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Student Counsellor Advisor

Pawe, Ethiopia

9 Months | Start Date between Apr - Jun 2019

Location Pawe, Ethiopia

Start Date Apr - Jun 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 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


BSG is one of Ethiopia’s emerging regional states with an estimate total population of nearly a million people. The Regional Health Bureau (RHB) is making every effort to provide integrated, effective, and equitable health services through extensively expanding primary health care program. Currently there are 37 Health Centres and 398 Health Posts operating as primary health care units for the general community and few more are under construction. Nonetheless, limitation of skilled health workers, supplies and management support has impeded the quality of services provided in most of these health facilities. Pawe College of health science is the only health science college managed by the regional health bureau in addition to the federal university, Assosa University. This college has no student counsellor Advisor that helps to analyze gaps that hinders the institution to serve the community at scale.

Overall purpose: student counsellor plays a vital role in giving advices and providing guidance to the students about their personal or academic life. Helps the students to deal with the pressures of life and is also responsible for monitoring the overall psychological growth of the students.


-To guide the students regarding their career decisions and helping them understand their potential and provide help to pursue their goals.

-To help the students understand their skill sets and provide them ways to utilize it.

-To advise the students on their personal problems and helps them to resolve it.

-To develop culturally appropriate psychosocial activities, including social support activities

As a volunteer, you will:

-Coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to help students establish personal goals and develop future plans.

-Develop positive relationships and provide extra support for individual students as needed/ Assist with career/academic portfolio development.

-Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.

-Collaborate with relevant community stakeholders to address student needs

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Undergraduate degree in counseling, psychology, sociology or social work is the first step in becoming a mental health counselor.

-Experience of working in a counselling  

-Experience of working with conditions such as anxiety, low confidence and low mood.

Essential Professional Background:

-Extensive experience in counselling individual and group of cases

-Experience in conducting needs assessment, and delivering in-service training    

-Able to work collaboratively with team  

-Commitment to achieve results


About Our Partner


Pawe Health Science College

The national heath structure was revised in 1995. Accordingly, the RHB was established in the same year but it has been evolving in scale and size. Pawe College of Health Science is also recently upgraded to college level from nursing school in 2013. There are five departments in the college. These are Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Extension and Health Information technology departments. The college founds within 525 km distance from Addis Ababa. Pawe health science college is established to train and deploy competent health professionals for the marginalized community of the region with the following organizational vision, mission and values.

Mission: Provide demand based practical training to produce skilled and self-reliant manpower for aspiring and currently operating health care industry and to assist the growth of national economy by under taking scientific research.

Vision: By 2020 G.C to be reputable training institution in training of competent and disciplined mid and high-level health care professions that who will be respectful, compassionate and care to satisfy the need of the health industry.

Core Values: Accountability, Transparency, Quality of service, Working for change, Demand based training, Impartiality.


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.