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Business Development Services Lead Advisor

CUSO International


Location:  Ottawa - placement in Tanzania
Start Date: Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement: 12 Months
Language Requirements:
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

To support the Tanzania Local Economic Development project (T-LED)  Head of Project (HoP)  and  Cuso  International Country Director in directing  and managing  the delivery of Business Development Services standardized training, including, advising and one-on-one coaching. Additionally, supporting  the Head of Project and team in  resource management, budgeting and reporting, and M&E activities.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Support/develop collaboratively - with the Business Development Services advisors– the Business Development Services training and Advisor coaching plans and schedules; manage implementation and adherence to deliverables
  • Identify potential partners that can enhance Business Development Services delivery and establish relationships; build effective working relationships with stakeholders
  • Assist in ensuring appropriate resources are available meeting the required skills, & competencies necessary to achieve results; motivate the Business Development Services and Advisor teams
  • Support the Finance Officer develop, monitor and manage the Business Development Services budget
  • Work with M&E specialist to ensure that T-LED Business Development Services metrics, monitoring and recording is integrated in overall project M&E framework and tools

    Essential Academic Qualification

  • A degree in business, business administration, or related field

Essential Professional Background:

  • At least three-five years’ experience in business management or Project Management in a service delivery environment
  • Facilitation, coaching and training skills

    About Our Partner

    T-Led Project - VSO Tanzania and Cuso International

    The Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-Led) project is aimed at developing enhanced equitable and sustainable economic growth and prosperity for women and men in the Mtwara, Lindi, Mwanza and Iringa regions of Tanzania. This aligns with our project partner, the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), along with goals of increasing private sector development, small industry development (SIDO) and women-led business growth (TWCC).

    The project aims to increase economic growth and prosperity in two ways:

    1) By increasing the income and growth potential of female and male entrepreneurs in the value chains related to foreign direct investment in agriculture and the extractive industries and

    2) By enhancing small and medium-sized enterprises support services provided by Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC), SIDO and TCCIA in the target regions.

    Terms and Conditions:

    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.

    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


    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.

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