Location Yangon, Myanmar
Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 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
Colors Rainbow (CRB) is an emerging LGBT rights umbrella organization which works on building a common understanding and acceptance of dignity and human rights to end discrimination against LGBT people in Myanmar. CRB envisions a tolerant, non-discriminatory society that respects, promotes and protects LGBT rights in Myanmar. In this placement, you will work with them to make that vision a reality.
As an organizational development advisor, you will support in building fundraising and reporting skill for the organization. During the placement, you will work closely with the development coordinator to build funding proposals, map donors, and enhance monitoring, evaluation and reporting practices to ensure that CRB has the evidence necessary to illustrate the efficacy of their work. On any given day you may be supporting a brainstorming session to think through innovative ideas for CRB programming, you may be sitting at your computer crafting proposals that get funded, or you may be editing reports to ensure that they reflect the work being done on the ground.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Draft funding proposal according to the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan of the organization
- Collaborate on the design of monitoring & evaluation (M&E) tools, follow up and compile reports of implemented activities
- Compile and write appealing success stories from projects and activities to be used for fundraising, advocacy and communication activities
- Update “Theory of Change” using participatory methods to ensure it reflects the understanding of the organization
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in development, social science, public management or equivalent degree
Essential Professional Background:
- Gender sensitivity
- Experienced in resource mobilization
- Experienced in M&E
- Creative, independent and highly self-motivated
- Strongly committed to human rights and social justice
- Respect diversity and different cultures
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Flexible, innovative and most importantly fun
Colors Rainbow (CRB) is a LGBT rights umbrella organization with offices in Yangon and Dawei, Tanintharyi Region. CRB has its roots in the LGBT program started by the NGO Equality Myanmar (EQMM, formerly Human Rights Education Institute of Burma) in 2007, and has since grown into Myanmar’s leading LGBT rights organization. CRB transitioned from Thailand to Myanmar in 2013 where it has expanded its work on enhancing a common understanding and acceptance of dignity and human rights in order to end discrimination against LGBT people in Myanmar.
Since 2016, CRB has begun its transition towards becoming an independent organization. CRB recruited its first ever Executive Director, starting from May 1, 2017, to assist in carrying out the transition. In June, CRB formed a Management Committee (MCOMM) to handle all management level issues in the organization, following EQMM’s model. The MCOMM consists of the Executive Director, Program Director and Operations Director. EQMM continues to provide financial management, advocacy and strategic advice to CRB.
CRB’s activities serve to empower LGBT activists and increase social and legal acceptance while reducing the violence and discrimination faced by the LGBT community. Our work aims to integrate LGBT rights into the mainstream of human rights activism, to highlight the importance of focusing on the LGBT demographic in the pursuit of building a national culture of human rights. The political space for LGBT activism has opened up and the demand for LGBT resources is growing.
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
- 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.