Business Development Advisor - Volunteer in Jamaica

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Location Jamaica
Start Date Oct - Dec 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

The overall purpose of this placement is to support the Foundation in identifying funding opportunities which will in turn enable them to engage its surrounding communities in a more impactful way.

Working in collaboration with the President of the Foundation to whom you will report, you will have responsibility for researching, identifying, preparing and submitting of grant proposals to local and international grant/ donor agencies and the development of fundraising activities in line with the needs of the organization and/or its programs. Joytown is working towards implementation of community programming related to entrepreneur development and sustainable farming.

As a volunteer, you will support JoyTown Foundation in building its capacity to becoming a robust, sustainable social enterprise through identifying and procuring needed resources and supporting staff training in resource mobilization which will in turn increase their impact on the community and its young people.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Develop a grant/ fundraising strategic plan through research & consultation with staff
  • Assist in resource mobilization and grant funding for programs
  • Support robust research into funding opportunities in the market
  • Assist with writing and submitting grants
  • Provide capacity building workshops for knowledge transfer to staff on successful grant writing
  • Creating/designing grant writing templates
  • Enterprise initiatives researched and identified

Essential Academic Qualifications:

  • University/Tertiary degree in nonprofit management
  • Tertiary degree in Proposal Development

Essential Professional Background:

  • Track record of successful grant applications/ fundraising
  • Strong appreciation for and ability to use marketing, public relations, and fundraising activities to engage a wide range of stakeholders
  • Proven expertise in writing quality grants for at-risk youth
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator

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 (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


Monthly stipend, flights, accommodation, health coverage, etc.
Start Date: 
Sat, 10/20/2018
15 Oct 2018
Cuso International
44 Eccles
Ottawa  Ontario
Entrepreneurship & Business Development