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Fundraising And Communications Specialist

Metro Manila Philippines

6 Months | Start Date between May - Jul 2019

Location Quezon City, Philippines

Start Date May - Jul 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 Volunteer’s Role


The new volunteer will take over from the work of the Communications and Fundraising Specialist who worked with Trias until the end of June 2018. Focus of the new placement is on strengthening Trias partners in terms of the implementation of their communication plans, and developing and implementing their fundraising plans.

The Communications and Fundraising Specialist will provide support and capacity building to all partner organizations of Trias in Metro Manila and in Bicol region. Trias works with 8 membership-based organizations (MBOs) like cooperatives and business and trade associations who are composed of family farmers (FF) and small-scale entrepreneurs (SSE). These small-scale entrepreneurs are into different industries like food processing, handicrafts, services and others. The farmers work in the value chains of dairy, pineapple, abaca (Manila hemp), organic rice, pilinut etc. Membership of these MBOs include women, men and youth from poor, marginalized rural and urban communities. The volunteer will support all MBOs in developing / strengthening their communications and fundraising plans, and accompany them in the implementation of the plans towards a strong external communication and financial resource base of the organizations.

To a lesser extent, for not more than 30% of the task, the Specialist will further build capacity of the Trias Philippines - Southeast Asia office to promote and sell its work externally, to stakeholders, partners and donors, and raise funds to expand its operations in the Philippines and other countries in Southeast Asia. Viewing Trias new regionalization strategy, the volunteer will revise Trias fundraising and communications strategies and strengthen these to reflect the changed priorities.

As a volunteer, you will:

Field visits to membership-based organizations (MBOs) to familiarize with the partners, their programs and services, their operations and their communication priorities in their communication plans

Facilitate communication plan implementation of 8 partners based on the identified priorities towards:

- impacting social media presence

- strong visual presence in trade fairs, conferences, workshops

Capacity building of selected MBOs on fundraising:

- Fundraising training: strategic fundraising, proposal writing,   fundraising planning

Facilitate implementation of the fundraising plans with 8 partners towards effective proposal writing and fund accessing

- Donor mapping

- Fund proposal writing

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University Degree in Mass Communication, Social Science, or Business Management

Essential Professional Background:

- At least 3-5 years of experience in external communications and fundraising; development of promotional materials, and proposal writing

- Strategic and operational planning; communications and business planning

- Training and coaching experience

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Understanding of participatory approaches to development.


About Our Partner


Trias Southeast Asia

Trias is an international development organization headquartered in Brussels working to help realize the aspirations of enterprising people all over the world. Trias brings together like-minded farmers and entrepreneurs who support each other to make their dreams come true. The organization works in 15 countries with over 100 partner organizations to strengthen them as relevant, inclusive and sustainable organization that promote inclusive growth in favor of the small-scale entrepreneurs and family farmers.

The Trias – Philippine team is seeking to build urban-rural bridges by connecting entrepreneurs to each other and to other cities. In addition, the Trias – Philippines team seeks to raise awareness about the barriers to economic development that farmers face.


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

- 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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.