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Program Development Advisor at Cuso International


Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Program Development Advisor

Location: Calabar, Cross River
Employment Type: Volunteer
Start Date: June 2022
Placement Length: 6 months with the possibility of extension

Project – Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

  • We will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

The Volunteer’s Role

  • If you are passionate about improving the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls this role might be for you!
  • As the Program Start up advisor you will work closely with the project team to conduct Organizational capacity needs assessments of our partners.
  • You will also help them in developing their capacities-based violence training addressing sexual and gender, early and forced marriage and gender mutilation
  • Apply for this position and let’s make a difference together!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Support with conducting Organizational Capacity Assessment
  • Support Partnership Development process.
  • Identify and conduct/recommend training in areas of need as exposed during the CAP process.

Essential Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degreen in Health, Program Development, or any other Social Science related field.

Essential Background:

  • 1 – 3 years of experience in Health and/or Program Management.
  • Skills particularly in Organizational Capacity Assessment, working with groups and teams of professionals, and liaising with government and non-government organizations;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Experience in learning facilitation
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

Language Requirements:

  • English Reading and Speaking Level 5-Fluent, Writing Level 4-Advanced.

Pre Departure Training and Briefing

  • We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the process and will receive essential training as part of your preparation.
  • This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of Pre DepartureTraining:

  • Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program
  • Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal
  • Online health briefing
  • Fundraising 101 Webinar.

In-Country Training and Learning:

  • You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the pre-departure training.
  • This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization.
  • This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities.
  • In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending on country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation (more details below)
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only

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