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Partnership Development Advisor

Calabar Nigeria

12 Months | Start Date between Feb - Apr 2019

Location Calabar, Nigeria

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 Partnership Development Advisor will play an important role in supporting the Cuso International team in Nigeria in carrying out research, identifying and supporting efforts of the country office to build sustainable partnerships with potential Cuso International supporters. The research and relationship building should include institutional donors, corporate foundations, philanthropy organizations and the private sector. The information that will be collected and compiled will inform the country office in developing project concepts and proposals, which donor to approach and how to approach them. It will also feed into the development of the Cuso International funding strategy for Nigeria.

The Nigeria program has 2 projects, the VOICE project due to end in March 2020 and the YouLead Project due to end in March 2019. This necessitates the urgent need to identify and build these partnerships with potential donors to increase our chances of funding for the programs of the country office. The main areas of focus will be on our Goal areas 2 and 3 which are improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people and advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls respectively. Other current priorities for the country include the development of new programs/project proposals and securing funding for new programs that would benefit the poor and marginalized communities, particularly the women and youth to increase its chances to access quality economic opportunities.

The placement location will be in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria even though the country program office is located in Calabar, Cross River State – about an hour flight from Abuja. The volunteer will work closely with the Country Representative, country program managers and the RPA (Regional Program Advisor).

As a volunteer, you will:

-Carry out a donor mapping of potential supporters of Cuso International’s work in Nigeria including the private sector

-Identify and organise introduction meetings with potential donors and maintain contact with support from Country Program Office (CPO). Arrange appointments with potential CPO staff

-Collect specific information about donor priorities, funding criteria, application procedures and -requirements, amount of funding, etc.

Review and update existing country funding strategy

-Participate in program development initiatives

-Participate in meetings and represent Cuso International as directed by the Country Program Office

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Education in Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Economics or Social Sciences

Essential Professional Background:

- At least 3 years’ experience in carrying out research

- Experience in partnership development and donor relations

- Experience in Resource mobilization or fundraising background.

- Concept note and proposal development

- Ability to analyze and to think critically.

- Ability to write clear and concise information.

- Ability to work with minimal supervision and take initiatives


About Us


Cuso International Nigeria Program Office

Cuso International has supported Nigeria’s development priorities since 1961 through their work in the education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihood, youth employment and entrepreneurship sectors.

Cuso International is currently exploring opportunities to widen their scope of work in Nigeria with the potential of implementing a health program in Cross River State that could expand to the Lagos State over the next 5 years. The main goal of the health program would be to increase the quality and gender responsiveness of health services for women, children and youth by ministries, departments, agencies and civil society organizations.


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.