Job: Resource Mobilization Advisor (volunteer) at Cuso International


Location: Calabar, Cross River
Job Type: Volunteer
Start date: June 2022
Duration of the internship: 9 months with possibility of extension
Language requirements: English Level 5-Fluent

About the project and the partner
Project – Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE):

  • Cuso International will implement 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, especially women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals .
  • In addition to increasing Canadians’ engagement in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of partner countries to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality. Gender in Support of Canada’s Action Areas Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner – Media campaign against human trafficking:

  • MeCAHT is a faith-based, media-led international coalition working to reduce the incidences of human trafficking among vulnerable groups in South Africa, Nigeria and Europe.
  • MeCAHT runs a shelter in Abuja that offers a residential aftercare program for survivors of sex trafficking. The goal is to rehabilitate and empower recovered victims with practical and life skills to enable them to reintegrate into society.

The role of the volunteer

  • Are you passionate about generating resources for the development of programs that advance gender equality and reduce discrimination against women? If so, this role could be for you!
  • As a Resource Mobilization Advisor, you will work closely with the project team to develop the capacity of local partners to raise resources aimed at supporting and strengthening women’s organizations and movements that advance women’s rights , gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

As a volunteer, you:

  • Develop a fundraising strategy
  • Build capacity of DCP staff in proposal writing
  • Develop a list of donors in the CDP thematic area.

The necessary required

  • University degree in a relevant field (business administration, social sciences).

Essential context:

  • Experience in developing concept notes and writing proposals.

Other requirements:

  • Please note that if you are shortlisted for the internship, you will need to:
  • Provide two professional references and one personal reference
  • Perform an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your internship
  • Obtain a police check at our request
  • Pass a comprehensive medical examination and obtain medical clearance from the Cuso International medical advisor before departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double-vaccinated in accordance with the Vaccines approved by the World Health Organization.

Fund raising :

  • We ask each volunteer, regardless of the length of the placement, 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 meet the fundraising goal, they can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

Training and briefing before departure:

  • We are committed to helping you prepare for your internship as well as possible.
  • You will have an advisor to walk you through the process and 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-departure training:

  • Skills and Knowledge Program for Working in Development (SKWID)
  • Self-directed information materials, online training, and external resources accessible 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 on the pre-departure training.
  • This will be done either by the country program office or the supporting partner organization.
  • This normally lasts 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access continuing language training opportunities.
  • In-country orientation equips you with the country-specific skills, knowledge, and information needed to be successful in your job placement.
  • Additionally, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with ongoing in-country support throughout the duration of your internship.

Protection against sexual exploitation and abuse:

  • Cuso International works with poor, vulnerable and marginalized people, primarily women and girls, to eradicate poverty and inequality. We understand the need to uphold and apply the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.
  • At Cuso International, we believe that all people, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), gender , age, criminal record, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity or disability have the right to live a life free from harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Cuso International considers all forms of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse to be inconsistent with the fundamental belief in the human dignity of all, international and national agreements and standards, and with its core values. Cuso International volunteers must agree to abide by policies on Child Protection, Prevention of Workplace Violence, Prevention of Workplace Harassment and Discrimination, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Code of conduct.

Residence and Citizenship

  • The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants reside in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process.
  • Occasionally, we receive applications from volunteer applicants who reside outside of Canada at the time of application.
  • In both cases, between your application date and the start date of the internship, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and quickly throughout the process.
  • We may need your passport and would need to know your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time.
  • You will also need unlimited access to Canada during this time for training, if applicable.


  • Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the implications of traveling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and leaving your country of residence for placement with the immigration authority where you live. .
  • By applying for this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency, and immigration status or penalties resulting from travel for pre-departure training, international placement, or any other trip related to Cuso International.

You should check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These provisions allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status can be revoked.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.

Support package:

  • Modest monthly subsistence allowance (varies by country)
  • Accommodation during the internship
  • Round-trip airfare and visa/work permit fees
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial drugs and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation (more details below)
  • On-the-ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program during the internship and upon return
  • Bonus: additional return flight or cash payment after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for an additional 6 months.

Terms and conditions

  • The terms and conditions of Cuso International allow you to lead a modest and healthy life while being effective in your internship.
  • This support program will cover a volunteer’s basic living expenses and is not intended to cover home expenses (e.g. loans, alimony payments, etc.) or luxuries such as items imported for placement or international personal travel.

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