Location Kingston, 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 overall purpose of this placement is to support The Institute for Gender & Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office (IGDS, RCO) and improve its visibility, with a view to extending its reach of influence through the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing strategy.
As a volunteer, you will work on visibility of the IGDS office but also on gender sensitization campaigns alongside the Cuso Jamaica Office staff and support research activities into the gender landscape of Jamaica.
The overall purpose of this placement is to support The Institute for Gender & Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office (IGDS, RCO) with identifying and mobilizing financial and other resources to advance the work of the Institute. As a volunteer, you will also assist with the writing of grant applications and the development of project and budget plans and assist with building external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities to expand our work in gender & development.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support with identifying funding opportunities at the international, regional and local levels and bringing them to the attention of the Director for decision
- Assist with writing funding proposals, including project and budget plans
- Assist with the mobilization of financial resources from donor agencies/sponsors
-Support the monitoring submission and quality of project deliverables to donor agencies/sponsors
-Support the training of staff in effective grant writing
Essential Academic Qualifications:
At minimum a first degree in Public Finance, Public Administration, Social Sciences, or a relevant field
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience working with donors and funding agencies
-Strong understanding of the donor and funding processes
-Experienced grant writer
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Proficiency in MS Office
-Strong leadership and management skills
-Strong team player
Institute of Gender & Development Studies
The Institute for Gender & Development Studies was established in 1993 and consists of the Office of the University Director (Regional Coordinating Office or RCO), located in the Regional Headquarters of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and currently three Campus-based Units, each with its own Head, located at Cave Hill, Mona, and St Augustine. The Regional Coordinating Office (RCO) functions as the administrative hub of the regional Institute and as such, the University Director, based in the RCO, has oversight of the Campus-based Units. The primary task of the RCO is to coordinate major regional activities in consultation with the Unit Heads and their community partners. In addition to its administrative duties, the RCO accepts its charge to help finance the enterprise and does so through collaborative initiatives with its partners. Currently, the RCO administers the Graduate Programme at the Mona Campus.
The Mission of the IGDS is “To produce and disseminate knowledge to transform gender relations in the Caribbean, in support of the UWI’s mission to enhance regional and international development.” The vision seeks to ensure that “All UWI graduates are committed to social justice and the promotion of gender-responsive human relations and development.” The RCO’s current theme is Race, Activism, Community Engagement and Education (RACE).
In conjunction with the other IGDS Units, the RCO works to deliver interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programmes characterized by excellence in the following areas: Teaching -guided by Feminist Theories and Gender and Development perspectives, principles and practices; Research from a gender perspective that investigates societal issues and challenges and that results in publications; and Building Partnerships and mobilizing resources to facilitate its work that involve public service, outreach and activism to help in the transformation of gender relations and the promotion of social justice.
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.