Business Development Advisor - Volunteer in Jamaica

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Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Cuso International
  • Community Outreach
  • Professional Services
On-going (More than 1 year)
  • Youth (over 18)
  • Families (adults with children)
  • Seniors
  • Ontario - Hamilton Area - Toronto
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area
  • Alberta - Calgary Area
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland
  • Quebec - Montreal

City  Kingston, Jamaica

Start Date Mar - May 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer’s Role

We're looking for a volunteer like you to support three local partners in their communities in Jamaica: the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA), the Jamaica Society for the Blind, and the Abilities Foundation.

Cuso International collaborates with different types of partners in sustainable economic development, including private sector companies, networks and platforms, to help the communities to achieve sustainable growth and change. The CDA is a distinguished advocacy agency representing people with disabilities in Jamaica and advocates for access to housing, public transport, training, education, employment, health care, recreation and many other areas.

As a volunteer, you will support the development of a social enterprise that will provide a new stream of revenue for the organization. In this role, you will provide support by conducting a business feasibility study for the proposed enterprise, develop a business plan, and identify potential investors, partners and funders.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Conduct a business feasibility study and business plan for a social enterprise

-Identify potential investors, partners and/or funders

-Assist with proposal and grant writing, train staff to be effective grant writers

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Undergraduate degree in business administration or accounting

-Course work organizational change, strategic management, economics, entrepreneurship

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience developing strategic business plans

-Experience working with people with disabilities       

-Familiarity with the non-profit sector  

-Excellent oral and writing skills

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

- 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


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