through their work in the education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihood, youth employment and entrepreneurship sectors. Cuso International is now executing the YouLead project in Nigeria that is supported by the Government of Canada.
The YouLead project is designed to promote youth employment through job creation and entrepreneurship in the natural resources sectors — agriculture, forestry, and ecotourism — as well as to support state government institutions in developing natural resource policies and programs. YouLead will support skills transferal and growth in the small business sector by matching experienced Nigerian and Canadian professionals with Nigerian youth.
Cuso International is currently exploring opportunities to widen their scope of work in Nigeria with the potential of implementing a health program in Cross River State that could expand to the Lagos State over the next 5 years. The main goal of the health program would be to increase the quality and gender responsiveness of health services for women, children and youth by ministries, departments, agencies and civil society organizations.
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
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.