City Mangua Nicaragua
Start Date Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Our Partner Federacion de Mujeres Productoras del Campo (FEMUPROCAM) is an organization of women farmers and entrepreneurs who work to develop women´s leadership at the local and national level, promoting actions that benefit women in rural areas. Their strategy targets organization, training and empowerment of women towards economic growth, production and entrepreneurship, with a gender and development, cooperatives and environmental approach.
Cuso International Nicaragua is looking for a volunteer to help Femuprocam to develop a market price observatory for red beans in order to provide accurate marketing decision making information to improve women´s income. As a volunteer with Femuprocam, you will contribute to very interesting economic initiatives, including some work on a road market where they sell their produce, and sell services. Your knowledge of markets, small businesses and marketing will support women entrepreneurs in stabilizing their income, to improve their lives and the ones of their families.
Femuprocam is located in Managua, but your work will have to be part-time at the Managua office and part-time in field in rural areas. Femuprocam has offices in rural areas and to establish and train the market monitoring network, you will have to visit them.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Organize a price and market monitoring network among Femuprocam members in different geographical areas.
- Design a price and market data collecting and processing system that can be friendly to Femuprocan members, and allows affective and updated data availability.
- Train Femoprocam members in how to implement the system and take better marketing decisions.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Agribusiness, International Development or other relevant combination of experience and studies.
Essential Professional Background:
- 3 to 5 years of experience in agricultural marketing / business management.
- Experience in collection and processing of market intelligence data.
- Experience in value chain analysis.
- Market analysis handling.
- Knowledge-transferring capabilities.
- Sensitivity towards gender and generational equality.
- Experience working with low income beneficiaries.
- Basic knowledge of computer softwares.
FEMUPROCAN is a union organization which supports 1910 partners, affiliated in 71 cooperatives. These cooperatives are based on land tenure/individual property, agri-business on small and medium scale and well as the commercialization of local products. These cooperatives are affiliated together in to 10 secondary level agribusiness unions. FEMUPROCAN was created in 1997 by 100 cooperatives from 10 cooperative unions. FEMUPROCAN promotes the integral empowerment of women producers organized in cooperatives so that they achieve a full participation in the development process. The women of FEMUPROCAN are from six departments and one autonomous region, representing 17 municipalities and 99 communities.
The Mission of FEMUPROCAN is to promote empowerment of rural women producers, organized in cooperatives with the goal of their full participation in development.
The Vision of FEMUPROCAN is of an organization of empowered women, who start initiatives and have the capacity to participate and insert themselves into development. They have a progressive vision and sufficient means to support their businesses and projects, securing their futures and the continuity of their efforts.
Strengthen the organizational space of the Federation, the participation and cooperative relations between associates.
Strengthen the union identity and gender of cooperative women of FEMUPROCAN
Strengthen the economic capacities of members in production, adding value and marketing.
Strengthen the capacity for advocacy by cooperative members towards existing authorities in each territory.
Strengthen the management of funds for the implementation of planning processes
Consolidate the Planning, Monitoring and evaluation system and information management within the Federation.
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
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.