City Vinzon, Philippines
Start Date Jan - Mar 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 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 Trading Advisor will support our partner, Camarines Norte Federation of Cooperatives CaNoFeCo in the implementation and operationalization of a trading and marketing center that will benefit families of farmers and small entrepreneurs in Bicol Region. The placement will also support the federation to build its capacity in business management especially in the areas of marketing and social enterprise.
The placement is part of the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) project in the Philippines that is focused on inclusive sustainable economic growth (ISEG). The goal of the VOICE project is to improve the economic and social well-being of poor and marginalized communities.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Field visits and meetings with member cooperatives particularly the direct project implementors and potential clients of the marketing business
- Review reports/documents and understand the businesses or enterprises of the different member cooperatives, the needs of mass-based organizations or MBOs and the support services they are able to offer.
- Review proposed systems and procedures of the business based on the business plan.
- Support CaNoFeCo and work with management to enhance the business plan, strengthen structures and systems needed to manage the marketing business, facilitate strategy development, undertake coaching and implementation of the marketing or trading business
- Coach and mentor staff who will take the lead in implementation and provide support to the federation
- Assist target member cooperatives who will implement the marketing and trading business
Essential Academic Qualifications:
University degree in business administration or management, finance, marketing
Essential Professional Background:
-3-5 years of experience in business management and marketing
-Strategic planning, financial business planning, development of business management strategies, marketing and promotional strategies
-Systems development especially along marketing and trading business
-Project development and proposal writing
Camarines Norte Federation of Cooperatives
CANOFECO, a federation of cooperatives in Camarines Norte, Philippines in the implementation and operationalization of a trading and marketing center that will benefit family farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs in Bicol region. You will support CANOFECO to build its capacity on business management especially on the area of marketing, development and strengthening of its social enterprises. CANOFECO is developing businesses as 1) business development services provider for member cooperatives and 2) consolidator and processor of the agricultural produce like organic rice of their members. You will build on the work of a previous Cuso International volunteer who assisted CANOFECO in developing the business plan. The plan is in broad stroke and detailed implementation plan and setting-up the business systems to operationalize it is needed. You will work directly with management team of CANOFECO and will coordinate with Trias Southeast Asia, a partner and funder of CANOFECO.
Through its regional network, CANOFECO is reaching 52,000 people - men, women and youth from rural and poor communities throughout Bicol region.
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.