City Assosa, Ethiopia
Start Date Jan - Mar 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
To support and advise in the production of educational material for youth in the areas of social risk prevention and to improve the effectiveness of Benishangul-Gumuz Regional Health Bureau in providing quality health services. Hence, through capacity building and gap analysis, this post holder (the volunteer) will work with the regional health bureau members and different departments of the bureau and provide the health workers with technical support (training, mentoring, capacity building activities) to deliver relevant and engaging health services, improving client satisfaction and helping increase the bureaus’ service delivery.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Working in collaboration with the RHB leadership, staff in reviewing and adjustment of existing educational materials for social risk prevention
-Work with various project staff, and local partners in preparation of a guide for factors on social risks prevention
-Work with partners to identify opportunities to support Primary Health Facilities
-Identify and support youth from the community for peer support mentoring and support community events
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-University Degree in education, gender studies, international development, social work or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience in capacity building, training and mentoring;
-Strong observation and analytical skills;
-Excellent verbal and communication skills;
-Experience developing and delivering gender equality interventions
-Experience in development of educational material
-Desire to work with organizations involved in marginalized communities.
Benishangul Gumuz Regional Health Bureau (BSH-RHB)
BSG RHB supports three Zonal health offices, 21 health offices, 2 general hospitals and all public and private health care facilities within Benishangul Gumuz Regional State. Among the staff based in the RHB, 29 of are health professionals (9 MSc holders in public health fields).
In the region, to see healthy, productive and prosperous society
To reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability as well as improve the health status of the regional society by providing a comprehensive package of preventive, promotive and rehabilitative, and basic curative health services via a decentralized and democratized health system in collaboration with all stakeholders
- Customer should be served first
Fair health service for all society
- Outreaching basic health services for all society
- Co-operation would be our custom
- Adopting confidentiality
- Be role model to provide standardized and quality health service
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.
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.