City Vinzon, Philippines
Start Date Jan - Mar 2019 (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 Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
All Cuso placements will help contribute to the Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth (ISEG) project of Cuso International’s Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program, funded by the Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Cuso International, Cuso International’s key assets are our direct people-to-people engagement, expressed primarily through multiple types of volunteering. Through the skills and commitment of our volunteer professionals, our inclusive approach to mobilizing effective partnerships, the alignment of our programs with national and global development priorities, and our commitment to learning, innovation and delivering real and sustainable outcomes, Cuso International is better able to promote equitable and sustainable economic growth, access to quality social services and active citizenship around the world.
This placement is to support CANOFECO, a federation of cooperatives in Camarines Norte, Philippines, in the implementation and operationalization of a trading and marketing center targeting family farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs in Bicol region. The volunteer will support CANOFECO to build its capacity on business management especially in the area of marketing, and development/strengthening of its social enterprises – business development services provider consolidation/trader, the processing, handicrafts, services and others. The volunteer will work directly with the management team of CANOFECO. (and coordinate with Trias, a partner in this business/program of CANOFECO) Under the supervision of the CANOFECO management team, the volunteer may be requested to liaise with the Trias satellite office in Naga from time to time,
CANOFECO has worked with CUSO Volunteer on setting up the marketing/ trading business particularly the business planning. The business plan currently outlines CANOFECO’s direction in broad strokes and the details for implementation including setting-up the mechanisms for the business systems are in order.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Field visits and meetings with member cooperatives particularly the direct partner or potential client of the marketing business in order to familiarize self on the different programs and activities and sector they are operating or serving by these member cooperatives
-Review and understand the businesses and different enterprises of members cooperatives, support services of MBOs to entrepreneurs and the needs of each MBOs
-Support CANOFECO and work with management to enhance the business plan, strengthen structures and systems needed to manage the marketing businesses, facilitate strategy development (among others in the fields of marketing and promotion, business upscaling, inventory management, cash flow mgt., purchases, logistics, etc.) and coaching in implementation of the strategies for the marketing / trading business of CANFOECO
-Coach and mentor relevant staff as leads on the implementation and management services of the enterprise of CANOFECO
-To assist target member cooperatives (tentatively with PDCI, TAMUCO, ARBOS) that are directly related to the marketing business of CANOFECO
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University Degree in Business Administration/Management, Finance, Marketing
Essential Professional Background:
- 5-7 years of experience in business management, marketing
- Strategic planning, financial business planning, development of business management strategies, marketing and promotional strategies
- Systems development especially along marketing or trading business
- Project proposal writing
Camarines Norte Federation of Cooperatives
The Camarines Norte Federation of Cooperatives (CaNoFeCo) was developed from the original initiative of the old Camarines Norte Koop Ugnayan (CNKUI). One of the founders of CaNoFeCo was Mr. Rogelio Decal, former Vice President of the Land Bank of the Philippines. The original concept was to conglomerate and form a singular organization primarily aimed at cooperation among cooperatives. However, the organization has since diversified to better serve their primary cooperatives. CaNoFeCo is a registered non-government organization (NGO) with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission in 1993
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.