City Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Start Date Jul - Sep 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 9 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
Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.
Cuso International and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) are collaborating in the implementation of « Midwives Save Lives » (MSL) project, for which the organizations have received financial support from Global Affairs Canada. This initiative echoes the growing consensus regarding the key role that midwives and their associations can play in the efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rates around the world. The MSL project will contribute to the improvement of maternal and neonatal health outcomes in 4 countries (Benin, DRC, Ethiopia, and Tanzania) though actions aimed at reinforcing the availability, access and quality of sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health services offered my midwives in selected regions of the target countries.
More specifically, Cuso International and CAM, in close collaboration with local midwifery associations will carry out activities aimed at i) enhancing skills and competencies of pre and in-service midwives; ii) strengthening health services so that they can work better with and for midwives; iii) improving the utilization of health services at the community level in the regions targeted by the project; and iv) strengthening the capacity of midwifery associations so they respond better to the needs of their members, better advocate on their behalf and play a greater role in the efforts to improve the quality and coverage of health services offered by midwives with an emphasis on maternal respectful care.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide the necessary support for organization of knowledge sharing events and project review meetings
- Prepare proceedings for project review and learning workshops.
- Participate in knowledge sharing and learning events organized by partner organizations.
- Customize, test and apply learning exercises (including peer assist, action review, after action review, knowledge café, etc.) with the guidance of the Knowledge Management Officer.
- Gather and organize multimedia materials (Photos, videos, etc.), and prepare audio postcards
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Masters in social sciences (sociology, anthropology, development studies, etc) or relevant field is preferred
Essential Professional Background:
- At least two years’ experience in Knowledge sharing/management role
Farm Radio is an international non-profit organization based in Canada and dedicated to serving African farming families and rural communities trough radio. The organization has currently more than 650 radio partners in 40 Sub-Saharan countries to fight poverty and food insecurity through high quality radio programs. These radios reach more then ten million of small-scale farmers with life-changing information and opportunities. The mission of Farm Radio is to help African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities through radio programs that are informative, interactive and entertaining. To achieve these objective Farm Radio develops radio resources and trainings for selected broadcasting partners.
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
- 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.