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Business Development Advisor

Kingston, Jamaica

12 Months | Start Date between Feb - Apr 2019

Location Jamaica

Start Date Feb - Apr 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

The Volunteer’s Role


The overall purpose of this placement is to support the Foundation in identifying funding opportunities which will in turn enable them to engage its surrounding communities in a more impactful way.

Working in collaboration with the President of the Foundation to whom you will report, you will have responsibility for researching, identifying, preparing and submitting of grant proposals to local and international grant/ donor agencies and the development of fundraising activities in line with the needs of the organization and/or its programs. Joytown is working towards implementation of community programming related to entrepreneur development and sustainable farming.

As a volunteer, you will support JoyTown Foundation in building its capacity to becoming a robust, sustainable social enterprise through identifying and procuring needed resources and supporting staff training in resource mobilization which will in turn increase their impact on the community and its young people.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Develop a grant/ fundraising strategic plan through research & consultation with staff

-Assist in resource mobilization and grant funding for programs

-Support robust research into funding opportunities in the market

-Assist with writing and submitting grants

-Provide capacity building workshops for knowledge transfer to staff on successful grant writing

-Creating/designing grant writing templates

- Enterprise initiatives researched and identified

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University/Tertiary degree in nonprofit management

- Tertiary degree in Proposal Development

Essential Professional Background:

-Track record of successful grant applications/ fundraising

-Strong appreciation for and ability to use marketing, public relations, and fundraising activities to engage a wide range of stakeholders

-Proven expertise in writing quality grants for at-risk youth

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator


About Our Partner


Joy Town Foundation

Joy Town Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which was founded by Major Richard Cooke and Pastor Bobby Wilmot in 2001. It is incorporated for the specific purpose of aiding community development in Trench Town and its environs. Joy Town’s mission is to help transform the communities of Trench Town into peaceful, productive, communities with enhanced education, training and economic opportunities, and for the model to be reproducible in other communities across the City and the Island.


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

- 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.